Amtrak is the Official Travel Sponsor of the Richmond Folk Festival, an event that celebrates the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, crafts, storytelling and food. The festival will unfold Oct. 10-12 at downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront.
Amtrak has selected 24 members of the literary community as the first group of writers to participate in the #AmtrakResidency program. Over the next year, they will work on the writing projects of their choice in the unique workspace of a long-distance train.
Amtrak will continue to temporarily detour the westbound Empire Builder (Train 7/27) in North Dakota due to ongoing BNSF Railway construction work. Chartered buses cover the missed Amtrak stations in Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby.
North Carolina’s Amtrak and the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) are teaming up to offer music fans a chance to travel on America’s Railroad® to the annual Wide Open Blue Grass Festival in Raleigh, N.C., being held Sept. 30 to Oct. 4. The event is at the Raleigh Convention Center, which is within walking distance from the Amtrak Raleigh station.
To assist communities looking for ways to build, improve, redevelop or restore train stations and meet the growing demand for passenger rail service, Amtrak today is hosting its 11th Great American Stations event to share its expertise and experience with local leaders in the Mid-South.
September is Rail Safety Month and Amtrak California and Caltrans are asking Californians to always practice safety when crossing train tracks. A giant rail safety pledge banner will make its way across the state throughout the month of September collecting pledges and signatures including those of local mayors and family members of those who have been killed in rail-related incidents.
Train travel is an even better option this fall for Amtrak Guest Rewards® members who can earn more points towards free travel and other rewards with the “Double Days” promotion.
In support of passengers, state partners and its own business operations, Amtrak is taking action to improve the on-time performance (OTP) of its trains that operate over tracks controlled by other railroads. Under federal law, Amtrak has a statutory right to preference in the dispatching of intercity passenger trains before freight trains.