U.S., North Carolina: Big Plans for Passenger Train Service

By Reuben Jones, Spectrum News 1; December 3, 2020 CHARLOTTE, N.C. – On a Friday afternoon, a few dozen passengers…

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U.S.: Amtrak agrees to fix stations and pay $2.25 million to settle ADA discrimination claims

By Luz Lazo, The Washington Post; December 2, 2020 Amtrak has agreed to pay $2.25 million to settle civil claims…

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U.S., Connecticut: Metro-North chief says it could take years to restore ridership to New Haven Line after pandemic; telecommuting expected to transform commuting patterns in future

By Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant; November 30, 2020 WEST HAVEN — With ridership still down by 80%, the president of…

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U.S., Washington State: Two Bellingham women suspected in terrorist attack against BNSF, endangering the public

By David Rasbach, The Bellingham Herald; November 30, 2020 Two Bellingham women were charged with a terrorist attack and violence…

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U.S.: Norfolk Southern executive highlights the need for freight rails to take a more customer-focused service approach

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor, Logistics Management; November 30, 2020 As things have been upended on many fronts over…

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Canada – Q3 Results: VIA Rail Continues to Manage the Impacts of the Pandemic

A press release from VIA Rail Canada; November 30, 2020: HIGHLIGHTS Continued implementation of prevention measures in response to the…

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U.S., Michigan: COVID puts plans for test of new Michigan train line on hold

By Associated Press, The Mercury News; November 29, 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has forced supporters of a new passenger train…

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Canada, British Columbia/Alberta, The Bear Facts: Study finds train speed a top factor in wildlife deaths in Banff, Yoho national parks

By Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press, Global News; November 28, 2020 A study looking at 646 wildlife deaths on railway…

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U.S., New Jersey: London Bridge is Falling Down

By William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age Magazine; November 23, 2020 Several “project stakeholders” in New Jersey’s passenger rail network—Governor…

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U.S., Northeast: Amtrak Expecting Less Than 40,000 Travelers Over Thanksgiving Holiday Amid Pandemic, Restrictions

By Staff, CBS 3 Philly; November 25, 2020 PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some people are choosing to travel by train this…

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U.S., New York Opinion – Shine light in the tunnel: Publish secret study on fixing Amtrak’s Hudson tubes and avoid Gateway’s waste

By Daily News Editorial Board; New York Daily News; November 22, 2020 It’s nice to know that people see what…

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U.S., New York: Amtrak Continues to Enhance the Travel Experience at New York Penn Station with New Safety Features and Amenities

A press release from Amtrak; November 18, 2020: Installation of new Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation equipment coincide with platform improvements and…

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Canada, Ontario Opinion: Green transportation infrastructure an ideal investment target for private sector and government

By Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, The Hamilton Spectator; November 17, 2020 Governments across Canada are facing severe economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19.…

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U.S., Opinion: Passenger rail investment offers non-stop service to a prosperous economy

By Bill Flynn and Tony Coscia, Opinion Contributors, The Hill; November 13, 2020 After the most contentious election in recent…

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U.S., Michigan: Is Ann Arbor-Traverse City Train Plan Still On Track?

By Craig Manning, The Traverse Ticker; November 8, 2020 A project aimed at revitalizing passenger rail in northern Michigan is…

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U.S., New York: New Buffalo Amtrak station opens downtown, handling curtailed runs amid pandemic

By Thomas J. Prohaska, The Buffalo News; November 8, 2020 Passengers are few these days, but Amtrak’s rail service in…

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U.S.: Train travel is experiencing its own version of the ‘RV effect’

By Jeri Clausing, Travel Weekly; November 4, 2020 As travelers seek close-to-home and private options to travel in the pandemic,…

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U.S.: Amtrak Is Giving You the Whole Car with Private Train Charters

By LeVar Thomas, Stupid Dope; November 5, 2020 You have been wondering what to do for a socially distanced holiday.…

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U.S. – Inspector general: More Amtrak safety workers need drug testing

By Jessica Wehrman, Roll Call; October 29, 2020 Amtrak conducts random drug tests on conductors and engineers but fails to…

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U.S.: California ballot measure ask voters to decide on dedicated funding for Caltrain

By Liz Carey, Transportation Today; October 29, 2020 A ballot measure before voters in three counties in California on Nov. 3 would…

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U.S., Oregon/California: I Took an Overnight Train During the Pandemic — Here’s What I Learned

By Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure; October 29, 2020 As soon as I stepped into the boarding line at…

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U.S.: Freight rail benefits from intercity passenger rail grants

By Joanna Marsh, Freight Waves; October 28, 2020 The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding $291 million to 11…

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U.S.: Amtrak in October… what’s going to happen now?

Commentary By Russ Jackson; October 28, 2020 Editor’s Note: Russ Jackson is the distinguished retired editor of the Western Rail…

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U.S., Texas: Amtrak has expansion within the San Antonio-Dallas-Houston triangle ‘under review’

By Madalyn Mendoza, mysa.com; October 23, 2020 Amtrak has made significant cuts to service in response to COVID-19-related plunges in…

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