August 1, 2014

Amtrak launches new loco at Boston’s South Station

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Amtrak will launch the first of a fleet of new locomotives out of Boston’s South Station on Friday, officials said. The 70 new locomotives have advanced technology and modern equipment that company officials hope will provide more reliable service. Read the complete story at the Boston Globe.

NARP says oil shipments hurting passengers

A combination of bad weather and a large number of oil shipments has been severely delaying Amtrak riders in northern Plains states – and a rail passenger advocacy group is trying to do something about it. It hasn’t been easy to be a rail passenger lately – especially if you’re traveling on Amtrak’s Empire Builder. [...]

FY14 appropriations good for TIGER, Amtrak

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Congressional conference committee members cobbling together an actual fiscal year 2014 federal budget have reportedly agreed on budgetary numbers fairly favorable to Amtrak and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) programs. Federal high speed rail funding, however, is omitted entirely. Amtrak’s FY14 budget numbers include $340 million for operations, and $1.55 billion for capital (including [...]

Rails accused of tampering with video in Amtrak crash

RENO, Nev. – Lawyers for a trucking company are accusing two railroad companies of tampering with evidence about a June 2011 collision between a tractor-trailer and an Amtrak train that killed six people in northern Nevada. Lawyers for John Davis Trucking Co. say they have evidence the companies tampered with a video of the crash [...]

Risch appears on America’s Work Force radio

SMART Transportation Division’s Alternate National Legislative Director John Risch appeared on America’s Work Force daily labor radio program Dec. 23 to discuss the country’s support for Amtrak and other issues. America’s Work Force is the only daily labor-radio program in America and has been on the air since 1993, supplying listeners with useful, relevant input [...]

AMTRAK CEO: Train safety takes money, cooperation

We talk a lot about our national debt. But the largest debt we owe is to those who will come after us in this nation. Our fulfillment of that debt should underpin the actions we take right now. Our national infrastructure forms the bedrock foundation upon which our economic future is built as America competes [...]

Has Amtrak’s NEC plan slowed to 160 mph?

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Has Amtrak abandoned its vision of 220-mile-per-hour bullet trains speeding up and down the Northeast Corridor? The railroad recently issued draft specifications for new trains to replace its existing Acelas that call for 160 m.p.h. trains, not the 220 mph versions Amtrak said in January that it was seeking. Read the complete story at The [...]

A 220-mph NEC? A contrarian weighs in

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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. Conventional wisdom in passenger rail today is high speed trains. Amtrak, for example, has a 30-year, $117 billion (or more) plan to convert the 456-mile Northeast Corridor, linking [...]

Amtrak’s Boardman named Railroader of the Year

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. “Joe Boardman, who came to Amtrak after his tenure as Federal Railroad Administrator, has been chief executive for the past six years, far longer than any of his post-Graham Claytor [...]

Former director to discuss Amtrak on C-SPAN

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Railway Age magazine 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, Future, and answering audience call-in questions. Wilner formerly was the United Transportation Union’s director of public relations. The Washington Journal is a forum for [...]