President Fred Lanahan shared the following accomplishments for 2021:
• Added two new NIPRA Board members
• Promoted Indiana Passenger Rail Commission bill that later died in the Indiana Senate
• Drafted a new Indiana Passenger Rail Commission bill with support and agreement on
wording from INDOT
• Met several times with Indiana State Legislators and INDOT
• Coordinated with partners at IPRA, All Aboard Ohio, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning
Commission and Lakeshore Rail Alliance
• Purchased 100 All Aboard Indiana T-shirts as a marketing effort
• Board members wrote 2 Op-Eds and letters to the editor promoting passenger rail
• Provided input on the draft Indiana State Rail Plan
• Reached out to mayors, local elected officials and three northern Indiana Metropolitan
Planning Organizations
• Maintained contact with Amtrak
• Maintained contact with the Federal Rail Administration (FRA)
• Attended Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Legislative Breakfast
• Staffed NIPRA Information Table at Fort Wayne Open Streets event
• Presented Northern Indiana and Ohio Passenger Rail project on Zoom to Rail Users Network
(RUN) annual meeting
• Kristen Brier, Multimodal Director, INDOT was guest speaker in October NIPRA board
• Reached out to freight railroads seeking to coordinate on passenger rail service
President Fred Lanahan shared the following meetings held in 2021:
• NIPRA board meetings and executive committee meetings were held every month
• INDOT management and staff
• Met with local political party leaders
• Participated in multiple passenger rail webinars
• Met several times with Senator Dennis Kruse
• Participated in monthly online meetings of Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance (IPRA) board
• Participated in several Zoom meetings with the Lakeshore Rail Alliance (LRA)
• Met with Mayor Tom Henry of the City of Fort Wayne
• Met with multiple state legislators at the Indiana State House
• Met with partners from Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance to develop All Aboard Indiana
marketing and promotion
• Sought meeting with Governor Eric Holcomb