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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Canada: Latest VIA Rail Operations Update

A press release from VIA Rail Canada; July 9, 2020: MONTRÉAL, July 9, 2020 /CNW/ – Due to an increase in…

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U.S., Washington State: State receives King County to Spokane rail study

By Aaron Kunkler, Bellevue Reporter; July 10, 2020 A new study outlines what it could take to resurrect an east-west…

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U.S., California: Metrolink introduces tool to help passengers social distance

By David C. Lester, Managing Editor, RT&S Magazine; July 9. 2020 With the pandemic and social distancing on the minds…

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U.S., Washington, D.C.: EPA studying disinfectants for trains, stations

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; July 9, 2020 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) researchers are evaluating a number of commercially available…

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U.S., New England: Downeaster ridership low but rising as trains start running after two-month shutdown

By Hannah LaClaire, Times Record, Sun Journal; July 9, 2020 BRUNSWICK — Amtrak’s Downeaster trains are back up and running…

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U.S., Minnesota Local View: Don’t give up on Northern Lights Express, a better option than I-35

By James Patrick Buchanan, Duluth News Tribune; July 9, 2020 After reading the July 1, 2019, letter, “Give up on…

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Europe, UK: Boss of transport giant FirstGroup begs Government to stop telling commuters to avoid trains and buses ‘to get the economy moving again’ by ending working-from-home culture

By Luke Andrews For Mailonline, Daily Mail; July 9, 2020 The UK’s biggest bus company and rail operator has urged…

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U.S., Montana: All aboard? Butte-Silver Bow could join push for passenger rail

By Mike Smith, Montana Standard; July 9, 2020 Butte-Silver Bow might join several other counties in trying to restore passenger…

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Asia, Japan: Volume-based fares? JR East mulls changes after pandemic

By YUTA ICHIJO, Staff Writer, The Asahi Shimbun; July 8, 2020 East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) is considering different…

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Europe, Germany: Premiere Launch of the New ALPEN-SYLT Night Express

A press release from the RDC Group; July 5, 2020: From Sylt to Salzburg in one night: ALPEN-SYLT Night Express…

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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., North Carolina: Coronavirus pandemic reduces passenger train service in North Carolina again

By Richard Stradling, The News & Observer; July 06, 2020 RALEIGH Passenger train service in North Carolina is being cut…

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U.S., Connecticut: Coronavirus means we need to rethink our transportation needs.

By Emil H. Frankel, Special to Hartford Courant; July 05, 2020 Predicting the form and character of Connecticut’s transportation system…

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Australia: Victoria state government provides $A 9m to continue Overland services

By David Burroughs, International Railway Journal; July 3, 2020 THE Australian state government of Victoria has announced it will provide…

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Canada – Vacation, but not limited to: train or plane? ‘The future of green is traveling on the rails’

By Tammy Sewell, OI Canadian; July 5, 2020 European trains, travelling with the wind in the stern, guided the green…

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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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North, Central and South America: Seven train trips through the Americas, from Canada to Peru

By Tim Pile, South China Morning Post; July 3, 2020 From luxurious tourist trains to sugar-cane railways, heritage steam lines…

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U.S., Tennessee: Music City Star upgrades closer for Wilson and East Davidson county train service

By Andy Humbles, Nashville Tennessean; July 2, 2020 WeGo Public Transit unveiled and gave a progress report on capital equipment…

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U.S., California: BART launches ridership charts to help returning commuters plan

By Bay City News, KRON 4; June 30, 2020 SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (BCN) – BART said Tuesday that it is…

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Asia: Japan’s new bullet train N700S debuts on line linking Tokyo, Osaka

From Kyodo News; July 1, 2020 Tokyo – Japan’s latest shinkansen bullet train model offering improved performance and upgraded cabin…

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U.S., Commentary: Can Private Intercity Passenger Rail Return to America?

By Scott Beyer, Catalyst; June 30, 2020 Private rail transport can work in the United States—we know because it still…

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U.S., Commentary: We need a better Amtrak for post-pandemic America

By Jon Talton, The Seattle Times; June 26, 2020 Airlines aren’t the only passenger transportation systems in trouble because of…

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