Who is excited for 2021?
Who is looking forward to getting back out on the railroad in the coming year?
2021 looks to be a good year for those of us who are concerned about the provision of passenger train service in the Carolinas and the country as a whole. We have a new administration in Washington that is supportive of strengthening and expanding train service in America. We have new COVID vaccines becoming available that with any luck will allow us to again visit family, get out with friends and travel in this great country. North Carolina has received grants that will allow us to purchase new locomotives and cars for the Piedmont service. Virginia has stepped up its schedule to purchase their portion of the S-line, triggering another grant to allow NC to purchase our portion. Things are happening!
But we have work to do in the coming year and out into the future. The pandemic has caused substantial harm to Amtrak and the travel industry in general. The General Assemblies of both North and South Carolina are still not as supportive of enabling passenger service in our states as they need to be. Tax revenues for the next 2-3 years will be tight and we will have to work hard to keep train service on track in the coming years.
To do this CAPT will need to be more active than it has been in the past few years and we need your support to
make this happen. We are asking you to take the time to join or renew your membership in CAPT, even if you have not
been active or paid any dues in the past few years. I am sure that you still have the same interest in new and improved services throughout North and South Carolina, and we want to make sure that it happens. It will take hard work on all our parts.
Please join or renew now.
Ralph S. Messera