NIPRA has a new website!

November 17, 2009

Hello everyone.

Thank you for your continued support on the passenger rail effort. To help us keep you better informed, we have a new website. Please go to

Thank you.


High Speed Rail on Inside Indiana Business

July 25, 2009

Check out this story from Inside Indiana Business:

City Partners with Sen. Wyss, NIPRA to host meeting with INDOT Commissioner

July 4, 2009

From Stephen Parker’s “Around Fort Wayne” Blog…

Press release from the City:

City Partners with Sen. Wyss, NIPRA to host meeting with INDOT Commissioner
Session will focus on state’s efforts to bring passenger rail service back to Fort Wayne as Midwest looks to high-speed rail network


State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) and the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association and in cooperation with the City of Fort Wayne will host a forum with Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Michael Reed. Open to the public, the meeting will be at 4 p.m. July 9 at the Baker Street Station, 221 W. Baker St.

Sen. Wyss, chairman of the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee, and NIPRA invited Commissioner Reed to Fort Wayne for an update on Gov. Mitch Daniels’ support of passenger rail service in Indiana and the state’s application for federal funding of high-speed rail. Reed is also scheduled to take questions from the audience.

“The Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association is very grateful to Senator Tom Wyss for his work in securing Commissioner Mike Reed for this most important meeting. We believe there is growing interest in our state legislative delegation to see passenger rail service restored to Fort Wayne in the near future,” said Geoff Paddock, member of NIPRA and one of the organizers of the meeting with the commissioner.

The meeting will focus on INDOT’s rail plan to connect Indiana cities to Chicago with passenger rail service. In 2002, Fort Wayne was selected as an intermediary stop on a proposed high-speed rail line between Chicago and Cleveland, but the Fort Wayne route remains in limbo until the state and U.S. Department of Transportation finalize passenger-rail plans.

“Bringing passenger rail back to Fort Wayne, in whatever form it takes, can be an engine for jobs in northeast Indiana,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “Our state is a critical link between Chicago and Ohio, and Fort Wayne should be the route. We have amazing support in our city for the return of passenger rail since we recognize the value it would add to our community.”

This is the second public forum NIPRA has hosted. In April, the rail-advocacy group held the Rally for Rail with 800 people in attendance.

Get the State on Board!

June 20, 2009

Passenger rail advocates from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois met on Friday, June 19, at the Baker Street Rail Station in Fort Wayne. Everyone present agreed to coordinate efforts to upgrade rail lines in Indiana which should help bring enhanced passenger rail service to our city. Rick Harnish of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association in Chicago strongly emphasized that residents of the Fort Wayne area should continue to encourage state officials including the Governor to support passenger rail service for Fort Wayne.

Hitting the road for rail.

June 1, 2009

Representatives of NIPRA, the Downtown Improvement District, and the City of Fort Wayne will be attending an important meeting in Chicago on Monday, June 1st.  The U.S. Department of Transportation is sponsoring a forum to gather input regarding passenger rail service from communities throughout the Midwest. Those representing our area will emphasize the broad support for renewed passenger rail service in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana.  We are working with freight rail groups that will also throw their support behind the goals of our growing local coalition.

Rally for Rail a success! Now comes the hard part…

April 4, 2009

Thank you to all those who attended the Rally for Rail on April 3rd. According to counts by the Downtown Improvement District, a crowd of more than 800 came to support NIPRAs efforts to bring rail back to Fort Wayne. In the words of Derrick James from Amtrak, “”If the enthusiasm here is any measure, any guide to whether we’re going to get passenger rail service back in Fort Wayne, I’m saying we’ll get it,”

It’s great to see the realization of what we’ve long suspected — Fort Wayne is ready for the return of passenger rail service. Now the real work has to begin. We all need to contact our state legislators and Governor Daniels to make this a priority. The links to these important people are on the right-hand side of this page. Won’t you take a few minutes to e-mail them to let them know how important this issue is to our community?

Rally for Rail!

March 10, 2009

Join us for a Rally for Rail to show public support for the return of passenger rail service to Fort Wayne. It will be held at 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 3rd at the Baker Street Station, 221 West Baker Street. There will be speakers from Amtrak and the Midwest High Speed Rail Association, and Mayor Tom Henry will be on hand to welcome everyone.