Amtrak Debuts First-Ever #AmtrakLIVE Train

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  • February 24, 2014

Christina Leeds

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Tech leaders will live tweet and blog on long-distance train to interactive conference

WASHINGTON – More than 30 digital leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs will participate in #AmtrakLIVE, an inspiring train journey on the Texas Eagle from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas, March 5 – 7, 2014.

“AmtrakLIVE will have amazing scenery, engaging collaboration and the opportunity to explore and be inspired – it’s all part of the Amtrak long-distance experience,” said Amtrak Director of Social Media Julia Quinn. “Amtrak provides customers a one-of-a-kind experience, making train travel the perfect choice for like-minded communities to explore the country together. AmtrakLIVE is all about creativity.”

The #AmtrakLIVE onboard participants will be a diverse mix of adventurous thought leaders including: BJ Mendelson, author and viral marketer; Benni Leigh, Head of Lifestyle at Makers Studio; and Sarah Austin of Pop17.

The selected social media influencers will collaborate and share the scenic views of the Southwest from a reserved observation car on the Texas Eagle. Participants will provide updates from the #AmtrakLIVE adventure on Twitter and Instagram via #AmtrakLIVE. Fans and followers can also interact with the travelers by using the special hashtag. The program builds off of the company’s recent viral #AmtrakResidency campaign for writers and its history of providing group travel experiences for people ranging from extreme skiers to adventurous families. Additional details on the #AmtrakResidency program will be provided in a formal announcement later this week.

The Texas Eagle is one of 15 long-distance trains and part of a national network that provides service to small towns and big cities across America. In addition to providing mobility and connectivity, Amtrak provides economic opportunities, helping communities across America to grow and prosper.

For more information on Amtrak and the #AmtrakLIVE experience, visit blog.amtrak.com.

About Amtrak®

Amtrak is America’s Railroad®, the nation’s intercity passenger rail service and its high-speed rail operator. Amtrak and its state and commuter partners move people, the economy and the nation forward. Formally known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak is governed by a nine member board of directors appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Anthony R. Coscia is board chairman and Jeffrey R. Moreland is vice chairman. In FY 2014, nearly 31 million passengers traveled on Amtrak on more than 300 daily trains – at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) – that connect 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Enjoy the journey® at Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and more information. Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter (@Amtrak) and check out our blog at blog.amtrak.com.

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