November 29, 2015

Faster trains propel economy and middle class forward


Note: This is the second piece in a series that explores the connection between a robust transportation system and a stronger middle class. Read the first piece which sets the tone for a much needed national conversation. Around the globe, the race is on to bring the world’s fastest trains — which top speeds nearing [...]

Amtrak adds Chicago-Michigan trains for holiday travel

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There’s no place like home for the holidays, so Amtrak is offering 10 extra trains for Thanksgiving on the Chicago-Michigan corridor. The rail service will add an extra train in each direction Wednesday, Nov. 25, Saturday, Nov. 28, and Sunday, Nov. 29 on the Chicago-Ann Arbor “Wolverine Line” to help people reach their Turkey Day [...]

Corporation to oversee N.Y. Hudson tunnel project

The project to develop a long-overdue new rail tunnel from New Jersey under the Hudson River to New York City took a major step forward on November 11 with the creation of a corporation within the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to oversee the scheme. The Gateway Development Corporation (GDC) will coordinate [...]

Operation RedBlock Director Bobby Bonds dies

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Robert “Bobby” Bonds, 61, long-time Amtrak Operation RedBlock director and a 39-year Amtrak employee, died Oct. 29, 2015. Bonds had committed his life to Operation RedBlock, a labor-developed, management-adopted drug-and alcohol-prevention/intervention program begun more than 30 years ago to provide assistance to thousands of union brothers and sisters on various railroads. A featured speaker at [...]

Previsich, Wytkind: ‘We want trains to be safer’


[As published By John Previsich And Edward Wytkind in The Modesto Bee] California has more museums dedicated to railroads than any other state in our country – and it’s easy to see why. From the transcontinental railroad to the developing high-speed rail system, rail transportation has played a significant role in shaping this state’s history. The [...]

Amtrak gets insurance for natural disasters

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Amtrak has obtained $275 million in insurance protection against natural disaster damage to its Northeast Corridor infrastructure, the railroad announced. The railroad used a catastrophe bond to secure the coverage, which lasts just under three years and helps protect against the kind of infrastructure damage that Amtrak experienced during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.  Read more [...]

Amtrak panel suggests solutions for Chicago back-ups

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A Blue Ribbon Panel, which was chosen last year by Amtrak‘s President and CEO Joe Boardman to identify ways to ease the massive “Chicago Gateway” delays to passenger and freight traffic, has released its findings. The panel also released a study it commissioned that shows the Chicago congestion problem creates an economic vulnerability of up to [...]

Amtrak train derails in Northfield, Vermont

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A southbound Amtrak train derailed Monday morning in central Vermont after apparently striking a rock slide, officials said. The accident occurred in the town of Northfield, about 10 miles south of Montpelier, the state capital. A spokesperson for the Montpelier Fire Department said they had reports of four people injured so far after five cars [...]

DOT clears Richmond-to-Raleigh high-speed rail


Secretary urges continued cooperation to build project. Project would reduce trip time to just over 2 hours from current 3.5. Washington –  The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the State of North Carolina and the Commonwealth of Virginia announced today that they have signed off on the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for [...]

Advocates hope to restore rail service cut by Katrina

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Transportation advocates are hoping to convince Amtrak to restore rail service on the Gulf Coast between New Orleans and Florida that has been dormant since Hurricane Katrina 10 years ago.  Trains on Amtrak’s Sunset Limited route, which used to run between Los Angeles and Orlando, have ended in New Orleans since the 2005 storm, which [...]