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The National Corridors Initiative, Inc.

James P. RePass, Chairman

Phone:  617-269-5478  (MA)
Fax:  860-536-5482  (CT)
MA:  59 Gates Street, Boston, MA. 02127
CT:  8 Riverbend Drive, Mystic, CT, 06355
RI:  35 Terminal Rd, #210, Providence, RI. 02905

Our Staff Biographies

Jim RePass

James P. RePass - Chairman, Publisher

Jim RePass is the founder and principal executive of the National Corridors Initiative, of Providence, R.I., founded in 1989 as a bi-partisan business and environmental transportation advocacy group.

Primarily engaged in operating the non-profit National Corridors Initiative since its founding in 1989. He has a private-sector background and broad private-sector experience. In the private sector, the firm RePass & Lyons specialized in the design and execution of business development programs, marketing plans, and sales plans and strategies, particularly with technology-based, energy and transportation companies, for clients such as Raytheon Co., or those seeking to use innovative transportation technologies in development projects. These activities have included management-buyout, licensing, and fund-raising work.

In both the public and private sector, RePass works directly with senior elected and appointed officials, top management, and senior staff, assisting in creating new business and/or policy strategies.

The National Corridors Initiative has become Mr. RePass’ principal activity. Initial work involved the Boston-New York High Speed Rail project, including direct negotiation with the White House Office of Management and Budget regarding funding for the program, which has been successfully completed. NCI’s efforts now involve assisting and advising Corridor-paradigm development projects throughout the United States.

NCI and its forerunner, the Northeast Corridor Initiative, Inc., advocate for increased federal and private investment in ground transportation, both freight and passenger, as well as transit, regional and intercity rail, as an economic development and environmental tool.

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James P. RePass, Sr.

RePass has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Railroads Subcommittee (April 2002). He has also appeared before the U.S. Senate, and has advised the White House, the U.S. Department of Transportation, state DOTs and governors on legislation and policy.

A frequent speaker at national transportation conferences, he has met with and addressed business, environmental, academic and political leaders throughout the United States, and keynoted or was a featured speaker at conferences in Washington, DC, and in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, New York State, Missouri, Colorado, Virginia, Connecticut, Washington State, Oregon, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, and elsewhere. He was a principal advisor in the creation of Connecticut’s innovative new Transportation Strategy Board.

RePass has organized many high-level national conferences on the subject of transportation and rail.

RePass is frequently interviewed about the national news media regarding transportation issues, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, and has appeared on Cable News Network (CNN), National Public Radio (NPR), and local radio and television stations. He is also a frequently published author and journalist, is publisher of online e-zine and newsletter Destination:Freedom, and is a contributing editor at Railway Age Magazine.

RePass has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Boston Rental Housing Association, serving as a committee and subcommittee chairman, and was as a leading proponent for and member of a board-level Affordable Housing Task Force. The adopted son of a teacher and former college professor who went into business, RePass believes both in education and in self-help, as well as in helping those who can not help themselves.

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Molly McKay

Molly McKay

Molly McKay - Contributing Editor

Molly McKay, a longtime transportation activist in the United States, is Transportation Chair of the Connecticut Chapter of the Sierra Club. She has headed up our annual transportation conference team on multiple occasions.

She is also founder of Stop Stealth Highways, a grass-roots organization geared to preventing needless highway construction by highway oriented state ‘transportation’ departments. She has been a Director since 2001 of the National Corridors Initiative. She is also Assistant Administrator of the Transportation Choices Coalition of Connecticut.

A contributing columnist to the Hartford Courant’s weekly column “PLACE,” she graduated from Connecticut College with a major in French and received her teaching degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

After several years of teaching high school French and then a year abroad teaching English to foreigners, Molly joined an organization that was setting up a year-round wilderness program for teen-agers, based on the principles of the Outward Bound programs. It was this experience that cemented her interest in the environment and led to her activism with the Sierra Club.

As Conservation Chair of Connecticut Sierra Club in the 80’s and 90’s, she spear-headed Connecticut’s role in lobbying to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil-drilling. But when the Connecticut Dept. of Transportation proposed over 200 highway projects for Southeastern Connecticut to “solve” the traffic problems, Molly’s attention turned to transportation. She and another Sierra Club member co-founded the Trail & Rail Action Coalition (TRAC), a citizens’ group which launched a major public education campaign to promote alternatives to highway expansion: improved rail service, light rail, transit, bike and walkways.

