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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…
Obama backs rail in FY14 transport budget
Continuing to back up his political position established in his first term, President Obama Wednesday included considerable funding for rail and rail transit projects in his proposed fiscal year 2014…
Amtrak ridership strong in first half of FY13
Amtrak Tuesday said ridership continues to grow on the nation's intercity passenger railroad, with records continuing to be set, including for the first six months of fiscal year 2013, which…
“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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
Amtrak, California, and FRA team up for new HSR gear
A triad of U.S. HSR interests makes its move, upsetting some preconceived conventional wisdom involving the nation’s passenger rail outlook.
Vermont rail speeds to increase, state says
The Vermont Agency of Transportation says speed limits will be raised on New England Central trackage from 59 mph to 79 mph beginning March 11, improving conditions for both freight…
Box tunnel pact presages Amtrak Gateway Tunnel
Amtrak has reached tentative agreement with private developers in Manhattan to construct an 800-foot-long box tunnel on site at the 26-acre Hudson Yards development site on Manhattan’s West Side. The…
Monterey County eyes extended Capitol Corridor
Monterey County, Calif., is considering a proposal to extend rail service roughly 60 miles south of San Jose, in Santa Clara County, to Salinas, Calif.—in essence adding to the heavily…
Metro-North plans for Penn Station access
MTA Metro-North Railroad could make access to Manhattan's Pennsylvania Station an official priority in its next five-year capital construction program to be released in 2014, despite decades of obstructions confronting…
CNN rail reporting: Open mouths, insert feet
My heartiest congratulations to CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Drew Griffin. You two numbskulls have just been awarded Premier Level membership in the “I Know Absolutely Nothing About Railroads But I’ll…
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