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AAR to Congress: Freight rail strong and flexible—and the backbone of passenger rail
In two days of testimony before two separate U.S. House of Representatives transportation panels, Association of American Railroads President and CEO Edward R. Hamberger emphasized that “billions in annual privately…
Amtrak Niantic River Bridge replacement completed
Amtrak has completed its three-year Niantic River Bridge Replacement Project, “which provides improved operational reliability for rail passengers along the Northeast Corridor with increased train speeds, less disruption to the…
What’s with Congressman Mica, the foodie?
Will somebody pass John Mica some Pepto Bismol? Surely the 11-term House Republican from Florida suffers recurrent gastrointestinal distress resulting from digging into, examining, criticizing, and lambasting Amtrak’s troubled food…
Secaucus Loop idea revived, tied to Gateway Tunnel
Eight New York State legislators are urging the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to pursue an elusive "one-seat ride" to New York-Penn Station for Rockland and Orange county residents, tying it to…
Amtrak’s vision must navigate the money trap
A mark, a yen, a buck, a pound, money makes the world go round. (Yes, lyrics from the musical, Cabaret.) But money is a scarce commodity, especially for Amtrak, which…
Amtrak sprints toward a higher speed future
The Northeast Corridor’s “New Jersey Raceway” is receiving some of the most significant improvements since the original NECIP and NHRIP projects.
Union pickets Amtrak Board chairman’s law office
Amtrak Board Chairman Anthony Coscia's New Brunswick, N.J., law office was targeted Tuesday morning, June 4, 2013, by the Passenger Rail Labor Bargaining Coalition (PRLBC), representing Amtrak employees who PRLBC…
Obituary: Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, 89
U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), an ardent passenger rail champion who first was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1982, died Monday, June 3, 2013, at the age of…
Schumer, Lautenberg, LaHood announce major Gateway Program funding step
Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced May 30 that that the USDOT “has begun the process of fulfilling Amtrak’s request…
Amtrak to adjust Cascades service
In response to the collapse last week of the Interstate 5 bridge near Mount Vernon, Wash., Amtrak says it plans to add daily round trip between Seattle and Bellingham, Wash.,…
Amtrak board to Boardman: Two more years, at least
Amtrak’s board of directors has extended the contract of President and CEO Joe Boardman “for his achievements in improving operational and financial performance, and to provide continuity of leadership critical…
SYSTRA improves RAILSIM® capabilities for ASCES modeling
SYSTRA has implemented enhancements to its RAILSIM® modeling program for the Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System (ACSES) Positive Train Control (PTC) system. ACSES is the overlay PTC technology utilized on…
Could the worm be turning for Amtrak?
Legendary Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver etched his illustrious baseball career and winning record with the three-run homer. Were Amtrak a Major League Baseball team, its success would be measured,…
New Haven Line set to reopen
Expediting repairs on 2,000 feet of right-of-way, including track restoration, reinstalled signals, and catenary replacement, Metro-North said it expects to restore full service on its New Haven Line on Wednesday,…
Metro-North derailment injures 60, shuts down NEC north end
Updated Monday, May 20, 2013 At the height of the Friday, May 17 evening rush hour, an outbound MTA Metro-North Railroad M8 electric multiple-unit train carrying 300 passengers derailed, sideswiping…
Siemens unveils first Amtrak Cities Sprinter locomotive
Amtrak said early May 13 the first of 70 ACS-64 (Amtrak Cities Sprinter, 6.4 MW/8,320 hp) electric locomotives for the Northeast Corridor rolled off the Siemens Mobility assembly line in…
Freight and passenger rail have little in common
Depending on how seriously one takes congressional hearings into the future of Amtrak, the national rail passenger service either is a candidate for termination and oblivion or, as has been…
Sandy disaster relief funds released to Amtrak
The Federal Railroad Administration has released $30.2 million in appropriations to Amtrak to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the Northeast Corridor line.
Amtrak budget reality could make a preacher cuss
Let's get real about President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 and beyond budget recommendations to Congress. They’re street theater, and one might just as well be entertained viewing Gucci-clad Washington lobbyists…
Guest Blog: “Amtrak is not the problem”
The following commentary was submitted in response to my recent blog, “If the source of funding isn’t fares, then Amtrak needs to go away.” It’s an eye-opener. There are very…
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