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Dennis Kirkpatrick - Managing Editor & NCI Webmaster

Dennis comes to us from a high-tech background, having served several government contractors and commercial firms in posts such as manufacturing engineering and documentation management where he specialized in everything from wire & cabling to main-frame systems. For a period of time he worked for inventor Ray Kurzweil. He was with the high-tech industry until 1991 but retired early due to a personal health issue.

He is a life-long resident of Boston, Massachusetts and a regular user of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA - a division of MassDOT) commuter trains, subway trains, and busses, and carries memories of transit lines no longer in existence.

After retirement, he turned his attentions to the growing phenomenon of the internet, and is also engaged in various civic interests including serving on the board of directors of his local community center. He has also consulted to individuals and small groups regarding computers and telecommunications, and is known to tinker with computer systems at home for friends and relatives.

He is married 40 years to his wife, and has a grown daughter and a son also living in Massachusetts.

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D. Kirkpatrick

Dennis Kirkpatrick

David Beale

David Beale

David Beale - Foreign Editor

David is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Albany, NY area with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and maintains a professional engineer license in that discipline. David and his family have resided since early 1998 in Germany, where he works in the customer support, service and sales department of a company involved in servicing, repair and overhaul of diesel engines associated with power generation, rail locomotives, and boats. The position requires that David travel extensively, whereby he gets to experience rail travel in many countries throughout Europe and Asia

David’s goal is to assist NCI and like-minded groups in the USA promote rail and other public transportation by researching and observing rail developments in Germany and elsewhere in Europe and Asia first hand. It is his hope, that one day the USA can offer efficient and clean transportation alternatives to the ever more problematic and dangerous reliance on automobiles, trucks and highways for nearly all its transportation needs, based on best practices and lessons learned, which America can realize from other regions such as Europe and Asia. David and his family depend daily on the passenger rail network in Germany for getting to and from work, school and various weekly activities.

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David Peter Alan - Past Editor
Active 2009 – 2016

David Peter Alan is a professional advocate, living and practicing law in South Orange, on New Jersey Transit’s Morris & Essex rail line. He is a Registered Patent Attorney, specializing in intellectual property (patents, copyrights and trademarks) and business law, and has practiced since 1981.

He has been an advocate for better transit for over 25 years, beginning with the Essex County (New Jersey) Transportation Advisory Board in 1985. He served as Chair of that organization from 1998 to 2003, and is still a member. He has also been a member of the Lackawanna Coalition, a New Jersey-oriented rail advocacy organization since 1998, and has served as Chair since 2000. He is a member of the Senior Citizens and Disabled Residents Transportation Advisory Committee (SCDRTAC) at New Jersey Transit, and served as Vice-Chair of that organization.

On the national scene, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Rail Users’ Network (RUN) since 2004, and was a Director of the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP). He was also a member of the Advisory Board of the National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates, an organization sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

David has ridden approximately 500,000 miles on Amtrak, including every route Amtrak operates, as well as some that no longer exist. He has also ridden most of the routes on VIA Rail in Canada. In addition, he has ridden nearly every segment of rail transit in the US and Canada, and has written about many of them in D:F. He has been a speaker or moderator at a number of national and regional rail conferences.

His favorite mode of transit, when he can find one to ride, is a “vintage” or “heritage” streetcar.

He learned the art of journalism in the newsrooms of community radio stations, before leaving radio news to practice law, in the early 1980s.

David Beale

David Peter Alan

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In Memory of

Leo King - Past Editor
[ 1938 - 2011 ]

Leo was awarded a B.A. in English from Rhode Island College, Class of 1988.

He was a working railroader at Amtrak for 14 years until retirement in January 2002. Leo began as block operator in February 1988, and also had many man-hours at manually operated towers along the Northeast Corridor between Boston and New Haven. He retired from South Bay Tower, Boston, as a train director.

Leo also was a professional writer since 1970, and cub reporter at the Newport News, Va. Daily Press (part-time while in the Air Force). He served three years in the U. S. Army, including a tour in Vietnam; and eight years in the Air Force. His course work was completed for master’s degree in English at Univ. of Rhode Island. He concentrated on creative writing, Middle English and poetry. His thesis Smoke blowers, shacks and charladies remains unpublished.

He was a contributor to Railfan & Railroad, the former RailNews and Passenger Train Journal and other publications. Leo was also a former broadcast anchor and reporter for various Rhode Island radio stations. A book on railroading was also in the works.

On August 15, 2011 not far from his second wife and home, Leo suffered a heart attack at the wheel of his automobile and died a short time later after pulling off the road. He was 73. Leo will truly be missed, and will be seen as setting the benchmark for our publications. During his retirement in Florida, he served as a reporter for various local news outlets and maintained a rail interest blog on the Internet.

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Leo King
Leo King

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