Opinion: Has Amtrak placed itself in jeopardy?

By David Briginshaw, International Railway Journal; September 2, 2019 AMTRAK was set up in 1971 as a quasi-public corporation to…

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Here’s Why We’ve Failed to Figure Out Why Infrastructure Costs So Much

By Josh Barro, Intelligencer, New York Magazine; July 24, 2019 Last year, in a provision tucked away in an appropriations…

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Congress Moves Toward Ban on Buying Chinese Buses, Railcars Over Spy Fears

By Trefor Moss in Shanghai and Lindsay Wise in Washington, The Wall Street Journal; July 23, 2019 China’s push to…

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Danny Plaugher column: Virginia is leading on passenger rail. It needs Congress’ help.

By Danny Plaugher, Richmond Times-Dispatch; June 29, 2019 While Indiana (Hoosier service) and Pennsylvania (Keystone and Pennsylvanian services) are cutting…

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Union leaders criticize precision scheduled railroading

By Joanna Marsh, Freight Waves; June 21, 2019 The implementation of precision scheduled railroading (PSR) has contributed to dwindling morale…

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Rail Unions to Congress: Safety is Not Negotiable

From Staff, AJOT.com; June 19, 2019 More than 150 years after the completion of the transcontinental railroad, rail remains a…

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House Appropriations orders Amtrak to go on new track

By Tim Leeds, Havre Daily News; June 14, 2019 A report from the U.S. House Appropriations Committee very directly tells…

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Message from unions visiting Capitol Hill: Hostile Amtrak

Lawmakers unswayed by Ethiopian crash report By SAM MINTZ, With help from Stephanie Beasley and Alex Guillén, Politco Morning Report;…

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Policy Opinion: Why Will It Be So Hard To Pull The Plug On Amtrak?

By Art Carden, Contributor, Forbes; March 29, 2019 My recent article arguing that we should cut federal subsidies to Amtrak…

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Trump Administration issues Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal. Reaction: ‘The sky is falling and the Earth is rushing up to meet it.’

By J. Bruce Richardson; March 12, 2019 The Trump Administration submitted its proposed Fiscal Year 2020 federal budget to Congress…

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At Amtrak, it’s no longer 1950

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; March 9, 2019 WATCHING WASHINGTON, MARCH 2019 – Amtrak…

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Infrastructure funding still elusive

By SAM MINTZ, With Help From Brianna Gurciullo, Politico Morning Transportation; March 7, 2019 — Some House Democratic transportation leaders…

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Amtrak: A failure of public enterprise?

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; November 14, 2018 From the November 2018 issue of Railway Age:…

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Chairman Bill Shuster Releases Plan to Transform America’s Infrastructure

A press release from the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; July 23, 2018: Washington, D.C. – This Congress,…

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House committee OKs $2.6 billion for Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant program

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; May 29, 2018 The U.S. House Appropriations Committee last week approved a $71.8 billion transportation, housing…

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Former Amtrak President and CEO asks about his former company – Amtrak: Where is the public input? Where is the transparency?

By Joseph A. Boardman, Railway Age Magazine; May 10, 2018 Having spent much of my productive life at the state…

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Opinion – How to improve and expand the Northeast rail corridor: Stop doing infrastructure upside down

By John Brown Miller, Washington Examiner; April 8, 2018 The federal role in financing state infrastructure remains upside down. Instead…

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Opinion: Trump is right to resist spending on New York’s way-too-expensive new tunnel

By Josh Barro, Business Insider; March 25, 2018 For President Donald Trump, I’m sure it’s mostly about a grudge. Chuck…

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The Gateway Project Doesn’t Need Trump’s Approval

By Alon Levy, City Lab; March 21, 2018 Holding up the spending bill in Congress this week: a fight over…

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Congressional leaders etch deal to make $540M available to Gateway

By DANA RUBINSTEIN, RYAN HUTCHINS and LAUREN GARDNER, Politico; March 21, 2018 Congressional leaders have agreed to include $540 million…

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Amtrak gets nearly $2 billion in federal spending bill, despite Trump criticism and accidents

By Bart Jansen, USA TODAY; March 21, 2018 WASHINGTON — Amtrak gets nearly $2 billion in federal funding, rather than a…

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Gateway Overseers Say New New York City Rail-Commuter Tunnel Is Inevitable

By Henry Goldman, Bloomberg; March 16, 2018 The $12.7 billion Gateway commuter-rail tunnel opposed by President Donald Trump will get…

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Why Train Travel in U.S. Has Never Been a Smooth Ride

By Ryan Beene and Thomas Black, Bloomberg Businessweek; March 16, 2018 It’s been a tough few months even by the…

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Tunnel to the other side

By LAUREN GARDNER, With help from Brianna Gurciullo, Tanya Snyder and Stephanie Beasley, Politico Morning Transportation; March 15, 2018 TUNNEL…

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New Jersey: Gateway Official Says There’s ‘No Plan B’ if Federal Funding Falls Through

By John Reitmeyer, New Jersey Spotlight; September 26, 2017 Building the proposed Gateway rail tunnel is more urgent than many…

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