U.S., Central Florida: Coronavirus derails SunRail plans for local control

By Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel; May 26, 2020: Central Florida’s SunRail commuter rail system was gathering steam this year en…

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U.S.: Amtrak sees service cuts without an additional $1.48 billion for 2021

By Jessica Wehrman, Roll Call; May 27, 2020 Amtrak’s top executive said Acela and other Northeast Corridor routes could be…

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U.S.: Freedman Seating Introduces Passenger Protective Equipment

A press release from Freedman Seating Company; May 27, 2020: New products to help fight the spread of germs on…

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U.S., Florida: Brightline says local service will stay shut for months; Orlando route still on track

By Rob Wile, Miami Herald; May 20, 2020 Virgin Trains USA, formerly known as Brightline, announced Wednesday that it is…

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U.S., So much to consider in these radically changing times – Future Air Travel: Four-Hour Process, Self Check-In, Disinfection, Immunity Passes

Editor’s Note: In these rapidly evolving time for the travel industry – which includes passenger train travel – there are…

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U.S.: I Just Flew. It Was Worse Than I Thought It Would Be.

Editor’s Note: This article in normal times would be off-topic – at least – from passenger rail travel, but in…

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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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Australia – Mind the gap: What your journey to work could look like after lockdown

By Timna Jacks, The Age; April 30, 2020 Public transport services should be run half empty and no standing room…

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UK, Scotland: ScotRail staff told not to blow whistles or check tickets

By A Glasgow Times Reporter, Glasgow Evening Times; April 29, 2020 RAIL staff have been banned from using whistles to…

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U.S., California: Caltrain Ponders Future As Pandemic Hurts Ridership, Funding

By Margie Shafer, KCBS Radio; April 29, 2020 It was standing room only on Caltrain before the coronavirus outbreak. It’s…

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U.S., Pennsylvania: Work continues on Amtrak station, with date moved slightly later for targeted completion on West Main

By Dan Miller, Press & Journal; April 29, 2020 Work is continuing toward building the new Amtrak train station along…

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Europe: Operators start to resume services as Covid-19 travel restrictions ease

By David Burroughs, International Railway Journal; April 28, 2020 EUROPEAN governments are starting to ease restrictions put in place to…

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U.S.: How U.S. Public Transit Can Survive Coronavirus

By Alon Levy and Eric Goldwyn, City Lab; April 24, 2020 Public transportation has been in a state of crisis…

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U.S., California: BART puts small businesses to work on the railroad during pandemic

By Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, RT&S Magazine; April 23, 2020 Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is taking unprecedented steps to increase…

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Europe, UK: GB Railfreight converts passenger train to carry essential medical cargo

By Gavin van Marle, The Lodestar; April 27, 2020 The transformation of passenger transport to carry cargo has shifted modes.…

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U.S.: With ridership down 95 percent and losses of $700 million, Amtrak looks to pandemic’s recovery phase

By Luz Lazo, The Washington Post; April 23, 2020 Amtrak is projecting losses of about $700 million this year, following…

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U.S.: New Amtrak CEO William Flynn on What a Post-Covid-19 Railroad Might Look Like

By Robert Klara, Adweek; April 24, 2020 Many companies allow a new CEO to take a few weeks to ease…

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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., Maryland: Amtrak to move forward with ‘critical’ Baltimore Penn Station redevelopment despite pandemic

By Holden Wilen, Reporter, Baltimore Business Journal; April 23, 2020 Amtrak officials said Thursday they consider the redevelopment of Baltimore’s…

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Asia, India: Keeping idle trains fit and ready for operations is daunting

By Vijay Pinjarkar, TNN, The Times of India; April 24, 2020 NAGPUR: With 13,500 trains across Indian Railways standstill .. Click…

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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., New Jersey: Coronavirus has ‘decimated’ payroll, as some New Jersey Transit workers wait for paychecks

By Colleen Wilson, NorthJersey.com; April 23, 2020 For weeks, hundreds of NJ Transit employees, who have kept trains and buses running…

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U.S., California: Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Continues to Provide Train Service for Essential Travel Only

A press release from Amtrak Pacific Surfliner; April 20, 2020: Modified schedules and increased safety measures are in place for…

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