Contemporary Dining Menu Evolves on Two Amtrak Routes

| July 12, 2018

Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited sleeping car customers now have a hot entree option

WASHINGTON – Contemporary and fresh dining choices for sleeping car customers on Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited trains include a hot entrée in addition to chilled meals, starting this week.

“Our plan to provide fresh food choices now includes a hot option, which is based on engaging our sleeping car customers on what they would like and with special training for our train crews,” said Bob Dorsch, Vice President of the Amtrak Long Distance Service Line. “This contemporary style of service has been well received by customers, with meals of their choice and at times they choose. These customers also enjoy having exclusive use of the dining cars.”

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Amtrak Rolls Out its Northeast Regional Flash Sale

| July 10, 2018

Every major city in the Northeast, at a major discount; book fares as low as $19

WASHINGTON – During Amtrak’s “Northeast Regional July Flash Sale,” beginning Tuesday, July 10 through Friday, July 13, customers can plan their end of summer and fall break trips, weekend getaways and family vacations anywhere along the Northeast Corridor (between Virginia Beach and Boston), for travel between Wednesday, August 1 through Friday, November 9, with no blackout dates.

Customers can relax and ride the rails to visit the most popular cities in the Northeast for their travel, whether it’s to catch a sporting event, join a family gathering, explore a new city, visit a historical site or to enjoy an outdoor adventure.

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Entire Amtrak Midwest Network Now Pet Friendly

| July 2, 2018

In time for travel this summer and back-to-school this fall, the complete five-state Amtrak MidwestSM network will welcome dogs and cats on trains. The Chicago-St. Louis corridor, served by Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle trains, is the final addition to the pet-friendly policy following substantial completion of the major track improvements on that route.

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Amtrak in Pursuit of New Equipment

| June 27, 2018

Proven equipment wanted to operate on routes east of the Mississippi

WASHINGTON – In a continued effort to modernize equipment and improve the experience for our customers, Amtrak is going to the marketplace to explore the availability of rail vehicles to eventually replace the current Amfleet I equipment.  This equipment includes single-level passenger cars used primarily on routes east of the Mississippi River such as the Northeast Regional, Keystone, Carolinian and Illinois Service Trains.

In a Request for Information (RFI) posted today, Amtrak is seeking information on all types of rail vehicles including coach cars, trainsets and self-propelled units that could replace the Amfleet I equipment. Based on a thorough examination and review of what vehicle manufacturers have to offer, Amtrak plans to develop and release a Request for Proposal for specific replacement vehicles in 2019.

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Amtrak Offers Buy One Get One Free Roomette Ticket Sale

| June 20, 2018

Cozy roomettes for two are now available for the price of one ticket

WASHINGTON – The benefits of traveling on Amtrak with a family companion or significant other has never been better as Amtrak’s latest sale, “Roomette for Two for the Price of One”, allows one person in a group of two to travel for free. This fare is available exclusively on Amtrak.com from Wednesday, June 20 through Tuesday, June 26 and valid for travel from Monday, August 20 to Friday, February 15, 2019.

Ideal for two passengers, Amtrak Roomettes offer comfortable seating by day, and at night, the chairs convert into a comfortable bed with a drop-down bed directly above. Both are complete with their own bed linens, pillows, temperature controls, lights and bed-side storage nooks. Meals are included in the price of the ticket as well as fresh linen and towel service, complimentary bottled water, and access to ClubAcela and Amtrak Metropolitan Lounges at select stations.

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Amtrak is the Best for Vets for 2018

| June 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Amtrak received recognition for its commitment to providing opportunities for America’s veterans with its inclusion in the top 100 Best for Vets Employers by Military Times.

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Amtrak Marks Positive Train Control Milestone

| June 12, 2018

Activation on BNSF subdivisions is Amtrak’s first host-owned territory implemented with PTC

WASHINGTON – Amtrak, in coordination with BNSF Railway, will implement Positive Train Control (PTC) over several BNSF-owned subdivisions this week, marking the first activation on host-owned territory used by Amtrak.

“Amtrak’s highest priority is ensuring the safety of our passengers, our crews and the communities we serve, and full implementation of PTC will make the entire network safer,” said Amtrak Executive Vice President of Safety Ken Hylander. “While we are excited to achieve this milestone, we must continue to work together to activate PTC and make the national railroad network safer.”

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Skip the hassle of driving and parking; Discover Maine with a new Downeaster Rail Pass

| June 7, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine – The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) which manages the Amtrak Downeaster passenger rail service, is introducing a rail pass to make it easier and more economical to discover Maine by train. The Discover Maine Rail Pass, launched this week, is valid for 10 one-way trips on the Amtrak Downeaster between any Maine station within a 7-day period for an introductory price of $19 per person. The pass is designed to encourage car-free travel within the state and highlight the popular Maine destinations served by the Downeaster.

“The Downeaster stops in so many great and walkable destinations like, Freeport, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, and Brunswick. And there’s a trolley from the Wells station to southern Maine beaches. This pass gives locals, as well as visitors spending multiple nights in the area, the flexibility to travel without the hassle and expense of driving and parking,” said Marketing Director, Natalie Bogart. Although the Pass is being promoted to tourists at hotels, B&B’s and campgrounds along the Downeaster corridor, it is available through all of Amtrak’s distribution channels including online, mobile app, station ticketing kiosks and call center.

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