Summer by Rail 2016 Intern

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HI, I'M ELENA

I’m a sophomore in college focusing on transportation and urban environments while working toward my undergraduate degree in International Affairs and Human Geography. This is my summer by rail.

Through my internship with the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) I'm taking my bike, Stevie, on an epic 38-day “road trip” across the country.

I'll travel primarily by rail to visit 18 cities and 15 states, but I'll also be traveling by way of bike, ferry, metro and bus. As I travel from city to city I'll be meeting with elected and transportation officials, cycling groups and other travelers. I'll be sharing stories about our country's regional diversity and the relationship people have with transportation services like rail, subways, buses, and bikes.  Millions of American's think that public transportation is only for major metropolitan areas, I want to show how easy it is to travel from coast to coast, to hit the city or hike in a national park.


NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RAILROAD PASSENGERS (NARP)

NARP is the only national organization speaking for the nearly 40 million users of passenger trains and rail transit, working towards a modern, customer-focused national passenger train network that provides a travel choice Americans want.