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.
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.
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.
Amtrak is offering passengers a convenient way to travel to and from the 31st annual Barbecue Festival in Lexington, N.C., on Oct. 25. The Carolinian and Piedmont operating between Raleigh and Charlotte will make several stops in the morning and afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
Amtrak is improving service for Hoosier State passengers who travel between Indianapolis and Chicago with the addition of complimentary on-board Wi-Fi, light food and beverages and Business Class seating, Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman announced at a series of events on the route in Indiana today.