Joe Aiello

Boston transplant hailing from the Southside of Chicago, son of a Teamster, grandson of a Senator, Joe works tirelessly to assure the safety and security of urban commuters and the future of high speed rail. From his time as an Executive Board Member of East Cambridge Planning Team, to acquiring his MPA - Public Administration at Northeastern University under Gov. Dukakis, Joe has been dedicated to the betterment of his community at large and pursues every opportunity to advocate for commuters. Through his current tenure as Field Coordinator for the Rail Passenger Association and as former Community Outreach Liaison for the North-South Rail Link, Joe is networking, coalition building, and campaigning for better transportation connectivity. He has won numerous advances for the field at large. 

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Madi Butler

Grassroots Activist and Small Town enthusiast, Madi has spent the last summer providing extensive coverage of the national network visiting over 25 towns in 50 days advocating for long-distance rail and rural accessibility. With a decade of organizer experience — including Lexington Area Musician Alliance, Food Not Bombs, multiple LGBTQIAA+ groups, Anti-Racist Action, Kentucky Workers League, The Prop 64 Campaign, No on Prop 105, Rail Passengers Association, Woodford County Humane Society, and the Woodford Theater — they are committed to the intersectional advancement of civil rights for all.

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Greenwood Commonwealth

Two advocates of train travel who visited Greenwood recently are saying its impact on the city's downtown, while already significant, could increase if steps are taken to increase the Amtrak station's appeal. 


Mr. Aiello goes to Boston.

Rail Passengers Association Field Coordinator Joe Aiello testified before members of the Boston City Council in support of the North-South Rail Link

Associations Now

Field representatives for the association are traveling in the Deep South this month in an effort to advocate for expanded Amtrak service in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.


MBTA Board Commits To Reimagined Commuter Rail System

Transportation Today

The goal of the tour is to make the case for increased and improved commuter rail service and greater access to intercity rail as well as promote the work of the association’s local chapters and affiliated groups, and increase membership.


Chef/transit advocate Madison Butler landed a paid internship to ride Amtrak around the nation to eat local food—and convince Congress to boost passenger rail funding.



The duo had arrived in Milwaukee via the Amtrak Hiawatha Service from Chicago as part of a day trip to the city that also included a tour of The Hop’s maintenance facility, ride of the streetcar system and meeting with RPA member Alderman Robert Bauman at St. Paul’s Fish Market in the Milwaukee Public Market.

Daily Memphian

Public transit advocate visits Memphis on nationwide train excursion.