Monthly Archives

October 2014

Amtrak Establishes Blue Ribbon Panel to Address Chicago Rail Gridlock

| October 28, 2014

Amtrak is establishing a blue ribbon panel of rail and transportation leaders to identify infrastructure and operational improvements to address the rail traffic gridlock in Chicago. The unprecedented level of rail congestion is causing major delays for Amtrak passengers and freight shipments which are damaging to the U.S. economy.

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Amtrak Ridership and Revenues Continue Strong Growth in FY 2014

| October 27, 2014

Amtrak posted record ticket revenues for its Fiscal Year 2014 ending Sept. 30, and achieved an increase in ridership over the prior fiscal year, reflecting strong continued demand for passenger rail. However, meeting future growth in passenger demand requires investing in the infrastructure that supports intercity passenger rail and resolving unacceptable congestion delays caused by freight railroads that own the tracks.

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New Locomotives Herald New Era for Keystone Service

| October 20, 2014

Passengers on today’s Train 605 from Philadelphia to Harrisburg were aboard the first Keystone Service train in revenue operation to be powered by the modern and reliable Amtrak Cities Sprinter (ACS-64) electric locomotive.

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Amtrak Family Four Pack Offer

| October 20, 2014

SEATTLE – Amtrak is offering a family travel promotion that features tickets and travel to Pacific Northwest performances of the fun-filled show Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt.

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Ride North Carolina’s Amtrak to the State Fair

| October 10, 2014

Amtrak is the most convenient way to travel to this year’s North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. Beginning Oct. 17 and continuing through Oct. 26, the Carolinian (Trains 79/80) will make a special stop twice a day near the fairgrounds entrance.

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Amtrak “Autumn Express” Train Returns

| October 8, 2014

Due to popular demand, the Amtrak Autumn Express is back and will operate on Saturday and Sunday, November 8 and 9, 2014. See fall scenery on a rare trip and travel through small towns and historic tunnels along a route that has not seen regular passenger service in decades.

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Detour Change for Amtrak Empire Builder

| October 7, 2014

Amtrak has reversed the direction of the temporary detour of Empire Builder trains in North Dakota due to progress being made by BNSF to add track capacity. The eastbound Empire Builder (Trains 8/28) is now operating over the detour route.

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New Engineering Report Details Needed Work to Fix Amtrak N.Y. Tunnels

| October 2, 2014

A new engineering report details damage to the Amtrak-owned Hudson River and East River tunnels following Superstorm Sandy and recommends a phased process to take individual tubes out of service for extended periods to perform the work required to maintain reliability of train movements in and out of New York City.

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