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NARP - Annual Meeting of Region 12
National Association of Railroad Passengers
Tour of Amtrak Reservation Call Center In Riverside, CA
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Join the Annual Meeting of Region 12 National Association of Railroad Passengers, Saturday, March 20, 1999. The hi-lite of the meeting will be a tour of the Amtrak Reservation Call Center in Riverside. Visit the state of the art facility, now employing nearly 1,000 clerks to handle Amtrak's growing call volume.

  • See the new Southside Platform and Pedestrian Bridge in Riverside
  • News update from the rail transportation scene
  • Door Prizes

10:30 AM Depart Riverside Downtown Metrolink Station (4066 Vine Street between 14th Street and Mission Inn Blvd.) for tour of Reservation Center.

01:00 PM Lunch at Spaghetti Factory, at Vine and Mission Inn Blvd. (Three Blocks from Metrolink Station). Menu: Meat Lasagna, salad, bread, spumoni ice cream and coffee, tea, milk, or soft drinks. Bar service available during lunch for individual purchases.

Metrolink now provides Saturday Service from Los Angeles direct to Riverside via the San Bernardino line. Connections available with the Metrolink Lancaster / Santa Clarita line Saturday Service in both directions. Refer to Metrolink schedules at www.metrolinktrains.com. Sorry, no guaranteed Amtrak connections from Orange or Ventura County. Off Peak fares apply on Saturday trains. Purchase on day of use.

Those traveling by Metrolink will be able to view Fontana Speedway Station, the new Rialto Station Building, the new Metrolink storage tracks in San Bernardino, the large new BNSF intermodal facility and the new UP track connection in Colton.

Bus transfer to the Reservation Office will depart Riverside upon arrival of Metrolink train 380, scheduled at 10:40 a.m. However, its been arriving about 15 minutes early. Those driving in for this tour, should arrive at the Metrolink Station by 10:20 a.m for bus access and check in. Amtrak tour subject to limitation of participants. RESERVE EARLY!

Those who need overnight accommodations, see below. Lunch meeting also available without Reservation Office Tour.

REGISTRAION: $27.00 IF POSTMARKED BY MARCH 10. $31.00 POSTMARKED AFTER MARCH 10. YOU MUST ENCLOSE A SELF-ADDRESSED, STAMPED #9 or #10 BUSINESS ENVELOPE FOR RETURN OF TICKETS. Orders received after March 14th will be held for pickup. Proceeds over meeting and bus expenses will be donated to national NARP office.

Print and mail this form with check payable to NARP Region 12. Mail to: NARP Region 12, P.O.Box 2858, Riverside, CA 92516 or FAX 909-684-7458 or E-mail letstrn@pe.net.

Overnight accommodations:
Mission Inn Hotel: 909-784-0300 or 800-843-7755
Holiday Inn Select: 909-784-8000 or 800-HOLIDAY
Boh are three blocks from the Spaghetti Factory and five blocks from Metrolink-Amtrak. Both will provide shuttles between Metrolink-Amtrak or Ontario Airport for registered guests. About three blocks further away is the budget priced Riverside Inn 909-686-6666 (former Motel 6). Other motels on University Ave. would have to be reached by auto or local transit.

Out of Area Attendees. The San Joaquins Thruway service stops at the Metrolink Station. Remember this service becomes all reserved on February 28th. Metrolink has additional weekday service for Los Angeles and Orange County. A good circle trip is to ride between Los Angeles and Riverside, transferring at Orange. You can then see all new double and triple track construction on BNSF through Santa Ana Canyon. Those needing a set of Metrolink Schedules, send fifty five cents in stamps or click here to print them from the Metrolink website at www.metrolinktrains.com. For Air Service, Ontario Airport is the nearest. Hourly daily bus service to Riverside via San Bernardino is available or use shuttles provided by hotels.

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Although not mentioned in the announcement of this event by NARP Region 12, it might be only open to NARP members. Send e-mail to letstrn@pe.net to inquire. If you are interested in the survival and expansion of America's passenger rail system, you should be a member of NARP, the National Association of Rail Passengers. For more information, click here to visit their website at www.narprail.org.


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