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Jason Abrams

Essential Service Plan: Updates to Service

By | Commuter and State Partners, Company News and Statements, News, Safety, Services and Schedules, Travel April 6, 2020

While Amtrak continues to operate across the nation, we have adjusted some services due to significantly reduced demand in key markets. To learn about what scheduled services continue to operate, go to Amtrak.com, and on the home page, select “Book Tickets” and then enter your trip origin and destination in the “From” and “To” fields and your date of travel in the “Depart” field and then click on “Find Trains.”

Impacted services are as follows:

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Joint Statement by NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett and Amtrak Chief Operating & Commercial Officer Stephen Gardner on Replacement of Sawtooth Bridges

By | Commuter and State Partners, Company News and Statements, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News March 5, 2020

“Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT applaud Secretary Chao, FRA Administrator Batory and the U.S. Department of Transportation for publishing the Environmental Assessment for replacement of the Sawtooth Bridges.

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Amtrak Names William Flynn as CEO and President

By | News March 2, 2020

WASHINGTON – Amtrak announced that it has named William J. Flynn as its next Chief Executive Officer and President. Flynn, a seasoned business leader with four decades of transportation and logistics experience, will begin his role on April 15, 2020. Flynn succeeds Richard Anderson, who joined Amtrak as CEO in July 2017. Anderson, who fulfills his three-year commitment to the company this year, will remain with Amtrak through the end of the year as a senior advisor to Flynn.

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Amtrak Marks Major Milestone by Beginning High-Speed Testing of the First Trainset for its New Acela Fleet

By | Company News and Statements, Customer Amenities, News, Safety, Travel February 13, 2020

WASHINGTON – The first of Amtrak’s 28 new Acela trainsets, scheduled to enter service throughout the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in 2021, will be leaving from Alstom’s facility in Hornell, N.Y. on Monday, Feb, 17 for high-speed testing at the Transportation Technology Center near Pueblo, Colo. Nine months of dynamic testing will include the trainset’s pantograph, railway dynamics, tilting, traction, slip/slide and wayside protection, brakes, and train control management systems. Once complete, the trainset will return to Alstom for installation of its interiors.

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Amtrak Offers Additional Service in Mystic, CT and Westerly, RI with New, Modified Schedules

By | Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News, Services and Schedules, Travel February 12, 2020

NEW YORK – Amtrak continues to prioritize upgrading the customer experience as travelers along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) will now benefit from increased weekday service on Northeast Regional trains at popular stations in Mystic, CT and Westerly, RI to receive more access to the region’s major markets. The new schedule, which largely alternates trains at these stations to provide more meaningful service, will go into effect beginning Monday, March 16.

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Amtrak Statement Regarding A Fee for Groups Wanting to Reconfigure Railcars

By | Company News and Statements, News, Travel January 22, 2020

“After further review, Amtrak has determined to suspend the policy in question.  It was never meant to be applied to this situation and we apologize for that mistake.  We are glad it has all worked out and we were able to accommodate our customers’ trip.  We will do better next time.  We are America’s Railroad and we want to provide more trips, not fewer.”

Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT Announce Work to Refresh Ticketed Waiting Area at New York Penn Station

By | Commuter and State Partners, Customer Amenities, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News January 7, 2020

NEW YORK – Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT today began their refresh of the Ticketed Waiting Area at New York Penn Station, the seating area for their customers at the Amtrak Concourse on the Upper Level and 8th Avenue side of the Station. As part of the refresh, customers can expect new furniture and fixtures, including communal tables and seats with electrical and USB outlets to charge devices, an upgraded ceiling complete with new LED lighting, a family area that will also feature a nursing mothers’ pod, the removal of the midpoint barrier, a new information desk and a second entrance offering easy access towards the 7th Avenue side of the Station.

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Statement from Anthony Coscia, Chairman of the Amtrak Board of Directors, on Governor Cuomo’s Empire Station District Plan

By | Commuter and State Partners, Company News and Statements, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News January 6, 2020

“Amtrak’s Penn Station is the nation’s busiest transportation facility, the central hub of the Northeast Corridor, and an economic driver for the entire nation. After decades of LIRR, NJ Transit, and Amtrak service growth, the station’s tracks and platforms are now full for much of the day, limiting all three railroads’ ability to add trains in the future.

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Amtrak Continues Infrastructure Renewal Program at New York Penn Station in Early 2020

By | Commuter and State Partners, Company News and Statements, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News, Services and Schedules December 20, 2019

NEW YORK – Amtrak is continuing its Infrastructure Renewal Program at New York Penn Station throughout Winter 2020 as part of its ongoing maintenance program to improve the Station’s infrastructure operations performance and reliability. Unlike previous years, this round of renewal work will not require any reductions or modifications in service for Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT trains or impact customers. Long Island Rail Road trains will have minimal schedule modifications, however, as a result of this work.

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