Chef Madi’s first destination along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor is Boston – home of the Red Sox and amazing seafood (lobsta, clam chowda and more). She will be arriving at Boston’s North Station and while in Boston, Chef Madi will meet with former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, who is a firm supporter of passenger rail service and Amtrak. An important topic of their meeting will be the North-South Rail Link (NSRL), which the Rail Passengers Association supports in order to appropriately connect commuters in Boston, as well as the Northeast Corridor by rail.  

During her time in Boston, Chef Madi will also be able to attend the city’s annual Chowderfest, where some of Boston’s best restaurants serve their best clam chowder.  

North Station is also one of two stations that Boston has for inbound Amtrak trains, the other being the South Station. This station was actually renamed for Gov. Dukakis in November 2014. It is these two stations that rail passengers and advocates have pushed to connect by tunnel, which would allow commuters access to MBTA Commuter Rail lines between the two stations.

As part of Summer by Rail the Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau is a sponsor for the trip this year. The organization helps people “discover everything Boston, MA has to offer.

In addition, Idle Hour restaurant is another Boston sponsor of Summer by Rail. On Tuesday, July 2, the Rail Passengers Association is hosting the NUMTOT Summer by Rail Meet & Greet from 6-8pm at Idle Hour. If you don’t know the meaning, NUMTOT stands for New Urbanist Memes for Transit-Oriented Teens, and it is a group that truly support public transit and its future.

Chef Madi will be there, and it will be great to see others who want to come out, grab some food and drink, and talk about the future of passengers rail in Boston, the region and the rest of the U.S.