Amtrak maintenance train

Amtrak to invest $370M in NEC

Amtrak plans to double its engineering efforts on the Northeast Corridor with the purchase of $370 million of new equipment over a three-year period.

Connecticut Amtrak banner Hartford Line

Connecticut bets big with Hartford Line

HARTFORD, Conn. – If it takes money to make money, then Connecticut has pushed all its chips into the rail transit pot.


The folly of dismantling Amtrak’s National Network

After 48 years of providing long-distance passenger train services, is Amtrak preparing to scuttle these operations and dismantle its National Network? That nightmare prospect, long desired for decades by anti-passenger-rail politicians, now seems a real and perhaps imminent possibility.

Portal Bridge

FTA lowers rating for Gateway tunnels

A revision by the Federal Transit Administration lowering the priority rating for the proposed Gateway rail tunnels could endanger funding for the project linking New York and New Jersey.

DOT tabs Batory as rail advisor

With his nomination as Federal Railroad Administrator awaiting Senate confirmation, Ronald L. Batory has been named as a special assistant on railroad matters to Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

NJ Transit awards prep work contract for Portal Bridge Project

NJ Transit’s Board of Directors authorized a vote to enter into an early action contract with PKF-Mark III Inc., of Newtown, Pa., for preparatory construction ahead of the replacement of the Portal bridge, a key link in the Northeast Corridor rail route.

NEC Commission identifies needs of $38 billion

The Northeast Corridor Commission on May 3 submitted to Congress two reports detailing short-and-long-term capital investment needs totaling some $38 billion for the 457-mile electrified rail line linking Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

Amtrak adds Acela Express Sunday train

Amtrak is expanding its Acela Express service in April.

Chugging forward: FRA releases NEC Comment Summary Report

In 2012, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) launched NEC Future, to focus on upgrade possibilities of the critical Northeast Corridor (NEC). On July 28, as the process chugs along, FRA released its Comment Summary Report on the project.

Amtrak’s ‘Trails and Rails’ program adds NYC – Washington, D.C. route

The National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with Amtrak, has added the New York to Washington, D.C. Saturday morning route as part of its Trails and Rails program, Amtrak announced April 21, 2016.