Canada, Ontario: VIA Rail journey boasts autumn colours, anglers and adventurers

By Andre Ramshaw, Postmedia News, Canada.com; October 19, 2020 A crisp morning breeze carries the genial banter of railroaders and…

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Canada, British Columbia/Alberta/Manitoba: VIA Rail Announces a Gradual Service Resumption in Western Canada

A press release from VIA Rail Canada; October 20, 2020: MONTRÉAL, Oct. 20, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ -VIA Rail Canada (VIA…

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U.S.: Hit by pandemic, Amtrak is making cuts that may endure

By Jessica Wehrman, Roll Call; October 19, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic may force a reckoning for Amtrak’s long-distance routes, bringing…

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U.S., Illinois: How Chicago Metra may fill its budget hole if there’s no federal rescue

By Marni Pyke, Daily Herald Media Group, The Herald-News; October 19, 2020 Service cuts are an option if no federal…

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U.S., Illinois: Union Pacific responds to RT&S Magazine story on Chicago Metra lawsuit

By David C. Lester, Managing Editor, RT&S Magazine; October 16, 2020 Yesterday, RT&S published a story about Metra bringing suit…

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U.S.: Transit officials consider future of Minnesota’s Northstar rail line

By Janet Moore, Minneapolis Star Tribune; October 15, 2020 After several dozen passengers boarded the 4:27 p.m. Northstar Thursday at…

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U.S.: Passenger rail agencies struggling to survive ridership, revenue losses

By Julie Sneider, Senior Associate Editor, Progressive Railroading; October 2020 This summer, Progressive Railroading asked North American passenger-rail agencies to…

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U.S., Illinois: Chicago Metra sues Union Pacific for refusing to send conductors to collect tickets on trains during the pandemic

By Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune; October 14, 2020 The train conductor ticket collection dispute between Metra and Union Pacific has…

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U.S., Texas: All aboard Texas Eagle’s last daily departure from San Antonio to Chicago

By Randy Diamond, San Antonio Express-News; October 11, 2020 The last daily Texas Eagle train from San Antonio to Chicago…

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U.S., Amtrak to Congress: We Need $10 Billion

By Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor, Railway Age Magazine; October 8, 2020 Amtrak, updating its forecast for fiscal year 2021, anticipates needing up…

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U.S.: Amtrak warns an additional 2,400 jobs will be cut without more federal aid

By Luz Lazo, The Washington Post; October 8, 2020 Days after President Trump abruptly cut off talks on a broad…

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U.S., South Florida: Brightline shut down commuter service for months. When will the trains run again?

By David Lyons, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Mass Transit Magazine; October 1, 2020 The trains are in the barn. The downtown…

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U.S., California: Amtrak San Joaquins to reopen temporarily closed stations, beginning Monday

From A Contributed Report, The Sentinel; October 1, 2020 STOCKTON —  Beginning Monday, station lobbies serving the Amtrak San Joaquins…

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U.S., Colorado: Amtrak cancels Winter Park Express for 2020-21 season

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; October 1, 2020 Amtrak has suspended the Winter Park Express service between Denver’s Union Station and…

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U.S.: Amtrak service cuts expected to cost Virginians $142 million each year

By Digital Desk, WFXRtv.com; September 25, 2020 WASHINGTON (WFXR) — Amtrak plans to reduce service on its long-distance routes —…

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Canada: VIA Rail Postpones the Service Resumption of The Canadian and The Ocean

A press release from VIA Rail Canada; September 25, 2020: MONTRÉAL, September 25, 2020 –As COVID-19 cases are currently on…

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Europe: SBB and ÖBB to Expand Night Train Services in Europe

By Özgür Töre, FTN News; September 15, 2020 SBB and ÖBB are seeking to scale up the existing night train…

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U.S.: Amtrak CEO Pleads With Congress for Billions in Covid-19 Aid; $5 Billion Total to Keep Long Distance Trains Daily

By Keith Laing, Bloomberg Politics; September 9, 2020 Amtrak’s chief executive pleaded with House lawmakers Wednesday to approve $2.84 billion…

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U.S.: Amtrak service cuts interrupt North-South connection for Black Americans

By Curtis Tate, USA Today; September 9, 2020 For nearly 50 years, most of Amtrak’s long-distance trains have operated daily.…

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Canada, Manitoba: Churchill train travel on track

By Sarah Lawrynuik, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Winnipeg Free Press/Thompson Citizen; September 8, 2020 Manitoba’s chief public health officer has…

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Canada, British Columbia: Rocky Mountaineer expecting it to take years to rebuild business battered by pandemic

By Michael Potestio, Kamloops This Week, Vernon Morning Star; September 3, 2020 The president and CEO of the Rocky Mountaineer…

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U.S.: Amtrak Will Furlough Over 2,000 Workers Because of the Coronavirus

By Pranshu Verma, The New York Times; September 2, 2020 WASHINGTON — Amtrak, the passenger railroad agency, will furlough over…

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U.S.: ‘Not Unlike the Postal Service’: Advocates Want Amtrak to Prioritize Service Over Profit

By Pranshu Verma, The New York Times; September 1, 2020 WASHINGTON — For Amtrak, the coronavirus pandemic has not only…

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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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