U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski asks if Amtrak will reimburse Chicago Metra commuters for disruption

From Crain’s Chicago Business; March 12, 2019 Congressman Dan Lipinski, who heads the House subcommittee that has oversight for rail,…

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At Amtrak, it’s no longer 1950

By Frank N. Wilner, Capitol Hill Contributing Editor, Railway Age Magazine; March 9, 2019 WATCHING WASHINGTON, MARCH 2019 – Amtrak…

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Opinion: Amtrak’s airline CEO wants to kill America’s most storied trains

By Jon Talton, Columnist, The Seattle Times; February 26, 2019 Passengers stuck on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight for more than a…

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Amtrak’s plan to boost ridership could hurt long-distance routes, report says

By Amelia Lucas, CNBC; February 20, 2019 Amtrak is planning to boost its ridership by revamping its national network of…

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Washington: House Transportation and Infrastructure hearing highlights cost of neglecting infrastructure investments

From Progressive Railroading Magazine; February 8, 2019 The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) yesterday held its first hearing…

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West Virginia Editorial: Amtrak should drop opposition to New River Train

By The Editorial Board, The Herald-Dispatch; February 5, 2019 Amtrak has a base of loyal customers that many other businesses…

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West Virginia’s Huntington railroad society’s closing blamed on Amtrak changes

By Fred Pace, The Herald-Dispatch; February 1, 2019 HUNTINGTON — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says Amtrak has created a financial hardship…

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Hot food returns to Amtrak’s Capitol Limited, Lakeshore Limited for sleeping car passengers

By William C. Vanutono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age Magazine; January 17, 2019 After months of having to endure cold boxed food—what…

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Unions protest at Boston’s South Station over possible outsourcing of Amtrak jobs

By Katie Johnston, Staff, The Boston Globe; December 17, 2018 Dozens of Amtrak employees and their supporters rallied in front…

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Opinion: How Amtrak’s Grinch couldn’t steal Christmas

By Don Phillips, Railway Age Magazine; November 26, 2018 Many people probably thought that when Amtrak President and CEO Richard…

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Amtrak’s Problems Actually Extend Much Further Than Recent String of Accidents

By Sarah Skootsky, Observer.com; November 2, 2018 The past few days have been rough for Amtrak. On Thursday morning, a…

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Is Amtrak becoming like the airlines?

By Bill McGee, Special, USA TODAY; October 24, 2018 For years I’ve been traveling to the nation’s capital to represent…

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Amtrak layoffs, service cuts would ‘dismantle’ rail system, protesting workers in New York City say

By Vincent Barone, amny.com; October 9, 2018 Amtrak workers rallied outside of Penn Station against what they fear will be…

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Opinion: What, ANOTHER positive Amtrak Trip Report? Yes!

Editor’s note: Russ Jackson is the retired distinguished editor of the Western Rail Passenger Review. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson reside…

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Local Illinois officials share concerns about Amtrak service with Senator Durbin

By Rebecca Susmarski of GateHouse Media Illinois, Journal Star; September 19, 2018 GALESBURG — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin met with…

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Bipartisan Senators To House THUD Appropriators: Preserve Funding For Amtrak’s Southwest Chief

By Carol A. Clark, Los Alamos Daily Post; September 11, 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tom…

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Opinion: TWU’s “crappy boxed lunch,” a PTC paper tiger—and silence

By William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age Magazine; September 6, 2018 I don’t need to write much about how the…

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Open letter to Richard Anderson

By John Heffner, Senior Counsel, Clark Hill Strasburger, Railway Age Magazine; August 27, 2018 Dear Mr. Anderson: I am writing you both…

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New York congressional representatives ask Amtrak to reconsider Toys for Tots decision

By Madison Iszler and Eric Anderson, Albany Times-Union; August 10, 2018 Three upstate members of Congress are asking Amtrak to…

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Passenger rail service still needs backing

Commentary By Evan Stair, Santa Fe New Mexican; August 7, 2018 Many hopes rest on the Udall-Moran Southwest Chief Route…

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ATK, CEO, OTP, PTC, F&B, BLT, UP, etc. Challenges, challenges.

Note: Russ Jackson is the distinguished retired editor of the Western Rail Passenger Review, and a huge fan of BLT…

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Andrew Selden Opinion: No way to run a passenger railroad

By Andrew Selden, Railway Age Magazine; July 6, 2018 What does a deflated balloon look like? That is becoming an…

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Amtrak considering buses for part of Southwest Chief

From The Kansan; June 25, 2018 There is a new threat to the Southwest Chief, a long distance Amtrak train…

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New Mexico Senator Heinrich balks at Amtrak’s plan to abandon Southwest Chief route

By Hawker Vanguard, KOB 4; June 22, 2018 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Southwest Chief has hit another bump in the…

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