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“If the source of funding isn’t fares, then Amtrak needs to go away”
It’s 12:00 a.m. on Monday, April 8 as I write this. I’m tired, and I want to go to bed. I have to get up tomorrow morning, and go into…
NCDOT names Worley Rail Division Director
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has named 25-year department veteran Paul Worley as the new director of the Rail Division.
Boston South Station expansion focus faulted
Criticism of a proposed $850 million expansion plan for Boston's South Station is coming not just from fiscal conservatives and anti-rail partisans, but now also from those arguing current plans…
GAO audit lauds CHSRA
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) received politically critical praise April 1 that was no April Fool's joke, as a Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit gave CHSRA good reviews for…
Amtrak haters: Bullies with no public purpose
Conservative columnist and American Enterprise scholar Michael Barone, with degrees from Harvard and Yale, is a smart fellow. But a recent column about Amtrak suggests his research consisted of wandering…
Amtrak emphasizes capital in FY14 request
Amtrak is seeking $2.1 billion in capital funding for fiscal year 2014, which begins Oct. 1, to obtain more passenger rail cars and continue its momentum in improving infrastructure.
Illinois lands more HrSR funding
Illinois has led the pack among Midwest states eager to improve intercity passenger rail service, particularly higher-speed rail (HrSR), both in terms of verbal support and fiscal commitment. The federal…
FY13 budget bill leaves Amtrak intact
Approval by the House of Representatives Thursday of Senate spending levels for the remainder of fiscal year 2013, approved a day earlier, results in Amtrak's funding remaining relatively intact.
Deal reached to rescue Amtrak Pennsylvanian
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Thursday a deal had been reached with Amtrak to continue operation of the Pennsylvanian between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, the state capital. The Pennsylvanian also serves…
VIA Rail touts streaming live video service
Spokespersons for VIA Rail Canada said Thursday the railroad this spring will offer the capability for passengers to stream live videos on their laptops, smart phone, or tablet.
STV appoints Amodei to Northeast Region post
STV, Inc., said Wednedsay Richard M. Amodei, senior vice president, has been named the head of the firm's Transportation & Infrastructure Division's Northeast region, which includes offices in New York,…
Report on U.S. HSR offers options
A report on U.S. high speed rail released Tuesday recaps why the nation has been slow to adopt HSR as a transportation option, classifies four waves of global HSR development,…
AAR lauds ASCE report grading rail industry
The Association of American Railroads Tuesday praised a report by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) citing private freight rail infrastructure investments as a key factor for highlighting rail…
Railway Age’s 2013 Passenger Rail Planner’s Guide
Passenger’s presence expands
Coscia named Amtrak Board chairman
Anthony Coscia, former chair of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, has been elected chair of the board of directors of Amtrak, succeeding Thomas C. Carper, Amtrak…
X Train hires HR director
Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc., hired Vicki DiBernardo as human resources director to head up the task of hiring, training and preparing the new employees for the X Train, which…
APTA: Record 10.5 billion trips taken on U.S. public transportation in 2012
The demand for public transportation rose last year as Americans took 10.5 billion trips, the second highest ridership since 1957, and 154 million more trips than the previous year, according…
FECI names All Aboard Florida officers
Florida East Coast Industries (FECI) on Monday announced the appointment of Donald C. Robinson as President and Chief Operating Officer for All Aboard Florida, the country's first privately owned intercity…
Caltrain board adopts updated MOU with High Speed Rail Authority
California’s Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board has adopted an updated Memorandum of Understanding with the California High Speed Rail Authority that “lays the foundation for modernizing the Caltrain system through…
Amtrak touts strong cost-recovery ratio
Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman, addressing a Congressional committee Tuesday, said Amtrak is leveraging record ridership to reduce dependence on federal operating subsidies.
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