U.S., Paul Theroux – ‘Anything is possible on a train: a great meal, a binge, a visit from card players, an intrigue, a good night’s sleep, and strangers’ monologues framed like Russian short stories’

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; June 30, 2022 There are moments in time defined by unexpected events…

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U.S., Amtrak: A word about the Southwest Chief’s passengers and crew members

Message from James E. Coston, Executive Chairman, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; June 27, 2002 CHICAGO ‒ Everyone in the passenger…

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U.S.: What about the mob forming to come after the former airline execs running Amtrak?

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; June 26, 2022 There is an ugly, militant mob forming. Tar is…

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U.S.: Amtrak has a new president and executive vice president, plus here’s a tip for you at the beginning of vacation season

Editor’s Note: The bulk of this article originally appeared on this platform on February 8, 2021, and has been updated…

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U.S., Canada: Exploding the myth trains must be very fast to be attractive to passengers

By William Lindley, Guest Commentator; June 16, 2022 Key points: • Convenience of use is more important than train speed…

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U.S., Amtrak: Imagine what it’s like for train travel in 2032

By Russ Jackson, 2022 Guest Commentator for 2032; June 13, 2022 Imagine! “Back to the Future?” Cool! That about describes…

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U.S., Ohio: Understanding for Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak and beyond the critical national implications of a Cincinnati route hub with car-lines to both east and west coasts

Editor’s Note: Guest Commentator William Lindley illuminates the concept of a new George Washington as a useful replacement for Stephen…

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U.S.: Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak isn’t growing and may be shrinking with no way out as it seems to follow a false interpretation of federal law Stephen Gardner himself wrote

By Andrew Selden, Guest Commentator; May 23, 2022 It is widely acknowledged that if a business is not growing, it…

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U.S., Amtrak: There is a better way to run dining and lounge cars on Stephen Gardner’s Amtrak; look at Brightline’s example

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; May 16, 2022 We keep hearing whispers that full dining car service…

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U.S., Amtrak: The sadness of President Joe Biden’s Amtrak Board of Directors nominees; it’s time to go in a different direction for those who want a national system

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; May 2, 2022 Just about everyone knows the old saying, “be careful…

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U.S., Amtrak: Russ Jackson wrote to his Congressman about Stephen Gardner’s Texas Eagle; the Congressman responded and took action

By Russ Jackson, Guest Commentator; April 28, 2022 Have you corresponded with your U. S. Congressman about Amtrak lately? I…

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U.S., Amtrak: Every term for Board of Directors members has expired and the White House has not nominated any new members

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; April 11, 2022 When Amtrak was last reauthorized by Congress, the criteria…

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U.S., Amtrak: Remembering the man who changed passenger rail journalism, plus two voices on how it was and could be today

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; March 31, 2022 Word has come from several sources that Jim Wrinn,…

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U.S., Amtrak: Riding the Texas Eagle to Tucson while waiting for a cow to leave the tracks for Amtrak’s stepchild

By Russ Jackson, Guest Commentator; March 28, 2022 It was a great trip . . . The future of Amtrak…

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North America, Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada: Long Haul, Long Distance, Inter-Regional and more trains

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; March 23, 2022 Long Distance Trains. Long Haul Trains. Streamliners. Inter-Regional Trains.…

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U.S., Amtrak: Seeing America First; the travel adventures of Andrew Selden’s invisible 3,593 mile trip

By Andrew Selden, Guest Commentator; March 18, 2002 Can there be too much of a good thing? Based on my…

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U.S., Andrew Selden: Intercity Passenger Rail Investment Strategy; long distance/inter-regional versus commuter

Editor’s Note: Andrew Selden, in his capacity as President of United Rail Passenger Alliance, submitted official comments in response to…

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U.S., Texas; Post-pandemic, Amtrak and the A Train ask you: Where are you?

By Russ Jackson, Guest Commentator; March 5, 2022 Here we are with the world in turmoil. Amtrak, we haven’t forgotten…

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Canada, Something Different: VIA Rail believes in its mandate to operate a national railroad for the benefit of its passengers

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; February 28, 2022 Allegedly, the grass is always greener on the other…

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U.S., What If – Another View: Thinking about the future of the Midwest through Chicago and Louisville

(Editor’s Note ― In another What If look at the future, William Lindley of Shelbyville, Kentucky shares his thoughts about…

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U.S., Amtrak: Not railroaders, but unqualified bureaucrats running the company

By J. Bruce Richardson, Corridor Rail Development Corporation; February 4, 2022 What if you have a railroad, but doesn’t think…

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U.S., Texas: Amtrak’s Texas Eagle is like an Artichoke, Mr. Congressman

By Russell Jackson, Highland Village, Texas, Guest Commentator; January 23, 2022 The Texas Eagle is buried in the secondary of…

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U.S., Amtrak Audits: Paul Wilson can’t find where an extra $4 Billion is accounted for over two years

By Paul Wilson, Guest Commentator; January 13, 2022 Amtrak has released its audited financial statements for fiscal years 2020 and…

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