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., 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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Europe, Germany: FlixTrain set to relaunch Cologne – Berlin service

By David Burroughs, International Railway Journal; June 30, 2020 GERMAN open-access operator FlixTrain has announced it will begin to relaunch…

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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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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., Florida: Amtrak to reduce New York-Florida trains starting July 6, with more cuts coming Oct. 1

By Curtis Tate, USA Today; June 29, 2020 Starting next week, Amtrak is cutting back service between New York and…

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U.S.: In transportation bill, a call for finer dining on Amtrak

By Jessica Wehrman, Roll Call; June 29, 2020 When the head of Amtrak faced the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee…

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U.S., Commentary: Amtrak, Tri-weekly, The future, and Yogi

Editor’s Note: The commentary below is by Russ Jackson of Fort Worth, Texas, formerly of California. Mr. Jackson is the…

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U.S., Oklahoma and Texas: Smaller Heartland Flyer to continue to run despite ‘dramatically’ down ticket sales

By Jordan Green, The Oklahoman; June 21, 2020 Amtrak’s passenger train operating between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, Texas, will…

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Canada – Five Million Passengers Chose VIA Rail in 2019: A Record Ridership in Three Decades

A press release from VIA Rail Canada; June 23, 2020: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ANNUAL REPORTFrom January 1 to December 31,…

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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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UK, Scotland – Scotrail Edinburgh to Glasgow train: What it’s like to take a peak time train ride in lockdown

By Claire Galloway, Trainee Digital Journalist, Edinburgh Live; June 16, 2020 With lockdown set to ease further this week, life…

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U.S.: Money and virus mean cloudy future for Amtrak service in Missouri

By Kurt Erickson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; May 29, 2020 JEFFERSON CITY — A tight state budget and the ongoing global…

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U.S.: Illinois Wins Grant That Will Benefit Amtrak Hiawatha Expansion

By Jeramey Jannene, Urban Milwaukee; May 29, 2020 A new federal grant to repair a railroad junction in Illinois will…

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U.S., Central Florida: Coronavirus derails SunRail plans for local control

By Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel; May 26, 2020: Central Florida’s SunRail commuter rail system was gathering steam this year en…

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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., Florida: Brightline says local service will stay shut for months; Orlando route still on track

By Rob Wile, Miami Herald; May 20, 2020 Virgin Trains USA, formerly known as Brightline, announced Wednesday that it is…

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U.S., So much to consider in these radically changing times – Future Air Travel: Four-Hour Process, Self Check-In, Disinfection, Immunity Passes

Editor’s Note: In these rapidly evolving time for the travel industry – which includes passenger train travel – there are…

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U.S.: I Just Flew. It Was Worse Than I Thought It Would Be.

Editor’s Note: This article in normal times would be off-topic – at least – from passenger rail travel, but in…

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