As part of the ongoing work to improve Chicago Union Station, Amtrak, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago area transportation leaders from Metra and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) announced today a set of initiatives aimed at advancing the master plan to redevelop the station.
Today, Amtrak announced that it has obtained $275 million of insurance protection from Penn Union Re Ltd., an independent special purpose insurer based in Bermuda, which has issued catastrophe bonds to fund and collateralize this insurance.
Amtrak announced today passengers will be able to travel with their small pets from Boston to Lynchburg, Newport News and Norfolk, VA on the Northeast Regional service and between Boston and Brunswick, Maine on the Downeaster route.
Lorton, Sanford facilities offer convenient access
WASHINGTON – Amtrak continues to enhance the Auto Train stations in Lorton, Va., and Sanford, Fla., as part of its ongoing efforts to bring greater accessibility to its nationwide system.
Work on the level-boarding platform at the Lorton station was completed this year and provides safer and faster boarding and detraining for all customers including passengers with disabilities, or who use a wheeled mobility device, seniors and passengers with luggage and strollers. Work on the level-boarding platform at the Sanford, Fla., station is under way and is expected to be completed in early 2016.
Amtrak continues to enhance the Auto Train stations in Lorton, Va., and Sanford, Fla., as part of its ongoing efforts to bring greater accessibility to its nationwide system.
Bringing together rail traffic control dispatchers now separated by thousands of miles, improved operating practices by Amtrak and other railroads and funding for priority projects already identified in Northern Illinois and Indiana are top recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel appointed by Amtrak in response to massive “Chicago Gateway” delays to passenger and freight traffic.