Amtrak

A U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) study released Jan. 6, 2016, “Amtrak: Better Reporting, Planning, and Improved Financial Information Could Enhance Decision Making,” recommends that Amtrak take certain steps to…
Amtrak activated its final segment of ACSES (Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System), its version of Positive Train Control (PTC), along the Northeast Corridor on Dec. 18, 2015. ACSES is now…
Amtrak announced on Dec. 17, 2015 that its Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle (Trains 21 and 22) is operating on a new route between Fort Worth and Dallas, and that the…
Amtrak may not be winning any awards for on-time performance, but it is getting special recognition from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman informed the Amtrak Board of Directors on Dec. 9, 2015 that he plans to retire from Amtrak in September 2016, following nearly eight years…
Led by a record of more than 8.2 million trips on its Northeast Regional service, Amtrak ridership and ticket revenue remained steady in Fiscal Year 2015, reflecting continued demand for…
Federal and Amtrak officials and state officials from New York and New Jersey announced Nov. 11, 2015 that they have reached an agreement on funding commitments and a governance structure…
California, Illinois and Maryland have ordered a combined 34 Charger diesel-electric passenger locomotives from Siemens Mobility, bringing the number of state Departments of Transportation procuring these units to six and…
In this series published in Railway Age's September, October and November 2015 issues, Contributing Editor Alfred E. Fazio examines the possibilities and engineering requirements for high- or higher-speed rail in…
Amtrak President & CEO Joe Boardman joined a panel of industry experts Oct. 26, 2015 at the National Press Club to highlight the need to make infrastructure planning and investment…
As part of ongoing work to improve Chicago Union Station, Amtrak, Metra and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) have launched several initiatives aimed at advancing iconic station’s master redevelopment plan.
Amtrak has obtained $275 million of insurance protection from PennUnion Re Ltd., an independent special-purpose insurer based in Bermuda.
It’s Friday afternoon, before Columbus Day weekend. I’ve just spent most of the day posting a lot of useful news on our website (well, at least I think it's useful).…
Back by popular demand, the Amtrak Autumn Express will operate this year on October 24 and 25 through parts of New York, Vermont and Massachusetts. "This unique excursion is an…
First State Manufacturing has been awarded its first 5-year contract with Amtrak to provide textile support for the railroad service’s interior fleet renovation projects, the company announced Sept. 30, 2015.
U.S. Senator Charles “Hold That Pose” Schumer (D-N.Y.), everybody’s favorite publicity-seeking, TV-camera-loving narcissistic politician, has been saying publicly that Amtrak’s board of directors has selected Alstom Transport to supply a…
Passengers aboard Amtrak’s Adirondack service can experience the splendor of Upstate New York’s fall foliage season in unique fashion when the historic “Great Dome” car returns for a six-week run…
PART I: Defining and Expanding High Speed. Considering the future of the NEC helps answer the question: What are the factors governing the expansion of high-speed rail on other railroads?
2015 is adding up to be a year of innovation, and a few surprises, in the North American locomotive market.
Weekend travelers have another high-speed option for Northeast Corridor (NEC) service between Boston and New York, as Amtrak expands its Acela Express service between the two cities, the company announced…
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