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.: Amtrak considers assigned seating as pandemic dictates social distancing

By Eric Anderson, Albany Times-Union; May 29, 2020 RENSSELAER — Assigned seating could soon come to more Amtrak trains. The…

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Europe: German railway alliance formed to rescue DB

By David Briginshaw, International Railway Journal; May 26, 2020 THE German federal government, German Rail (DB), and a rail union…

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U.S., California: Bullet train would nick jobs, homes and parks on 14-mile route from Los Angeles to Burbank

By Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times; May 29, 2020 The future California bullet train’s passage from Burbank to Los Angeles would…

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Worldwide: Private Rail Cars Will Soon Become The Ultimate Social Distancing Escape

By Jim Dobson, Senior Contributor, Forbes; May 29, 2020 A new resurgence of the Golden Age is on the horizon…

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U.S.: Amtrak discloses data breach, potential leak of customer account data

By Charlie Osborne for Zero Day, June 2, 2020 The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) has disclosed a data breach…

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U.S., New Mexico: George R.R. Martin buys the historic Santa Fe Southern Railway with two other partners

By Abhijeet Singh, Wiki of Thrones; June 1, 2020 Most of us may not remember when exactly we lost interest…

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U.S., Montana: Efforts to restore Amtrak route across southern Montana gain momentum

By Martin Kidston, Missoula Current; June 2, 2020 While the coronavirus pandemic prompted Missoula County to cancel a passenger rail…

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U.S., Central Florida: SunRail DeLand station remains on hold; transition to local control faces delay

By Mark Harper, The Daytona Beach News-Journal; May 29, 2020 SunRail which is run by the Florida Department of Transportation,…

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U.S., South Florida: Brightline commuter plan panned by mayor and Tri-Rail, but advances into county talks

By Douglas Hanks, Miami Herald; June 2, 2020 Tri-Rail and Miami-Dade’s mayor said it would cost the public too much…

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Canada: Siemens Mobility Appoints Yves Desjardins-Siciliano as Canadian CEO

From Business Wire, Calgary Herald; May 20, 2020 OAKVILLE, Ontario — Siemens Mobility announces the appointment of Yves Desjardins-Siciliano as…

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U.S., South Florida: Tri-Rail locked out of downtown while Brightline is shut

By Jesse Scheckner, Miami Today; May 26, 2020 Several steps remain before Tri-Rail can run on Brightline tracks to MiamiCentral…

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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.: Freedman Seating Introduces Passenger Protective Equipment

A press release from Freedman Seating Company; May 27, 2020: New products to help fight the spread of germs on…

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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., Opinion: Eight Principles for Establishing a U.S. Passenger Rail System

By F.K. Plous, High Speed Rail Alliance: May 18, 2020 If the United States is to have a modern passenger-rail…

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U.S., Florida: Virgin Trains planning $122 million of bridge work; two demolitions on Treasure Coast in May

By Joshua Solomon, Treasure Coast Newspapers, TCPalm.com; May 11, 2020 Virgin Trains USA will spend $121.5 million to repair and replace…

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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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U.S.: Surface Transportation Board issues decisions on demurrage and accessorial charges

By Joanna Marsh, Freight Waves; May 1, 2020 The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has made three decisions defining how the…

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U.S., California Opinion: The bad news for the bullet train never stops

By The Editorial Board, The Orange County Register; May 1, 2020 The board of the California High-Rail Authority disclosed that…

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U.S.: Design-Build Team Makes Decision to Leave Maryland Purple Line Rail Project

By Jim Parsons, Engineering News-Record; May 2, 2020 The design-build consortium for Maryland’s $2-billion Purple Line light-rail system plans to…

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