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Jason Abrams

Statement from Amtrak President Stephen Gardner on the House’s Passage of Build Back Better Act

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We applaud the House’s passage of high-speed rail funding in the Build Back Better Act as part of a comprehensive strategy for reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector. Amtrak’s high-speed Acela service demonstrates the benefits that fast and frequent trains bring to a region, including enhanced mobility, economic growth, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.  We stand ready to aggressively pursue this funding to substantially expand the sections of the Northeast Corridor where our successful Acela service can perform at sustained high-speed and to partner with states and the private sector to launch new high-speed rail services in appropriate markets across the country.

Amtrak Partners with NYC & Company to Drive Train Travel to New York City from the Northeast Corridor

By Company News and Statements, Customer Amenities, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News

NEW YORK – Amtrak announced today that it is partnering with NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization and convention and visitors bureau for the five boroughs of New York City, to promote train travel to New York City via the Moynihan Train Hall. NYC & Company and Amtrak will use programmatic advertising, social media, out of home, radio, influencers, and other digital assets to promote the ease, comfort and convenience of traveling by Amtrak to New York City from the other major cities in the Northeast Corridor. The campaign reinforces Amtrak’s national brand message that its Acela and Northeast Regional service is the easiest way to get to New York – Just an Amtrak Away. 

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Amtrak Statements on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act House Passage

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Amtrak Board Chair Tony Coscia:

The passage of this bipartisan infrastructure bill provides historic levels of investment for intercity passenger rail in this country and the start of a whole new era for improved and expanded Amtrak service. We are grateful to President Biden and Congress for their belief in Amtrak and the power of passenger rail to help tackle the climate crisis, create economic opportunity and good-paying jobs, and expand mobility for our nation. We look forward to working with Secretary Buttigieg, our state, commuter and host railroad partners, and communities across America to rebuild and improve the Northeast Corridor and launch the next generation of Amtrak service in cities and towns across America.”

Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn:

Passenger rail offers the transportation solutions this country needs, and Amtrak is ready to make it happen. This bill will allow Amtrak to advance significant infrastructure and major station projects on the NEC, purchase new passenger rail equipment and develop new rail corridors, bringing passenger rail to more people across the nation. As demonstrated by their commitment to rail in this bill, President Biden and Congress believe in the future of rail and Amtrak and we will move quickly to advance these projects.”

Amtrak Debuts New Ticket Kiosks with National Rollout

By Customer Amenities, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News

Amtrak announced today that it is introducing over 200 new kiosks in more than 150 stations across the country for an improved customer experience. Amtrak’s new kiosks will feature an updated user interface consistent with other Amtrak digital channels that allows for a minimum touch experience for the most common in-station transactions. The Amtrak kiosks will begin with a Northeast rollout, starting in Washington Union Station, the Joseph R. Biden Jr. Railroad Station in Wilmington, DE and Moynihan Train Hall in New York City, and continue through the Midwest and into California throughout Autumn 2021. 

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A message from Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn

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We are in mourning today for the people who lost their lives due to the derailment of the Empire Builder train Saturday, near Joplin, Montana, on the BNSF Railway, as well as the many others who were injured.  We have no words that can adequately express our sorrow for those who lost a loved one or who were hurt in this horrible event.  They are in our thoughts and prayers.

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Amtrak Returns Train Service to the Great New York State Fair

By Commuter and State Partners, Customer Amenities, News, Sales and Deals, Services and Schedules, Travel

NEW YORK – Amtrak has continued its partnership with the Great New York State Fair as delicious food, eye-opening exhibits, captivating entertainment and fun games are just an Amtrak away. Between Friday, Aug. 20 and Monday, Sept. 6, Amtrak is resuming direct train service for customers travel to and from the Empire State’s largest annual event. In addition to health and safety measures onboard and in stations, including a mask requirement for passengers and employees, customers can experience a safe, convenient, cost-effective, and more comfortable way to travel to the Fair.

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We’re Honored You Trust Us on Your Journey

By Commuter and State Partners, Company News and Statements, News, Safety, Services and Schedules, Travel

WASHINGTON – Amtrak is setting a new standard of travel with enhanced safety and cleaning measures. With its medical director, public health and safety team and partnership with the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, we have studied, analyzed and made improvements to the Amtrak travel experience – from beginning to end – for the safety and health of our people and travelers. In an effort to simplify and safeguard the travel experience, several cleaning, contact-free and convenience measures have been implemented into every part of the customer journey — from time of booking to the moment of arrival.

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Statement from Amtrak Board Chair Tony Coscia on Infrastructure Bill Senate Passage

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“The Senate’s passage of the Infrastructure Bill represents more than just this country’s greatest level of investment in Amtrak and infrastructure in the past 50 years. It also highlights America’s commitment to updating the rail network and improving the passenger experience for years to come.

Amtrak is ready to rebuild core infrastructure, replace equipment and, with the FRA and state partners, bring more Amtrak service to more people across the nation, creating thousands of new jobs and reducing America’s carbon footprint.

Separately, Congress needs to ensure that Amtrak gets the on-time performance and preference from our host railroads that the law requires so we can achieve the growth in reliable service that our nation needs,” said Amtrak Board Chair Tony Coscia.

Statement from Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn on the passing of Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President

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“We are saddened to hear about the passing of Richard Trumka, whose leadership, advocacy and commitment to workplace safety and worker’s rights was unparalleled. Richard was a fierce advocate for Amtrak and our employees. Our thoughts are with Richard’s family and friends and the many AFL-CIO colleagues and members during this difficult time.”

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