27th Annual Meeting of the Empire State Passengers Association

and the National Association of Railroad Passengers, Region II

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Rick Harnish, Executive Director, Midwest High Speed Rail Association
  • Ross B. Capon, Executive Director, National Association of Railroad Passengers

Other guests from Amtrak, the State and the rail industry have been invited.

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