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FRA notes Downeaster expansion milestone
Amtrak's Downeaster expansion reached a milestone Monday with the official completion of new station platforms in Brunswick and Freeport, Me., which have not seen passenger rail service since 1959.
New Jersey: “Fair share” OK for Gateway Tunnel
Amtrak's Gateway Tunnel project, designed to add rail capacity on the Northeast Corridor under the Hudson River, will get its "fair share" of fiscal support from New Jersey, the state's…
Amtrak reorganizes Operations management
Amtrak Friday unveiled its long-anticipated reorganization of its Operations management structure, saying it has created "four business lines to establish clear accountability for the financial performance of individual trains and…
Customs relief in sight for Amtrak's Adirondack
Amtrak's Adirondack has been plagued for years by extensive border delays in both directions to its New York-Montreal journey due to both U.S. and Canadian customs clearance procedures. Now, spurred…
Amtrak restores Chicago-Michigan speeds
Amtrak said Friday schedules for its Wolverine Service and Blue Water passengers had been restored to normal, following extensive and expeditious trackwork along much of the route by landlord Norfolk…
MTA East Side Access deadline slips again
Confirming what many have suspected, New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota on Tuesday acknowledged that the agency's East Side Access Project likely would not be completed until 2019,…
STB OKs Michigan DOT rail line buy
The Surface Transportation Board Tuesday officially cleared the way for Michigan's Department of Transportation to acquire two sections of rail right-of-way from Norfolk Southern Corp., totaling about 135 miles, for…
Triple-track project moves ahead in California
Caltrans joined BNSF Railway and Amtrak Tuesday in the groundbreaking for a triple-track segment that will add 3.8 miles of track in the Los Angeles area at a cost of $38…
Amtrak updates fleet strategy plan
Amtrak on Monday publicly unveiled its Amtrak Fleet Strategy Plan Version 3.1, an 82-page document designed to explain Amtrak's desire to implement a systematic approach to replacing the carrier's aged…
DOT seeking 100% “American” passenger cars
The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a $551 million Request for Proposals (RFP) for 130 new “standardized” bilevel passenger railcars for use on Amtrak’s intercity routes in California, Illinois,…
Amtrak, All Aboard Florida: We can co-exist
Far from being threatened by Florida East Coast Railway's All Aboard Florida passenger rail proposal, Amtrak has signaled that the service would be welcomed, and even offer symbiotic benefits to…
STB: Michigan files to acquire NS line
The Surface Transportation Board says Michigan's Department of Transportation has filed an Acquisition Exemption, requesting permission for MichDOT to acquire two sections of NS rights-of-way totaling about 135 miles.
NS, MichDOT, Amtrak resolve slow-order spat
Michigan's Department of Transportation, Norfolk Southern Corp., and Amtrak reportedly have reached agreement on work designed to remove or reduce slow orders NS imposed last month on right-of-way between Kalamazoo,…
Amid trans-Hudson fuss, Amtrak touts ridership
Amtrak Wednesday said it was on pace to "set another new annual ridership record, as passenger counts across its national network for the first six months of fiscal year 2012…
Amtrak, Michigan cry foul over NS slow order
Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation late Thursday publicly protested a decision by Norfolk Southern enacting speed restrictions of 25 to 30 mph on NS track between Kalamazoo and…
UP, Amtrak agree on Sunset Limited change
Amtrak and Union Pacific reportedly have reached agreement to adjust schedules for Amtrak's tri-weekly Sunset Limited, connecting New Orleans and Los Angeles, changing the train's westbound departure from New Orleans…
Amtrak Hialeah yard taps RailComm system
Fairport, N.Y. based RailComm said Thursday it has provided a wireless remote control derail system at Amtrak's Maintenance Facility in Hialeah, Fla., outside Miami.
Wabtec to supply Amtrak car components
Wabtec Corp. will supply components for 130 new Amtrak passenger cars being built CAF USA, Inc. a railcar builder with manufacturing facilities in New York state. The cars are scheduled for delivery…
LaHood tours Siemens plant, reiterates HSR support
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood toured the Siemens Mobility plan in South Sacrmento, Calif., on Wednesday, extolling it as an example of how U.S. workers can provide quality manufactured goods.
Amtrak cleared for HrSR speeds in Midwest
Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation have received federal approval to increase maximum speeds of Amtrak trains in western Michigan and northern Indiana to 110 mph, following successful installation…
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