The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner® will add railcars to each of its 10 daily trains serving Santa Barbara County, providing more than 2,000 additional seats to help accommodate increased travel demand due to the continued closure of Highway 101 following devastating landslides near Montecito.
Experienced safety leader to implement safety management system
WASHINGTON– Amtrak has named Ken Hylander Executive Vice President and Chief Safety Officer. Hylander most recently served as Chairman of the Flight Safety Foundation and previously served as the Chief Safety Officer at Delta Air Lines. He will report directly to President and CEO Richard Anderson and be responsible for implementing a proven Safety Management System (SMS) at Amtrak.
NEW YORK – Amtrak’s next series of track renewal projects in New York Penn Station, as part of the Infrastructure Renewal program, will begin on Friday, Jan. 5, with revised scheduled train operations commencing on Monday, Jan. 8.
The bulk of the infrastructure renewal work for 2018 is occurring on weekends, as the project scope has not changed since November’s initial announcement. It is still expected to conclude on May 28, 2018, with minor modifications to Amtrak and commuter train weekday operations at New York Penn Station.
WASHINGTON – “The installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) on the required routes nationwide will make our whole railroad network safer. Amtrak has been a committed PTC leader – prioritizing, completing and activating installation across the parts of the network that we control even as others in the industry have opposed the PTC mandate and worked to delay it.
“It is imperative that the rail industry urgently work together to get PTC activated on the national network as soon as possible – and certainly by the December 2018 federal deadline, if not before.”
Amtrak will host a media conference call on Monday, Dec. 18 at 12:15 p.m. PT with Richard Anderson, Amtrak President and co-Chief Executive Officer to discuss the incident with Amtrak Cascades Train 501, operating from Seattle and Portland, which was derailed south of Tacoma, Washington. On the call, Anderson will give a brief overview on the incident. You may join the conference five minutes prior to its start.
Financial negotiations and project scoping underway
BALTIMORE – Amtrak has selected Penn Station Partners, a Baltimore-based team with global expertise, to negotiate a master development deal for Baltimore Penn Station and neighboring Amtrak-owned properties. The team is comprised of Beatty Development Group, Armada Hoffler Properties, Cross Street Partners, Gensler, WSP USA, Network Rail Consulting and Mace Group among others.
WASHINGTON – Effective Dec. 31, Wick Moorman will step down from the co-CEO position and assume the role of senior advisor, starting Jan. 1, 2018.
“The Board is grateful for Wick’s significant contributions since he joined the company, and we are pleased that he is continuing to serve as a senior advisor,” said Tony Coscia, Chair of the Amtrak Board of Directors.
Available for iOS and Android, app will share real-time boarding information, streamlining commuter transit
NEW YORK – Amtrak today announced that it launched FindYourWay, a real-time customer information beacon technology-enabled app, for exclusive use inside New York Penn Station. The app provides real-time gate, train, and boarding information for Amtrak customers and also helps direct passengers throughout the station to find gates, exits, ATMs, and restaurants. FindYourWay is currently available for free download on both iOS and Android operating systems.