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“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…
Sequestration: Shared pain may do some good
Here's one observer not sweating sequestration or its effects overmuch, at least not from the transportation point of view.
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…
Competitive bidding for corridor passenger rail service in play
Among priorities of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee is reauthorization of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA), portions of which are a growth hormone for…
Vermont governor seeks more Amtrak service
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has advanced a fiscal year 2014 state budget with funding for restored passenger rail service between Rutland and Burlington, running north-south on the Green Mountain State’s…
New York: We’ll support Empire Corridor trains
Allaying fears of cutbacks on Amtrak's Empire Corridor service linking Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Albany, and New York City, New York State says it will maintain existing Amtrak service levels with…
Amtrak lauds Virginia's Roanoke service plan
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday singled out a rail priority among numerous projects unveiled on Wednesday: restored passenger rail service to Roanoke, Va., in the state's western reaches. McDonnell's…
Obama’s rail vision requires voice of the people
One clause in a single sentence in President Obama's second inaugural speech has potential for meaningful consequences: "Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed…
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