April 9, 2015 has been designated National Transportation Infrastructure Day.  DVARP has joined a coalition of business, labor organizations, community groups and transportation advocates for all modes urge Congress to enact a long-term sustainable funded authorization of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (P.L. 112-141).  On Thursday, April 9 at 9:00 A.M. we will join a rally at Dilworth Park, adjacent City Hall in Philadelphia.

DVARP to host NARP Regional Meeting on March 28

The Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers (DVARP) will host the 2015 Tri-State Meeting (DE, NJ, PA) of NARP on Saturday, March 28, 2015.  The meeting will take place at the Friends Center, 15th and Cherry Streets, in Philadelphia, which is one block north of SEPTA’s Suburban Station.  SEPTA will accept Amtrak tickets on regional rail trains from 30th Street Station.  Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. with the meeting running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to be followed by a tour.  NARP President Emeritus Ross Capon; Amishi Castelli from the Volpe Group and Ruby Siegal from AECOM; and Byron Comati from Strategic Planning at SEPTA will address the meeting.  The price of admission, which includes refreshments, a buffet lunch, and a tour, is $35 if received by March 25, and $40 at the door.

In Memoriam: Ed Tennyson

On July 14th, Edson Leigh Tennyson, age 92, a transit industry professional, civil engineer and planner, passed away after several years of fighting cancer.

A full obituary can be found here:

Mr. Tennyson had a substantial impact on public transportation in southeastern Pennsylvania, serving as the Deputy Commissioner of Transportation in Philadelphia during the 1960’s and as Deputy Secretary of Transportation of Pennsylvania during the 1970’s. He was instrumental in the creation of SEPTA from the myriad of public and private transit operations in the region.

One of Mr. Tennyson’s (many) notable achievements was the successful advancement of using public money to subsidize continued passenger operations.

Mr. Tennyson was also a DVARP member and actively participated in helping to create the “Year 2000 Rail Transportation System for the Delaware Valley” study that was produced in 1979.

Through the years, Mr. Tennyson served as an occasional sounding board for various DVARP policy positions. His knowledge and insight will be greatly missed.