Amtrak Board of Directors today appointed Kevin Winters as the new Amtrak inspector general, effective immediately. He succeeds Tom Howard, who will retire after four decades of experience in senior federal accountability positions.
Amtrak has released a Request for Proposals today, for a new fleet of single-level passenger rail vehicles to replace Amfleet I cars, providing new equipment with contemporary rail amenities to better serve Amtrak customers. Amfleet I cars are used primarily on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) and adjacent State Corridor routes, including Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Maple Leaf, Adirondack, Vermonter, Downeaster, Carolinian, Pennsylvanian, Keystone Service, Virginia Service and New Haven/Springfield Service.
Book now to save 30 percent for nationwide travel
WASHINGTON – With school back in session at colleges across the country, customers who are between 17-24 years of age and traveling with a valid student ID can save 30 percent off their Amtrak travel on most trains throughout the country. The sale is valid for travel from Monday, Oct. 1 to Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, with no blackout dates.
Every major city in the Northeast, at a major discount; book fares as low as $19
WASHINGTON – During Amtrak’s “Northeast Regional July Flash Sale,” beginning Tuesday, July 10 through Friday, July 13, customers can plan their end of summer and fall break trips, weekend getaways and family vacations anywhere along the Northeast Corridor (between Virginia Beach and Boston), for travel between Wednesday, August 1 through Friday, November 9, with no blackout dates.
Customers can relax and ride the rails to visit the most popular cities in the Northeast for their travel, whether it’s to catch a sporting event, join a family gathering, explore a new city, visit a historical site or to enjoy an outdoor adventure.
WASHINGTON – Beginning June 13, Amtrak customers traveling onboard Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains can now choose from a new contemporary Corridor Café Menu, featuring fresh new premium products from Boar’s Head Brand as well as a wide variety of high quality snacks, drinks and sundries.
WASHINGTON – Amtrak is proud to introduce lactation suites to accommodate nursing mothers at five major train stations, four of which will be installed in time for summer travel season, located at Amtrak stations in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and Chicago.
Issues RFQ Seeking Developer Partner
PHILADELPHIA – As part of its ongoing work to enhance the customer experience at Philadelphia 30th Street Station, Amtrak announced today it is seeking a master developer partner to update the historic station. With the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), Amtrak begins a two-phase process that will result in the selection of a preferred developer who will assist in: introducing new customer amenities, reinvigorating the retail and commercial potential of the station, enhancing transit and pedestrian circulation and expanding the station’s concourses to accommodate anticipated increases in ridership.
America’s Railroad Makes Strides to Modernize Customer Experience, Reduce Fuel and Energy Use, and Improve Safety and Security
Amtrak is now accepting Diners Club International, JCB and UnionPay credit cards as payment options for Amtrak travelers.
The credit cards, which are part of the Discover Global Network, are accepted through Amtrak’s multiple payment channels including Amtrak.com, Amtrak mobile apps, Quick-Trak kiosks, staffed stations (where available) and by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.
The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) has awarded Amtrak a new five-year contract to continue providing train operations services for the MARC Penn Line commuter trains operating between Washington, D.C., and Perryville, Md.