Industry Leadership

NNEPRA team members actively participate and serve in leadership roles for a number of local, regional and national organizations. Doing so provides technical and professional development support to the organization, as well as networking opportunities which enable NNEPRA to stay on the cutting edge of new and innovative practices associated with all aspects of public transportation.

This multi-agency, congress-directed organization oversees the implementation of a standard cost-sharing methodology for state supported passenger rail services across the country. Members include 20 agencies in 17 states, Amtrak, and the Federal Railroad Administration who are all working together to improve the intercity passenger rail network, support the growing demand for rail travel and to encourage economic growth.

The States for Passenger Rail Coalition, Inc. (SPRC) is an alliance of 24 state and regional transportation officials and passenger rail authorities from across the United States who work together to support the development and growth of intercity passenger rail service for America. SPRC advocates for passenger rail initiatives and federal funding, supports current and long-range plans for passenger rail advancement, and facilitates cooperation and coordination among state officials and between the public and private sector at all levels.

The Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS) is a federal metropolitan planning organization that coordinates transportation planning and investment decisions with the state, municipalities and public transportation partners. It directs the spending of more than $25 million in transportation funding each year.

The NorthEast Passenger Transportation Association (NEPTA) is a non-profit association of passenger transportation professionals in the public and private sectors.

The Public Transit Advisory Council is a voluntary board appointed by the Commissioner of Transportation to advise the Departments of Transportation, Labor and Health and Human Services on public transportation policies and priorities. The Council is charged with evaluating needs, recommending levels of service, identifying funding requirements and seeking maximum coordination of resources.

Founded in 1939, the MBTA is a non-partisan voice for promoting a safe and efficient transportation network for Maine. With nearly 700 members representing municipalities, businesses and individuals with common interests, the association advocates for funding of a multimodal transportation network—air, roads, rail, port, transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities—to serve communities and citizens throughout the state.

CORT addresses all policy, regulatory, safety, and enforcement issues impacting the ability of states to develop and maintain their portions of an efficient national freight and passenger rail transportation network. CORT serves as the rail modal lead for the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) which includes transportation departments from all 52 states and other jurisdictions.

Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit organization and nationally-recognized leader of rail safety education. Since 1972, OLI remains committed to preventing collisions, injuries and fatalities on and around railroad tracks and highway-rail grade crossings, with the support of public education programs in states across the U.S.

The New England Railroad Club was founded by the officers of several of the region’s leading railroads for the purpose of sharing knowledge regarding operations, technology, and management. Membership hails from every railroad—passenger, freight, and tourist—in the Northeast. They also have significant participation from suppliers, consultants, and elected officials both locally and nationally.


To support our business goals and advance public purpose, NNEPRA is also a member of the following organizations:

Brunswick Downtown Association
Visit Freeport
Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce
Visit Portland
Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce
Saco/Biddeford Chamber of Commerce
Maine Beaches Association
Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce
Wells Chamber of Commerce
Dover Chamber of Commerce

Durham Business Association
Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce
Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Maine Bicycle Coalition
Maine Development Foundation
Midcoast Maine and Islands
Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce
Maine Motor coach Network
New Hampshire Parks & Recreation Association 
Maine Parks & Recreation Association