Amtrak Bullying Now Targets SEPTA

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; June 18, 2019 WATCHING WASHINGTON, JUNE 2019 – Here…

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Opinion: Rail labor may rue its crew-size strategy

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor; May 23, 2019 News item: The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced May…

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New Congress, New Faces, New Challenges

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; April 16, 2019 LEGISLATIVE REPORT, APRIL 2019 – Knock,…

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South Carolina Senator Fritz Hollings’ role in rail merger policy

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; April 8, 2019 Somewhat buried in history is that…

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Frank Wilner Opinion: Beware the operating ratio trap

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; February 11, 2019 Watching Washington, February 2019: Sizzle sells…

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Frank Wilner opinion: Amtrak vs. freights: A messy MRSA

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; January 31, 2019 If you’re passionate about on-time performance…

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Frank Wilner Railway Age Capitol Hill information update: Short line tax credit; STB’s new members

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; January 26, 2019 Restoration of the 50% investment tax…

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Frank Wilner Opinion: Surface Transportation Board waiting too long for Godot

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; January 17, 2019 Watching Washington, January 2019: Prominently on…

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White House renames rail nominees for Senate confirmation

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; January 17, 2019 Five nominations for rail transportation federal…

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THURSDAY UPDATE: Washington’s Merry-Go-Round on ‘Stop’

Editor’s Note: The original version of this story, published yesterday, January 2nd, indicated there were many unfilled presidential appointments because…

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Washington’s Merry-Go-Round on ‘Stop’

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor; January 2, 2019 “Knock, knock.” Seriously, if you’re awaiting a “Who’s there?”…

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In Congress, it’s Hail Mary time

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; December 11, 2018 In the people’s company town of…

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Amtrak’s Anderson not a random choice

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; November 14, 2018 Watching Washington, November 2018: When a…

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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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Amtrak reform: Attention must be paid

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; October 2, 2018 Watching Washington, October 2018: From operating plans to…

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Frank Wilner Opinion: Why Ian Jefferies?

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; September 19, 2018 News item: Ian Jefferies, 42, currently…

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Frank Wilner: Amtrak denied precision scheduling

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; September 4, 2018 Watching Washington, September 2018: If two…

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Frank Wilner Opinion – NEC Infrastructure: Unification by Separation

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; August 24, 2018 Watching Washington, August 2018: Human life is measured…

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Amtrak: A Marx Brothers revival

An Opinion By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; July 9, 2018 Watching Washington, July 2018:…

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Book reviews: Railroading for railroaders

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; July 3, 2018 For railroaders this summer, a cerebral repast beckons…

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Opinion: Amtrak as bully

By Frank N. Wilner, Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; June 23, 2018 Amidst extravagant accusations of inhospitable dispatching by host…

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Staggers what? Time for a name change

Written by Frank N. Wilner, Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; January 9, 2018 Have others noticed that aside from those…

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Can Amtrak avoid creative destruction?

Written by  Frank N. Wilner, Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; December 20, 2017 Watching Washington, December 2017: Ignore Professor Plum…

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