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Amtrak names two to senior operations posts
Amtrak on Monday named Bruce Pohlot as the new chief engineer, and named Tom Quigley general manager, State-Supported Services. Both will report directly to DJ Stadtler, vice president of operations effective Dec. 10,…
Mudslides mess with BNSF in Seattle area
BNSF rights-of-way in northwest Washington State have been affected by as many as 15 mudslides, triggered by heavy rain this week in the Pacific Northwest.
Amtrak’s “Train of Hope” enroute to hurricane-stricken New Jersey
Amtrak is bringing a baggage car loaded with relief supplies donated in Slidell, La., to New Jersey communities hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. The aptly named “Train of Hope” is…
Eastern U.S. rail initiatives gain ground
Arlington, Va., voters Tuesday approved a $31.9 million transportation bond by a healthy four-to-one margin, making $14.6 million available for improvements to the WMATA Metrorail. Upgrades in WMATA's Virginia stations would…
Amtrak update: Repairs continue, test train to operate; New York City service restoration underway
Repairs continue to be made on Amtrak's system in order to resume service to and from New York City from points south and north on the Northeast Corridor.
Iowa Pacific eyes Adirondack tourist train
Iowa Pacific Holdings, LLC and the Adirondack Rail Preservation Society (ARPS) have reached a Memorandum of Understanding to establish tourist passenger service on the Adirondack Railroad, linking its namesake state…
Delaware NEC third track project commences
Delaware state and federal representatives, the Delaware Department of Transportation, and Amtrak on Thursday marked the ceremonial start of adding a 1.5-mile third track on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor just south…
Amtrak (again) sets ridership record
Another year, another ridership record: Amtrak Wednesday released its fiscal year 2012 ridership results (ending Sept. 30), 31.2 million passengers, up 3.5% from FY11 and the ninth ridership record in…
What kind of future should Amtrak have?
My conservative friends will not agree with this essay. So be it. I am tired of hearing the demands that Amtrak either show a profit or that it be put to…
New oversight for LA-San Diego services
A statement Monday by the LOSSAN Rail Corridor agency commended California Gov. Jerry Brown for signing State Senate Bill 1225, authorizing the transfer of management for the state-supported intercity passenger…
Amtrak begins training for Norfolk service
Amtrak said Friday it has begun operating trains to serve as training for locomotive engineers and conductors to learn the tracks and territory between Petersburg and Norfolk, Va., in preparation…
CREATE signalization modernization completed
A signalization modernization project that falls under the CREATE (Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency) program and funded through TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economy Recovery) grants has been completed.
Sumitomo eyed for multistate bilevel order
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) on Thursday said that, on behalf of the departments of transportation from Illinois, Michigan, and Missouri, it has issued a Notice of Intent to…
Amtrak steps up NEC higher-speed initiatives
In service since late 2000, Amtrak’s Acela Express high speed trainsets have operated at a maximum speed of 135 mph on the New York-Washington segment of the Northeast Corridor, and…
Amtrak Downeaster extension begins Nov. 1
The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) said Wednesday the extension of Amtrak Downeaster service to Freeport and Brunswick, Maine, will begin Nov. 1. Tickets for the new service…
Will real HSR transform the Northeast after 2030?
The Highspeed 2012 Congress, co-hosted by the American Public Transportation Association and the International Railway Union in Philadelphia from July 10 to 13, offered a smorgasbord of knowledge about high…
Rail industry goal: 5,000 jobs for vets this year
The freight railroads, intercity passenger and commuter railroads, and rail supply companies of the United States expect to hire more than 5,000 veterans in 2012.
Amtrak touts NEC needs as HSR gathering looms
Timing its latest revision of plans for the Northeast Corridor (NEC) to coincide with an international high speed rail conference this week in Philadelphia, Amtrak Monday released an updated vision…
Penn Station "upgrade" plans float yet again
Local New York-area media report MTA Long Island Rail Road seeks to revamp Penn Station yet again in an effort to upgrade architectural quality and attract more upscale customer retail…
Amtrak names new chief information officer
Amtrak on Monday announced Jason D. Molfetas is the company's new chief information officer (CIO), effective immediately. Molfetas will report directly to Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman.
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