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Jason Abrams

Amtrak Statement by Board Chairman Tony Coscia on the Nomination of Amit Bose as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration

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“Amit Bose will be a great addition to the Federal Railroad Administration. His extensive experience in transportation policy, law and management will be an asset to the Biden Administration. Mr. Bose understands the importance of investing in infrastructure to support economic recovery and keeping America’s railroad system reliable and safe. We look forward to working with Secretary designee Pete Buttigieg, Deputy Secretary designee Polly Trottenberg and Mr. Bose to improve and expand passenger rail service across the country.”

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Amtrak Statement by Board Chairman Tony Coscia on the Nomination of Polly Trottenberg as Deputy Secretary of Transportation

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“Polly Trottenberg will be a great addition to the U.S. Department of Transportation. With decades of transportation experience, Ms. Trottenberg understands the importance of investing in transportation to expand mobility, reduce carbon emissions and support economic recovery. As we enter our 50th year of service, we look forward to working with President-elect Joe Biden, Transportation Secretary designee Pete Buttigieg and Deputy Secretary Polly Trottenberg to launch a new era of passenger rail expansion and improvement across the nation, connecting more people by train.”

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Special Inauguration Service Alert

By Company News and Statements, News, Safety, Services and Schedules, Travel

Due to the Presidential Inauguration, special pedestrian and vehicle traffic patterns around Washington Union Station are in place and will require extra time to get to the station. Additionally, once arriving to the station, there is no access to taxi or ride share services and Metro is operating adjusted service, including no service at Union Station. The Metro station at NOMA/Gallaudet, a short walk from Union Station, will remain open. Please follow the instructions of station personnel and law enforcement for exiting and entering the station.

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Statement from Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn

By Company News and Statements, News, Safety

“There is nothing more important than the safety of our employees. Since the start of the pandemic, our dedicated frontline employees have kept our trains running, providing a vital transportation service to essential workers. We join our labor partners in continuing to call upon Congress and the Administration to make assaults against rail workers a Federal crime, as it is for aviation workers, and to expand the TSA’s “No Fly List” to rail passenger service.

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Amtrak Expands its Presence in New York City with the Addition of the Moynihan Train Hall

By Commuter and State Partners, Customer Amenities, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News, Travel

NEW YORK – As part of its 50th anniversary, Amtrak, in partnership with Empire State Development (State of New York), has expanded its footprint in New York City with the opening of Moynihan Train Hall, located inside the Farley Post Office building, between 31st and 33rd Street directly across 8th Avenue from New York Penn Station. The new station, combined with recent improvements to New York Penn Station, will relieve crowding, improve passenger comfort and security, and offer an enhanced facility that will better serve Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) and long-distance travelers, and commuter rail passengers.

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Amtrak Statement by Board Chair Tony Coscia on the Opening of Moynihan Train Hall

By Commuter and State Partners, Company News and Statements, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News

“Amtrak’s Moynihan Train Hall will deliver the world-class rail travel experience our customers deserve when traveling to and from this incredible city. The beautiful vistas, modern design, new amenities and enhanced accessibility features showcase the kinds of improvements Amtrak is undertaking across our network. Amtrak dreamed up this plan 35 years ago and we deeply thank the Governor, Senator Schumer and the New York Congressional delegation, and all out partners for helping to make it a reality.”

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Amtrak Fiscal Year 2020: Prioritized Customer Safety, Advanced Infrastructure and Fast-Tracked Technology

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WASHINGTON – Amtrak has worked steadily over the past fiscal year to prioritize customer safety, advance infrastructure and fast-track technology improvements even as the ongoing pandemic caused a devastating drop in ridership and revenue. Amtrak quickly pivoted to handle this unprecedented challenge and ensure customers and employees remained healthy, while also continuing to focus on improving intercity passenger rail for the future.

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Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT Complete the Refresh of the Ticketed Waiting Area at New York Penn Station

By Commuter and State Partners, Customer Amenities, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News, Safety

NEW YORK – Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT have completed the second and final phase of the Ticketed Waiting Area refresh at New York Penn Station at the Amtrak Concourse on the Upper Level and 8th Avenue side of the Station. The project, which includes a $7.2 million total joint investment between Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT, features new furniture and fixtures, including seats with electrical and USB outlets to charge devices, an upgraded ceiling complete with new LED lighting, a new information desk and a second entrance in close proximity to the NJ TRANSIT concourse, offering easy access towards the 7th Avenue side of the Station, two PIDS (Passenger Information Display Systems) boards that will display NJ TRANSIT departure information, and a lactation suite for nursing mothers. Amtrak undertook the first steps to refresh the Ticketed Waiting Area in 2019 when it opened a Starbucks coffee bar in the space to provide customers with the opportunity to purchase refreshments and removed the exterior information booth to improve customer flow.

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Amtrak, Town of Brattleboro, State of Vermont and VTRANS Announce Feasibility Study for New Brattleboro Station

By Commuter and State Partners, Customer Amenities, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News

BRATTLEBORO, VT – Amtrak today announced it is in discussions with the Town of Brattleboro, NECR Railroad and the State of Vermont on its proposal for a new, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant Brattleboro Station, including a new station building, platform and track changes. The new station will feature the first level boarding platform in Vermont. Measuring approximately 48 inches above track, the proposed platform will allow customers to move on or off a train without having to step up or down. Additional ADA-compliant amenities include parking, ramps and steps up to the platform level, lights, signage, a new waiting room with an attached restroom and covered outdoor seating.

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Amtrak Continues to Enhance the Travel Experience at New York Penn Station with New Safety Features and Amenities

By Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News, Safety

NEW YORK – As Amtrak continues to deliver a New Standard of Travel to simplify and safeguard the travel experience, customers and employees will experience new updates at New York Penn Station. This includes the installation of an Ultraviolet Germicidal irradiation (UVGI) system in one of the Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) units in the Amtrak concourse, refreshed platforms and new wayfinding signage in advance of the January opening of the Moynihan Train Hall.

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