Virginia Association of Railway Patrons
Modern Transportation for the Virginias
Virginians and West Virginians,
Help promote better train service and support preservation of existing train service. Join VARP. Were the Virginia Association of Railway Patrons, and were working for modern transportation for the Virginias.
The Virginia Association of Railway Patrons, a nonprofit, tax-exempt association of railway services consumers and others, was founded in 1980 by a group of Virginians and West Virginians who had worked hard to combat the serious threat to railway passenger service in both Virginia and West Virginia in 1979.
No other form of transportation combines the railroads qualities of safety, mobility, economy, comfort, speed, and energy efficiency for passengers and freight.
Whether you travel by train or simply switch on an electric light bulb, you and your wallet are very much affected by decisions on rail transportation issues made in the halls of Congress, in the state legislatures, or by government agencies or corporate boards of the railroads. VARP is the only voice that represents consumers of rail services in both Virginia and West Virginia. Each additional member makes that voice stronger. Are you tired of people telling you to use other forms of transportation? The rail systems of Europe and Japan have become the standards by which quality transportation is judged. Shouldnt we provide the same for ourselves? Do you want to see the economies of Virginia and West Virginia grow? Do you want more for your transportation dollar? Then join us now!
The Virginia Association of Railway Patrons is a nonprofit membership association duly incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The charter of the association requires that all members subscribe to its purposes. A statement of the purposes as set forth in the charter will be sent with the initial membership material, and is available on this website. The Virginia Association of Railway Patrons works closely with, and most VARP members are members of, the National Association of Railroad Passengers, but VARP is a completely separate organization that advocates improved rail freight service as well as improved rail passenger service. Membership is open to all individuals or organizations who believe in better railway services for Virginia or West Virginia.
Michael Testerman, President