U.S.: Amtrak reverses course on charging wheelchair users $25,000 to reconfigure train car

By Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY; January 21, 2020 Amtrak has reversed course and will not charge an accessibility advocacy group $25,000 for…

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U.S.: Amtrak pitches new Memphis-to-Chicago, other Tennessee lines to state legislators

By Sandy Mazza, Nashville Tennessean; January 15, 2020 Railway enthusiasts in Memphis could see an additional daylight route to Chicago,…

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U.S.: Year of the train? Advocates look to restore passenger rail along Montana’s southern route

By Martin Kidston, Missoula Current, KZBK 7; January 5, 2020 While it’s been more than four decades since passenger rail…

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U.S., Illinois: Union Pacific wants to bail out of running Chicago Metra lines

By David C. Lester, Managing Editor, RT&S Magazine; December 23, 2019 The Chicago Daily Herald is reporting that Metra, the…

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U.S., Illinois: Amtrak advances plan for a Chicago Union Station food hall

By David Roeder, Chicago Sun-Times; December 10, 2019 Amtrak, owner of Chicago’s Union Station, has hired real estate firm Cushman…

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U.S., Illinois: Amtrak honored for Chicago Union Station restoration project

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; December 11, 2019 Amtrak‘s $22 million project to restore the Great Hall at Chicago Union Station…

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U.S., Wisconsin: Traditions keep friendship on track for Milwaukee-to-Chicago train commuters

By Molly Snyder, Senior Writer, OnMilwaukee.com; December 11, 2019 Seven times a day, the Amtrak Hiawatha departs from Milwaukee to…

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U.S.: Amtrak Hiawatha line that stops in Glenview, Illinois gets funding from Wisconsin lawmakers to buy new rail cars

By Ryan Nilsson, Pioneer Press, Chicago Tribune; December 10, 2019 Amtrak’s Hiawatha line, which runs between Milwaukee and Chicago and…

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Amtrak vs. Freight Railroads: Shippers, You Are Impacted!

By Jim Blaze, Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; November 26, 2019 A headline story says that U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin…

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Rails Rockies; Taking a trip by train was relaxing and marked by gorgeous views

Story and photos by RACHEL SCHNALZER, Los Angeles Times, The Lewiston Tribune; November 24, 2019 Welcome to Moooooon River,” the…

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Illinois Congressman Dan Lipinski calls for Metra to take over Chicago Union Station from Amtrak after ‘disastrous’ service outage, falling concrete

By Mary Wisniewski, Chicago Tribune; November 13, 2019 After a “disastrous” service outage that delayed tens of thousands of passengers…

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Amtrak from Cleveland, Ohio to Chicago: A relaxing ride despite middle-of-the-night departures, late trains

By Susan Glaser, The Plain Dealer; November 11, 2019 CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Amtrak train slowed to a crawl just…

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Chicago Metra spending $15.5 million on security cameras in passenger cars

By Marni Pyke, Chicago Daily Herald; November 8, 2019 Metra plans to deploy an army of security cameras on all…

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Why Illinois is running an extra helping of Amtrak Thanksgiving trains this year, but Michigan isn’t

By Igor Studenkov, Streetsblog Chicago; November 11, 2019 Thanksgiving week is usually Amtrak’s busiest in terms of ridership, so the…

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Carbondale, Illinois finally gets grant to transform Amtrak station into downtown transit hub

By ISAAC SMITH, Reporter, The Southern; November 6, 2019 CARBONDALE — After years in the making, it was announced Wednesday…

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Illinois: Project to connect Chicago to Quad Cities receives federal funding extension

By Mischa Wanek-Libman, Mass Transit Magazine; November 4, 2019 A project to connect Chicago to the Quad Cities via an…

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For views of the Rockies you can’t see any other way, ride Amtrak’s California Zephyr

By Rachel Schnalzer, Audience Engagement Editor, Los Angeles Times; November 1, 2019 DENVER — “Welcome to Moooooon River,” the conductor announced as…

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Illinois: Former Lake Forest city manager indicted following Amtrak lobbying scandal

By Vincent Caruso, Writer, Illinoispolicy.org; October 27, 2019 One of Illinois’ longest serving and highest paid former local officeholders is…

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin pushes to improve Amtrak on-time performance

By Elizabeth Taylor, WSIL 3 ABC; October 23, 2019 WASHINGTON (WSIL) — U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) sent letters to…

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Northwest rail buffs signal for return of Oregon Trail Amtrak route to Boise, Idaho

By Tom Banse, Spokane Public Radio; October 22, 2019 As scenic train rides go, it would be a plum ticket.…

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Amtrak rolls out more comfortable cars for trips out of Chicago

By David Roeder, Chicago Sun-Times; October 16, 2019 If you haven’t traveled by train in a while, Amtrak is summoning…

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It took me 96 hours to ride an Amtrak train from coast to coast. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

By Graham Rapier, Business Insider; October 16, 2019 Over 96 hours, I saw more of the US than I had…

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Illinois: Illini and Saluki Amtrak routes among worst-performing in U.S., report says

By MARY WISNIEWSKI Chicago Tribune, Journal Gazette and Times-Courier; October 17, 2019 CHICAGO — Amtrak’s Illini and Saluki trains have…

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North by northwest: The Empire Builder holds its own

By Ted Leach, Concord Monitor; October 13, 2019 At 2:15 p.m., right on schedule, the Empire Builder passenger train began…

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