August 29, 2016

Hudson River rail tunnel project gets funding commitment

Progressive Railroading reported that Amtrak’s Gateway program, including the rebuilding of the Hudson River rail tunnel system, recently obtained commitments for the funding of the creation of an executive oversight committee and for preliminary engineering work. Read the entire story here.

32 injured in Kansas Amtrak derailment

ABC News reports that 32 people were taken to the hospital with injuries after an Amtrak train derailed near Cimarron, Kan., around Midnight, March 14. The injuries suffered by passengers were not life threatening. Amtrak Southwest Chief Train 4 was en route to Chicago from Los Angeles when it derailed. Read more from ABC News. SMART TD […]

NJ Transit train strikes and kills Amtrak employee

Trains.com reported that an Amtrak employee was struck and killed on March 1, 2016, on the Northeast Corridor. Read the entire article here.

Amtrak’s Boardman: ‘Hudson tunnel top priority’

NJ.com reports that Amtrak President Joseph Boardman testified before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Surface Transportation Subcommittee about the importance of the new rail tunnels under the Hudson River. In his testimony, Boardman said the tunnels are Amtrak’s top priority. “This committee has heard testimony in the past from numerous officials…about the urgent need for capital […]

Silver Spring Amtrak crash remembered, 20 years later

Washington’s Top News reported on two firefighters’ recollections of the fatal collision between a commuter train and an Amtrak train in Silver Spring, Maryland 20 years ago. Eleven people lost their lives in the crash. Read the entire story here.

TTD: Congress should endorse Amtrak funding

Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issued the following statement in response to Amtrak’s 2017 General and Legislative Annual Report: “Amtrak has submitted a funding request for FY2017 that gives our national passenger railroad and its employees a chance to deliver faster and more reliable train service. Amtrak faces a backlog […]

Do you want more passenger rail service in Alabama?

By John Previsich, president of SMART Transportation Division and Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (www.ttd.org). Alabamians sure love their college football, but what we’ve just recently learned is that they also like their passenger trains — and they’re willing to pay for them. A recent state-wide poll by DFM Research shows that passenger trains don’t only thrive in the […]

Amtrak considers reintroducing Gulf Coast service

Progressive Railroading reported that Amtrak and the Southern Rail Commission will consider the possibility of reintroducing passenger rail service on the Gulf Coast by operating, next month, an “inspection train” between New Orleans and Jacksonville, Fla.  Read the entire article here.

Revenue and riders up on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief

The Denver Post reported that, during 2015, revenues and ridership rose amidst successful attempts at preserving Amtrak’s embattled Southwest Chief route.  Read the complete article here.

Amtrak activates PTC, SEPTA not far behind

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Amtrak activated its Positive Train Control system (PTC) this past weekend from Philadelphia to Washington. SEPTA has reported they are not far behind and will have PTC online sometime in the new year. Since the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) mandated in 2008 that all railroads operating in the U.S.install PTC […]