U.S.: Critics Fear Amtrak Is Using Pandemic to Cut Service That Won’t Return

By Pranshu Verma, The New York Times; July 3, 2020 WASHINGTON — Amtrak has long wanted to cut back on…

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U.S., Montana: County Commissioner Strohmaier says rail service idea viable even in face of Amtrak cuts

By Dennis Bragg, KPAX 8; June 30, 2020 MISSOULA — Even with Amtrak announcing major service cuts, Missoula County Commissioner…

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U.S., Commentary: Can Private Intercity Passenger Rail Return to America?

By Scott Beyer, Catalyst; June 30, 2020 Private rail transport can work in the United States—we know because it still…

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U.S., Commentary: We need a better Amtrak for post-pandemic America

By Jon Talton, The Seattle Times; June 26, 2020 Airlines aren’t the only passenger transportation systems in trouble because of…

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U.S., North Dakota: Detroit drug dealers have arrived on Amtrak trains

By Andrea Johnson, Staff Writer, Minot Daily News; June 29, 2020 A Ward County Narcotics Task Force Officer acknowledged under…

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U.S., Washington, D.C.: New Union Station passenger platform will open in 2022

By Jeff Clabaugh, WTOP; June 26, 2020 Work is underway on a project to dust off an old Union Station…

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U.S., Colorado: Federal Cash Could Be The Thing That Shifts A Front Range Train From Dream To Reality

By Nathaniel Minor, Colorado Public Radio News; June 26, 2020 Colorado’s fledgling plans for passenger rail up and down the…

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U.S., West Virginia: Manchin joins senators in calling for assurances that Amtrak service cuts will be temporary

From Staff Reports, Charleston Gazette-Mail; June 26, 2020 Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has joined three other U.S. senators in sending…

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U.S., Florida: Amtrak to reduce New York-Florida trains starting July 6, with more cuts coming Oct. 1

By Curtis Tate, USA Today; June 29, 2020 Starting next week, Amtrak is cutting back service between New York and…

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U.S., Montana: Four counties now poised to join Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority

By Martin Kidston, Missoula Current; June 29, 2020 Three other Montana counties have joined Missoula in a push to restore…

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U.S.: In transportation bill, a call for finer dining on Amtrak

By Jessica Wehrman, Roll Call; June 29, 2020 When the head of Amtrak faced the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee…

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U.S., Commentary: Amtrak, Tri-weekly, The future, and Yogi

Editor’s Note: The commentary below is by Russ Jackson of Fort Worth, Texas, formerly of California. Mr. Jackson is the…

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U.S.: Could Maryland finally be ready to replace Baltimore’s oldest rail tunnel?

By Alex Holt, Maryland Correspondent, Greater Greater Washington; June 24, 2020 Baltimore Penn Station and the trains which pass through…

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U.S., Oklahoma and Texas: Smaller Heartland Flyer to continue to run despite ‘dramatically’ down ticket sales

By Jordan Green, The Oklahoman; June 21, 2020 Amtrak’s passenger train operating between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, Texas, will…

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U.S., Pennsylvania: Philadelphia’s Historic 30th Street Station Brings In Airport Expertise For Retail Revamp

By Kevin Rozario, Contributor, Forbes; June 24, 2020 William H. Gray III 30th Street Station—an architectural landmark in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—is…

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U.S. – ‘Frustrated and fearful’: Maintenance union calls on Amtrak to test employees for COVID-19

By Patricia Madej, The Philadelphia Inquirer; June 23, 2020 The union representing thousands of railroad maintenance and construction workers wants…

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U.S., Michigan: Grand Rapids-Chicago Amtrak Pere Marquette trains return next week

A press release from the Michigan Department of Transportation; June 20, 2020: June 20, 2020 —Beginning June 29 and 30,…

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U.S., Washington State: Mixed reaction to Stampede Pass rail line

By TJ Martinell, Lens Media; June 24, 2020 A consulting group will soon release a final report on its study…

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U.S.: Amtrak reducing service, offering buyout packages to employees

By Kanishka Singh, Reuters, Yahoo! News; June 16, 2020 (Reuters) – U.S. passenger railroad service Amtrak, which has been reeling…

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U.S.: Money and virus mean cloudy future for Amtrak service in Missouri

By Kurt Erickson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; May 29, 2020 JEFFERSON CITY — A tight state budget and the ongoing global…

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U.S.: Illinois Wins Grant That Will Benefit Amtrak Hiawatha Expansion

By Jeramey Jannene, Urban Milwaukee; May 29, 2020 A new federal grant to repair a railroad junction in Illinois will…

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U.S.: Amtrak considers assigned seating as pandemic dictates social distancing

By Eric Anderson, Albany Times-Union; May 29, 2020 RENSSELAER — Assigned seating could soon come to more Amtrak trains. The…

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Worldwide: Private Rail Cars Will Soon Become The Ultimate Social Distancing Escape

By Jim Dobson, Senior Contributor, Forbes; May 29, 2020 A new resurgence of the Golden Age is on the horizon…

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U.S.: Amtrak discloses data breach, potential leak of customer account data

By Charlie Osborne for Zero Day, June 2, 2020 The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) has disclosed a data breach…

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