Friends of the Northern Flyer Alliance

founded 2010


Events


Rail Passengers Association Fall Meeting in Alexandria, Virginia on September 19 - 22, 2021


Amtrak Heartland Flyer Extension Media Roundtable (Zoom) June 8, 2021


NFA - Amtrak Townhall (Zoom)  May 17, 2021


Kansas Rail Caucus Meeting on the Downeaster with Patricia Quinn (Zoom) April 24, 2021


Kansas Rail Caucus Meeting as Mayor's Present (Zoom) March 10, 2021


Kansas Rail Caucus Meeting with Stu Nicholson (Zoom) February 17, 2021


Association of Rail Passengers Convention - April 16 - 18, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia


Northern Flyer Alliance Symposium – April 6, 2012


Theme: The Business Case for Passenger Rail


Symposium Agenda  Click here


NARP Symposium Handout  Click here


Symposium PowerPoint (Large 38.3 mb)  Click here


Speaker Profiles   Click here


Welcome by Councilman Scott Wagner  Click here


Pat & Kris Larkin  Click here


Chris Larson, President & CEO Larson Binkley, Inc.  Click here


Joe Szabo, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration Click here


Derrick James, Amtrak  Click here


Dennis Slimmer, KDOT  Click here


Ross Capon, President & CEO, Natl Association of Railroad Passengers Click here


Pete Meitzner, Councilman, Wichita, Kansas  Click here


Homer Nicholson, Mayor, Ponca City, Oklahoma  Click here


Rick Harnish, Executive Dir Midwest High Speed Rail Association Click here


Stu Nicholson, Engage Public Affairs Click here


Due to technical difficulties, the rest of the speakers were not recorded.


Location: Kansas City’s Union Station Board Room


The NFA held a Symposium on April 6, 2012 at Kansas City’s Union Station. The purpose was to create a venue for public officials, business owners, community leaders, the medical community, Board of Regents, railroad interests and elected officials from several Midwest states to come together to discuss why passenger rail is so important to businesses, the medical community, and society, and why the expansion of passenger rail is a fiscally conservative approach to the nation’s transportation problems.


The Symposium featurde panelists from around the Midwest with expertise and business interest in passenger rail expansion. We had the following panel participants:


Federal Railroad Adminstration, Joe Szabo, Administrator


National Assoc. Railroad Passengers, Ross Capon, President and CEO


Wichita City Council Member, Pete Meitzner


KDOT, Dennis Slimmer, Chief of Transportation Planning


Midwest High Speed Rail, Rick Harnish, Executive Director


Amtrak, Derrick James, Director of Government Affairs


KS Rail Caucus Member, and business owner, Sen. Dick Kelsey


Past MIPRC Commissioner, and business owner Sen. Daryl Beall, Iowa


Mayor, Ponca City, Oklahoma, Homer Nicholson


Larson Binkley (engineering firm), Chris Larson, Pres. & CEO


Flint Hills Tourism, Pat & Kris Larkin


Kansas University, Professor Wally Meyer, Director of Entrepreneurship Programs


Engage Public Affairs, Stu Nicholson


Missouri Department of Transportation, Michele Teel


The audience consisted of public officials, business owners, community leaders, the medical community, Board of Regents, railroad interests and elected officials from the states of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Texas and Oklahoma.


Sponsored by:


Northern Flyer Alliance


Kansas Rail Caucus


With Support From:


Larson Binkley, Inc.


D&M Consulting Services


The United Transportation Union