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2014: Railroads face problematic Washington landscape
Take it from an iron horse’s mouth that if it ain’t one damn thing, it’s another, and 2014 will present for railroads a repast of challenges on Capitol Hill, before…
Empire Corridor gets federal fund boost
New York State will receive $18.5 million to relieve rail congestion in and around Syracuse, N.Y., an Amtrak station stop on right-of-way owned by CSX Corp.
Siemens lands high-performance passenger locomotive order
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has issued a Notice of Intent to Award to Siemens Rail Systems USA for approximately 35 high-performance diesel-electric locomotives for several Midwestern and West…
AmtrakConnect® Wi-Fi coming to Chicago Hub Service trains
Free AmtrakConnect® cellular-based 4G Wi-Fi service will be available to Amtrak passengers by early February 2014 year on Chicago Hub Services trains in the Midwest, on eight corridors that, collectively,…
Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman named Railroader of the Year
December 9, 2013: Joseph H. Boardman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amtrak, has been named 2014 Railroader of the Year by railroad industry trade journal Railway Age.
NARP: New Amtrak Midwest routes advance
The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) says progress is being made on establishing two new Amtrak routes from the railroad's Chicago hub, one serving the Quad Cities and a…
Spuyten Duyvil: Why? A safety expert weighs in
Pearl Harbor. Dallas. 9-11. Lac Mégantic. Now we have “Spuyten Duyvil” to add to the collection of names that, before they became linked to tragedy and loss of life, were…
A 220-mph NEC? A contrarian weighs in
In competitive markets, vision and strategy are tested daily as consumers vote with their wallets, investors choose among opportunities, and competitors react—all creating greater efficiency.
Railway Age’s Wilner to appear on C-SPAN
Railway Age Contributing Editor Frank N. Wilner will appear on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal television show Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 8:25 a.m. to 9:15 (EST), discussing his book, Amtrak: Past, Present…
Without a permanent trust fund, Amtrak could go to the dogs
Amtrak’s Sisyphean travails could sober a smashed sot.
New Missouri bridge to relieve rail bottleneck
A ceremony is set for Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 to officially open a new rail bridge spanning the Osage River in Missouri, which officials say "eliminates the last major bottleneck…
Amtrak Heartland Flyer marks 1 million riders
Amtrak on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, identified a university student from Oklahoma City "as representative of the 1 million passengers" since its Heartland Flyer began service in 1999.
"We are one industry"
Railway Age’s 20th annual conference on shared-use addressed the capacity needs of a growing industry.
Gerald Sokol named Amtrak CFO
Amtrak has named Gerald Sokol, Jr., as Chief Financial Officer. He will be responsible for corporate finance, business forecasting, and development of growth strategies to help secure Amtrak’s long-term viability.…
A tale of two (or more) Talgos
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has taken delivery on the second of two new Talgo Series 8 13-car trainsets the State of Oregon purchased with federal stimulus funds administered…
Amtrak’s Great Dome car will return to the rails
Passengers riding Amtrak Illinois Zephyr trains between Chicago and Quincy will have a unique opportunity this fall to view the change of seasons when the historic “Great Dome” railcar is…
Amtrak’s Boardman: “In the final estimate, we are one industry”
Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman’s keynote address at Railway Age’s 20th Annual Passenger Trains on Freight Railroads Conference, October 15, 2013.
Indiana, Amtrak reach pact on Hoosier State
Amtrak and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, that Amtrak's Hoosier State would continue to run for at least another year, with an option for four additional…
For Amtrak, another record-ridership year
Congressional ultra-conservatives, including so-called “Tea Party” activists, may be trying to de-fund or perhaps even dismantle Amtrak, but the railroad’s soaring ridership numbers strongly suggest that the American people want…
Amtrak update: Fire burn, cauldron bubble
What a fascinating October this has been for Amtrak.
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