Andrew Selden’s Rail Odyssey: A great circle tour of the American West on Amtrak trains

By Andrew Selden; March 24, 2019 In late February my wife and I undertook a three-week, 5,800-mile, great circle loop…

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The particular sheen of America by Amtrak.

By Caity Weaver, The New York Times Magazine; March 20, 2019 Tell your fellow americans that you plan to cross…

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Indiana: Amtrak shaves 15 minutes off Hoosier State, with survival, $6M state cut on the line

By Dave Bangert, Lafayette Journal & Courier; March 21, 2019 LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Could 15 minutes buy another two years…

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St. Paul, Minnesota to Chicago high-speed rail plans scrapped in favor of a second, slower train

By Bob Shaw, Pioneer Press, March 21, 2019 Advocates for high-speed rail to Chicago are now adopting a less ambitious…

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Illinois: Will the project to bring passenger rail service in the Quad-Cities ever be on track?

By Sarah Ritter, Quad-City Times; March 15, 2019 The decades-long effort to bring passenger rail service from Chicago to the…

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Amtrak City of New Orleans Bourbonnais crash aftermath brought improvements

By John Dykstra, Daily Journal; March 14, 2019 A pair of cement barriers block off the roadway. The first is…

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Wisconsin Governor Evers wants to expand Amtrak’s Milwaukee to Chicago Hiawatha service

By Alex Zank, BizTimes Milwaukee Business News; March 14, 2019 Gov. Tony Evers wants to front the money needed to…

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U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski asks if Amtrak will reimburse Chicago Metra commuters for disruption

From Crain’s Chicago Business; March 12, 2019 Congressman Dan Lipinski, who heads the House subcommittee that has oversight for rail,…

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Wisconsin Department of Transportation awarded $5 million grant to build second Amtrak platform near the Milwaukee airport

By Nick Williams, Reporter, Milwaukee Business Journal; March 12, 2019 The Wisconsin Department of Transportation was recently awarded a $5.05…

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Wisconsin: Record number ride Amtrak Hiawatha

A press release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation; March 11, 2019: The Milwaukee-Chicago Amtrak Hiawatha Service served an all-time…

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Indiana: Rail projects top infrastructure investments

By Andrew Steele, The Times, nwi.com; March 10, 2019 The web of commuter rail that spreads from downtown Chicago into…

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Wisconsin Governor Evers’ Budget Includes $45M To Expand Rail Service Between Milwaukee, Chicago

By Corrinne Hess, Wisconsin Public Radio, NPR; March 8, 2019 Gov. Tony Evers included $45 million in his state budget proposal…

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Minnesota: County Board backs 2nd Twin Cities-to-Chicago train

By Rachel Fergus, Red Wing Republican Eagle; March 8, 2019 The Great River Rail Commission has a simple goal: install…

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City of New Orleans Amtrak Passenger Speaks Out On Bus Malfunctions

By Rebecca Butcher, LocalMemphis.com; March 3, 2019 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Memphis-bound Amtrak passengers traveling from New Orleans were evacuated…

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Memphis-bound Amtrak City of New Orleans passengers evacuate burning bus in Louisiana

By Luke Jones, News Channel 3 CBS WREG; March 1, 2019 ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH, La. – A chartered…

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Empire Builder Route: Economic benefits of a second daily train between Chicago and Twin Cities revealed

From Global Railway Review; March 1, 2019 The Rail Passengers Association recently issued its Impacts From A Second Train To…

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Amtrak says ‘human error’ caused Chicago Metra delays

By Jake Griffin, Chicago Daily Herald; March 1, 2019 Amtrak officials blamed “human error” for a massive system failure Thursday…

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South Shore, Chicago Metra firm up partnership through 2024

By Andrew Steele, Kokomo Perspective.com; February 27, 2019 CHESTERTON — Terms of the track-usage and service partnership between the South Shore…

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Could passenger rail be coming back to Brainerd and Greater Minnesota? Advocacy group invites Brainerd man to commuter railroad rally in St. Paul

By Gabriel LaGarde, Brainerd Dispatch; February 27, 2019 Activists are making another push for more passenger rail in Greater Minnesota—and…

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Opinion: Chicago Union Station’s Great Hall looks better than ever, so why are commuters fuming?

By Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune; February 25, 2019 It’s easy to understand why Metra commuters who endure the dismal conditions…

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Illinois: Ramping Up Rail

By Tom Robb, Elk Grove Business Journal; February 21, 2019 The Elk Grove Village Business Park is not only served…

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New name, same Minnesota goal: Great River Rail Commission to continue second train advocacy

From The Winona Daily News; February 21, 2019 One of the leading voices on passenger rail in Minnesota has a…

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Chicago Metra buying refurbished locomotives to save money

By Marni Pyke, Chicago Daily Herald; February 20, 2019 Metra leaders agreed Wednesday to spend $71 million on 15 refurbished…

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