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 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.: Amtrak ‘indefinitely suspends’ Package Express service beginning October 1st

From Amtrak’s website; September 2, 2020: Effective October 1, 2020, Express shipping service on Amtrak’s regularly scheduled passenger trains will be suspended…

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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.: Six Stunning National Parks You Can Reach By Amtrak — In Private Rooms

By Lea Lane, Contributor, Forbes; August 20, 2020 As we continue to face international travel restrictions, American travelers are eager…

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U.S.: Amtrak now giving passengers real-time updates on capacity due to COVID-19

By Jonathan Greig in Innovation, Tech Republic; August 12, 2020 Concerns about subway and train travel have persisted as states…

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Canada: VIA Rail on safety, demand and short- and long-term forecasts

By Cindy Sosroutomo, Travel Week; August 11, 2020 TORONTO — With a network that serves over 400 communities from coast…

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U.S.: George Washington University to Advise Amtrak on Pandemic Response

A press release from Amtrak; August 11, 2020: WASHINGTON – Amtrak has engaged the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health…

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U.S.: Amtrak passengers now face removal from trains for not wearing masks

By Curtis Tate, USA Today; July 23, 2020 Amtrak on Thursday joined U.S. air carriers in tightening face mask requirements,…

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U.S., Amtrak: How to take a long-haul train trip during the pandemic

By NATALIE B. COMPTON, The Washington Post, The Herald-Dispatch; July 19, 2020 As the country braces for an uptick in…

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U.S.: The Trusty Roomette Is Suddenly Giving Amtrak an Advantage Airlines Can Only Dream Of

By Robert Klara, Adweek; July 13, 2020 In 1946, the Association of American Railroads produced a report aimed at calming…

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U.S.: House Bill would tie Amtrak funding to preservation of long-distance routes, staff

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; July 10, 2020 The House Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) earlier…

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U.S., Commentary: Amtrak cuts are shortsighted

By The Editorial Board, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; July 5, 2020 Amtrak is a vital public transportation service and an economic benefit…

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U.S., Commentary: Is Amtrak leveraging the pandemic to permanently cut train service?

By David C. Lester, Managing Editor, RT&S Magazine; July 7, 2020 Amtrak is set to celebrate its 50th anniversary in…

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U.S., Commentary: How To Get Back On Track After COVID-19

By Tony Coscia, International Business Times; July 7, 2020 Like many enterprises throughout the economy, Amtrak is facing the challenge…

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U.S.: Critics Fear Amtrak Is Using Pandemic to Cut Service That Won’t Return

By Pranshu Verma, The New York Times; July 3, 2020 WASHINGTON — Amtrak has long wanted to cut back on…

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U.S., Washington, D.C.: New Union Station passenger platform will open in 2022

By Jeff Clabaugh, WTOP; June 26, 2020 Work is underway on a project to dust off an old Union Station…

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U.S., West Virginia: Manchin joins senators in calling for assurances that Amtrak service cuts will be temporary

From Staff Reports, Charleston Gazette-Mail; June 26, 2020 Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has joined three other U.S. senators in sending…

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U.S.: Amtrak reducing service, offering buyout packages to employees

By Kanishka Singh, Reuters, Yahoo! News; June 16, 2020 (Reuters) – U.S. passenger railroad service Amtrak, which has been reeling…

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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.: Amtrak gets $1 Billion boost — and it’s not just for the Northeast Corridor

By Salena Zito, Washington Examiner; April 15, 2020 CONNELLSVILLE, Pennsylvania — It is 6:59 a.m., and Amtrak’s Capitol Limited is…

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Europe, Germany: Record German long distance passenger numbers in 2019

By Keith Fender, International Railway Journal; April 14, 2020 A record 151 million passengers used long-distance rail services in Germany…

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U.S.: Federal Railroad Administration makes $1 billion available to Amtrak in response to COVID-19

A press release from the Federal Railroad Administration; April 13, 2020: The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is making more than…

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