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House votes against Amtrak cuts in THUD bill markup

Amanda Bayhi - Jun 09, 2014

House votes against Amtrak cuts in THUD bill markup

In a markup of its version of the an appropriations bill for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development (THUD), the House voted against proposals to make significant cuts to Amtrak funding, The Hill reports. The bill, which the ...

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$71.4 million Indiana Gateway rail line project kicks off

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Jun 03, 2014

$71.4 million Indiana Gateway rail line project kicks off

The $71.4 million Indiana Gateway project to improve rail lines between Porter, Ind., and the Illinois state line, kicked off May 29 with Indiana state Gov. Mike Pence and representatives from Amtrak, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Norfolk ...

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Pets to ride Amtrak lines in Chicago

Amanda Bayhi - May 01, 2014

Pets to ride Amtrak lines in Chicago

Amtrak riders in Chicago, Illinois could soon start commuting with man’s best friend. Related: Teaching Dogs to Fly The company will start testing its new pets-on-board policy May 5, allowing travelers to pay a fee of $25 to take their small cats and ...

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Transportation advocates discuss flaws in House GOP budget

Amanda Bayhi - Apr 03, 2014

Transportation advocates discuss flaws in House GOP budget

The House Budget Committee marked up the recently-introduced House Republican 2015 fiscal year budget Wednesday evening. When the committee’s chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), introduced the $1.014 trillion bill on Tuesday, it received criticism from Democrats as well as the ...

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Amtrak riders to tweet, blog their 2-day #AmtrakLive trip

Amanda Bayhi - Feb 25, 2014

Amtrak riders to tweet, blog their 2-day #AmtrakLive trip

Amtrak is taking its Texas Eagle train to Twitter and Instagram. Next month, the company will host #AmtrakLive, a two-day trip from Los Angeles, California to Austin, Texas for 30 riders who will tweet and blog about the experience. The journey takes ...

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Polar vortex forces transportation changes across U.S.

Amanda Bayhi - Jan 06, 2014

Polar vortex forces transportation changes across U.S.

The extremely cold temperatures that began over the weekend in most parts of the U.S. is forcing some state departments of transportation to rethink their winter weather plans. The frigid weather -- which, according to a Huffington Post report, is called ...

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Amtrak names Gerald Sokol, Jr. CFO

Amanda Bayhi - Nov 07, 2013

Amtrak names Gerald Sokol, Jr. CFO

Amtrak announced Wednesday that Gerald Sokol, Jr. is the company’s new chief financial officer (CFO), effective December 3. He will report directly to Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman. Sokol’s responsibilities as CFO will include corporate finance, business forecasting and development of ...

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‘Empire State to Golden State’ nuns on Amtrak

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Oct 29, 2013

‘Empire State to Golden State’ nuns on Amtrak

Editor’s note: This blog mentions a religious group with Sedevacantism beliefs, meaning the group does not recognize any of the popes inaugurated after Pope Pius II died in 1958. Amtrak’s newest ad features four nuns as they begin their journey out ...

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VIDEO: Amtrak anticipates new long distance passenger rail cars to begin arriving next summer

Amanda Bayhi - Oct 25, 2013

VIDEO: Amtrak anticipates new long distance passenger rail cars to begin arriving next summer

Amtrak has announced that it is planning to begin field testing its new long distance passenger rail cars this winter. More than 400 employees are performing the manufacturing and final assembly work at the company’s CAF USA facility in Elmira, New ...

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Trains are public places. Who knew?

Amanda Bayhi - Oct 25, 2013

Trains are public places. Who knew?

A former National Security Agency (NSA) chief learned Thursday that trains are public places -- really public places, with people who can overhear and disperse information from private phone conversations. Michael Hayden, who directed the NSA and the Central Intelligence Agency ...

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VIDEO: Amtrak PD launches text reporting for passengers, employees

Amanda Bayhi - Oct 16, 2013

VIDEO: Amtrak PD launches text reporting for passengers, employees

Amtrak passengers and employees will soon be able to report suspicious activity to the Amtrak Police Department (APD) with just a text message. APD is launching APD11 “Txt-aTip,” a program that will allow passengers and employees to send an SMS text ...

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VIDEO: Amtrak offers electric locomotive facility preview, discusses new train’s power

Amanda Bayhi - Aug 22, 2013

VIDEO: Amtrak offers electric locomotive facility preview, discusses new train’s power

Amtrak on Wednesday offered Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) a preview of its Wilmington Maintenance Facility, where the company is testing its new electric locomotives, according to Delaware’s WDDE. The facility is in the final stages of testing the Siemens-manufactured Amtrak Cities Sprinter ...

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