VTS: Passenger Rail - An Economic Engine Running Out Of Gas


The IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
National Capital Chapter
ONLINE MEETING Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Winner of the IEEE Northern Virginia Chapter of the Year 2017
Winner of the IEEE Northern Virginia Chapter of the Year 2018
You will need a computer with speakers to watch the presentation.  A microphone and webcam are optional but encouraged.
Cost:  Free!

Please register by Noon Monday, October 12.

Webinar login details will be provided by 5 pm Monday, October 12.
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Speaker:   Jim Mathews
                 President & CEO

                 Rail Passengers Association

Topic:      Passenger Rail: An Economic Engine Running Out Of Gas

  Date and Time




  • Date: 13 Oct 2020
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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  • Online meeting / webinar
  • Washington, District of Columbia
  • United States

  • Send your reservation with your name, and IEEE Membership status to vts.ltc.dc@gmail.com as soon as possible. Registrations will be taken up to Noon on Monday, September 14.

  • Starts 08 October 2020 10:24 PM
  • Ends 12 October 2020 05:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
  • No Admission Charge


Jim Mathews Jim Mathews of Rail Passengers Association (formerly NARP)


Passenger Rail: An Economic Engine Running Out Of Gas

Passenger rail is an economic engine in the communities it serves. We know that the existence of Amtrak buoys the economies of hundreds of towns and cities all across America. Rail Passengers used its economic-modeling tools to calculate just how much passenger trains -- and especially long-distance trains -- contribute each year to our Nation's economy, and how much America will lose as Amtrak retreats to three-times weekly service. Mathews will detail RPA's findings, explain the rationale behind the model, and discuss the risk of failure to reach a deal on Capitol Hill to get Amtrak and state-supported passenger rail through the continuing coronavirus crisis.


Jim Mathews became President & CEO of the Rail Passengers Association – a non-profit transportation advocacy organization operating in all 50 states – in 2014 after a 26-year-career in air transportation analysis as Executive Editor at Aviation Week & Space Technology. At Aviation Week, Mathews managed the publisher’s online news portfolio plus its forecasting and analysis unit. As Rail Passengers’ CEO, Mathews sits on several federal advisory panels, including the Federal Railroad Administration’s Rail Safety Advisory Committee, the RSAC’s Passenger Safety Working Group and the RSAC’s Hazardous Materials Working Group. In 2016, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx appointed Mathews to the DOT’s National Advisory Committee on Travel & Transportation Infrastructure, a CEO-level group contributing to the DOT’s national transportation strategy for all travel modes. In 2019, DOT Secretary Elaine Chao re-appointed Mathews to a second NACTTI term.


Address:Washington, District of Columbia, United States


  • 12:00 am - Lunch and social conversation
  • 12:30 pm - Technical presentation & discussion
  • 01:30 pm - Adjourn



  • Chair: David (DJ) Johnson
  • Vice-Chair: Reg Mitchell
  • Secretary: Karl Berger, PE
  • Treasurer: Steve Bezner, PE
  • Cashier: Ken Briers
  • Program Committee: Heather Roman

Please help your VTS Chapter: If you would like to speak or have contact information for a speaker, please contact David Johnson <djohnsonrail at ieee.org> or Heather Roman <hroman at omni-strategy.com>

Future Meetings:

  • November 10 -- TBD, speaker needed!
  • December 8 -- TBD, speaker needed!
  • January 12
  • February 9
  • March 9
  • April 13
  • May 11