U.S., Indiana: South Shore double-track project, and a faster trip to Chicago, move closer to reality

By Ed Semmler, South Bend Tribune; September 8, 2020 The idea of getting to Chicago faster on the South Shore…

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U.S., Illinois: Chicago Metra dealing with a summer of discontent

By Marni Pyke, Chicago Daily Herald; August 31, 2020 As Metra strives to recapture riders wary of commuting during a…

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U.S.: For Illinois Department Of Transportation, New Siemens Ventures

By William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age Magazine; August 31, 2020 The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has begun taking…

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U.S., Illinois – Chicago Metra: Union Pacific conductor policy leads to lost revenue

By The Associated Press, The News-Gazette; August 26, 2020 CHICAGO (AP) — Metra says Union Pacific’s refusal to send conductors…

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U.S.: Why I Took an Overnight Amtrak Trip on the Empire Builder Instead of Flying or Driving

By Ali Wunderman, Conde Nast Traveler; August 25, 2020 It was hard for me to stay awake as Amtrak’s Empire…

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U.S., Surface Transportation Board defers decision in Chicago Metra-Union Pacific dispute over commuter-rail service

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; August 11, 2020 The Surface Transportation Board (STB) last week declined to intervene in an ongoing…

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U.S., Illinois: Harry’s Cafe closing Friday after 42 years of serving morning coffee to Naperville train commuters

By Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, Chicago Tribune; August 05, 2020 It’s the “end of an era” for the owners of…

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U.S.: What It’s Like to Travel Across the Country by Amtrak Right Now

By Alexandra Schonfeld, Newsweek; July 31, 2020 There are certainly advantages to flying over choosing another form of transportation especially…

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U.S., Illinois: Chicago Metra, At Odds With Union Pacific, Petitions Surface Transportation Board

By William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age Magazine; July 21, 2020 Chicago’s Metra commuter rail agency on July 21 asked…

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U.S., Montana: Amtrak cuts could have outsized impact on Hi-Line

By Justin Franz, Montana Free Press; July 6, 2020 Whitefish is the busiest stop in Montana for Amtrak’s daily Empire…

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U.S., Commentary: Amtrak cuts are shortsighted

By The Editorial Board, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; July 5, 2020 Amtrak is a vital public transportation service and an economic benefit…

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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.: 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.: Will Commuters Ever Go Back to Commuter Trains?

By David Zipper, Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, City Lab; April 30, 2020 Last year, the fiscal management…

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U.S., Wisconsin/Illinois: Amtrak replaces Milwaukee-Chicago trains with buses

By Brad Evans, Digital Media Manager, WISN ABC 12; April 23, 2020 MILWAUKEE — Amtrak announced it will temporarily suspend…

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U.S., Illinois, Commentary: Chicago’s ‘crush hour’ may take a new turn, but COVID-19 is not CTA or Metra’s death knell

By Jon Hilkevitch, Contributor, Chicago Sun-Times; April 23, 2020 In a very different time only a decade ago, safeguarding public…

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U.S., Illinois: Chicago Metra may lose over $500 million — and 97% of riders — due to coronavirus

By Manny Ramos, Chicago Sun-Times; April 15, 2020 Metra is expecting significant loss in vital revenue streams due to the…

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U.S., Wisconsin: Amtrak reduces Hiawatha trips by more than 70% due to COVID-19

By Nick Williams, Reporter, Milwaukee Business Journal; April 14, 2020 Service from Milwaukee to Chicago on Amtrak’s Hiawatha Line has…

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U.S., Long Distance Trains: Amtrak routes through Colorado see ridership dip, but no plans to eliminate service

By Michael Karlik, Colorado Politics; March 20, 2020 When Kevin Patterson was riding his bicycle in Glenwood Springs earlier this…

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U.S., Amtrak: Midwest Service Changes, Effective March 19 & 21

A press release from Amtrak; March 18, 2020: Modified schedules in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan, to and from Chicago Amtrak…

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U.S., Michigan: Amtrak blames freight trains for passenger delays getting worse

By Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press; February 24, 2020 Americans who travel by train know all about this: Never in…

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U.S., Wisconsin: Eau Claire City Council to consider shuttle service to Amtrak in Tomah

By Victoria Saha, WAOW News 9 ABC; February 22, 2020 Eau Claire (WQOW) – Traveling to larger cities might get easier…

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U.S., Indiana: South Shore double track project between Michigan City and Gary to enter engineering phase

From South Bend Tribune; February 13, 2020 A project to cut South Shore train commute times between northwest Indiana communities…

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U.S., Indiana: How the South Shore team works round-the-clock to keep trains moving

By Jim Pinkerton, Reporter, WSBT 22; February 6, 2020 As many as 12,000 people a day ride the South Shore…

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