U.S., Great Northern Empire Builder Route History: The Western Star offered superb passenger amenities and food service

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; December 3, 2020 The Western Star, a secondary train of the Great…

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U.S., Montana – It’s official: Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority forms, eyes southern route

By Martin Kidston, Missoula Current, KXLH 9; December 2, 2020 A dozen participating counties spanning Montana from east to west…

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U.S., Illinois/Iowa: Proposals being sought for Rockford-to-Dubuque rail feasibility study

BY BENNET GOLDSTEIN, Telegraph Herald; November 30, 2020 A Dubuque-area committee is looking to study the costs of creating a…

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U.S., Montana: Big Sky Passenger Rail Takes Another Big Step Forward

By Will Gordon, KMMS AM 1450; November 19, 2020 Slowly but surely, there could be a new scenic way to…

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U.S.: Minnesota funding for second train to Chicago thwarted

By Janet Moore, Star Tribune; November 4, 2020 Supporters of a proposed second round-trip train between the Twin Cities and…

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U.S., Indiana: Construction begins on $945 Million Northwest Indiana commuter train line

By Ethan May, Indianapolis Star; October 28, 2020 Construction is getting underway on what Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb calls the largest…

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U.S., Minnesota: Bonding bill snub holds up second Amtrak train between St. Paul and Chicago

By Deanna Weniger, Pioneer Press; October 27, 2020 A proposed second train between St. Paul and Chicago will be delayed…

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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., 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., Minnesota: More trains, more options

A Letter to the Editor of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune from Corridor Rail Development Corporation Executive Chairman James E. Coston; October…

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U.S., Illinois: Trouble on the tracks as Chicago Metra and Union Pacific duke it out

By Joe Cahill On Business, Crain’s Chicago Business; October 6, 2020 With so many conflicts roiling our city, state and…

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U.S., Illinois: Train service from Rockford to Chicago takes next step

By ABC 17 WTVO News; September 24, 2020 ROCKFORD, Ill (WTVO) — The quest to bring passenger rail service between…

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U.S.: Amtrak job offshoring provision questioned

By Douglas Clark, Transportation Today; September 10, 2020 Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) are…

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U.S., Indiana: South Shore double-track project, and a faster trip to Chicago, move closer to reality

By Ed Semmler, South Bend Tribune; September 8, 2020 The idea of getting to Chicago faster on the South Shore…

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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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U.S.: For Illinois Department Of Transportation, New Siemens Ventures

By William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age Magazine; August 31, 2020 The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has begun taking…

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U.S., Illinois – Chicago Metra: Union Pacific conductor policy leads to lost revenue

By The Associated Press, The News-Gazette; August 26, 2020 CHICAGO (AP) — Metra says Union Pacific’s refusal to send conductors…

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U.S.: Why I Took an Overnight Amtrak Trip on the Empire Builder Instead of Flying or Driving

By Ali Wunderman, Conde Nast Traveler; August 25, 2020 It was hard for me to stay awake as Amtrak’s Empire…

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U.S., Surface Transportation Board defers decision in Chicago Metra-Union Pacific dispute over commuter-rail service

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; August 11, 2020 The Surface Transportation Board (STB) last week declined to intervene in an ongoing…

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U.S., Illinois: Harry’s Cafe closing Friday after 42 years of serving morning coffee to Naperville train commuters

By Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, Chicago Tribune; August 05, 2020 It’s the “end of an era” for the owners of…

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U.S.: What It’s Like to Travel Across the Country by Amtrak Right Now

By Alexandra Schonfeld, Newsweek; July 31, 2020 There are certainly advantages to flying over choosing another form of transportation especially…

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