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Gerald Sokol named Amtrak CFO
Amtrak has named Gerald Sokol, Jr., as Chief Financial Officer. He will be responsible for corporate finance, business forecasting, and development of growth strategies to help secure Amtrak’s long-term viability.…
A tale of two (or more) Talgos
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has taken delivery on the second of two new Talgo Series 8 13-car trainsets the State of Oregon purchased with federal stimulus funds administered…
Amtrak’s Great Dome car will return to the rails
Passengers riding Amtrak Illinois Zephyr trains between Chicago and Quincy will have a unique opportunity this fall to view the change of seasons when the historic “Great Dome” railcar is…
Amtrak’s Boardman: “In the final estimate, we are one industry”
Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman’s keynote address at Railway Age’s 20th Annual Passenger Trains on Freight Railroads Conference, October 15, 2013.
Indiana, Amtrak reach pact on Hoosier State
Amtrak and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, that Amtrak's Hoosier State would continue to run for at least another year, with an option for four additional…
For Amtrak, another record-ridership year
Congressional ultra-conservatives, including so-called “Tea Party” activists, may be trying to de-fund or perhaps even dismantle Amtrak, but the railroad’s soaring ridership numbers strongly suggest that the American people want…
Amtrak update: Fire burn, cauldron bubble
What a fascinating October this has been for Amtrak.
Amtrak solicits proposals for 30th St. Station
Amtrak, seeking redevelopment plans for 30th Street Station, Philadelphia, has asked for proposals submitted no later than Nov. 18, 2013.
Amtrak revamps Great American Stations site
Amtrak announced Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, that its Amtrak GreatAmericanStations.com website is now upgraded "with new tools, resources, and information to help local communities discover and develop the economic power…
Amtrak: Five years to no food service losses
Amtrak announced on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, that it “is moving forward with a plan to eliminate its food and beverage losses over five years.” The plan “builds on successful…
Where’s my Amtrak train? Just Google it!
Amtrak has introduced a new way to see where trains are and when they are expected to arrive, including information on stations nationwide, all through a new interactive train locator…
UP flood damage prompts Amtrak detour
Union Pacific's Moffat Tunnel route has been closed for repairs west of Denver for an undetermined period following flood damage afflicting wide portions of Colorado, resulting in a detour for…
Imagine a multimodal Northeast Corridor
Creative vision in Washington, D.C., is not quite an oxymoron, but seemingly only extraordinary external events cause it to materialize.
Amtrak ACS-64 begins NEC testing
One of three Amtrak ACS-64 (Amtrak Cities Sprinter) electric locomotives from Siemens Mobility, no. 602, has begun testing on the Boston-New York-Washington Northeast Corridor and Philadelphia-Harrisburg Keystone Corridor in preparation…
TIGER grant to aid Vermont freight, Amtrak
An $8.9 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economy Recovery (TIGER) grant awarded to the Vermont Agency of Transportation will expedite the Green Mountain State's $18.5 million effort to rehabilitate 20…
MARC Penn Line to add weekend service
Maryland Transit Administration's (MTA) MARC rail operations will add weekend service on its Penn Line, part of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, beginning Dec. 7, 2013, MTA said Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Oklahoma City panel chooses streetcar route
A recommended route for a 4.6-mile downtown streetcar route has been selected by an Oklahoma City advisory panel, with the proposal advancing to a full citizens advisory board and the…
Carper reappointed to Amtrak board
Tom Carper, who served as an Amtrak board member from March 2008 to March 2013 and was elected Chairman in January 2009, serving in that capacity until his term expired,…
More upgrades to 30th Street Station under way
Amtrak will continue work this summer and fall on several upgrades at its historic Philadelphia 30th Street Station on the Northeast Corridor “to improve the passenger experience, tend to the…
Amtrak sets another ridership record
Amtrak set an all-time record for the most passengers in one month—2.9 million—for the month of July 2013, a 4.8% year-over-year increase.
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