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Jason Abrams

Amtrak Announces its May Northeast Regional 3 Day Sale

By News, Sales and Deals, Travel

Fares as low as $39 between New York City and Washington, D.C.; Amtrak’s lowest offer since 2012

WASHINGTON – Get on board for your next exciting trip, as it’s time to travel for less, during Amtrak’s latest “Northeast Regional 3 Day Sale.” Starting Tuesday, May 8 through Thursday, May 10, customers can book their summer day trips, weekend getaways and longer vacations anywhere in the Northeast Corridor (between Virginia Beach and Boston), for travel from Tuesday, May 29 through Sunday, July 8, with no blackout dates. Exclusively available at Amtrak.com, the sale offers some of Amtrak’s lowest prices since 2012.

Customers can visit the most popular cities in the Northeast for their summer travel, whether it’s to catch a baseball game, explore a new city, experience a summer musical festival, have an outdoor biking or hiking adventure or take it easy and relax at a beach.

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Amtrak Now Serves Northwest Mississippi Region

By Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News, Travel

New station in Marks, Miss., on the historic City of New Orleans route

MARKS, Miss. – Effective this weekend, Amtrak City of New Orleans trains will stop daily at a new station in Marks, Miss., on the Chicago-New Orleans route made famous in a song by Steve Goodman and recorded by Arlo Guthrie and many others. Service in both directions is effective Saturday, May 5, with a ribbon-cutting event this Friday evening, May 4.

Marks (station code MKS) is about midway between current stops in Greenwood, Miss., and Memphis. Northbound, adult fares from Marks to Memphis start at $20, St. Louis via Carbondale, Ill., $81, and Chicago $87. Southbound, adult fares from Marks to Greenwood start at $20; Jackson, Miss., $27 and New Orleans $47. These fares are each way, with a 14-day advance purchase on Amtrak.com, our mobile apps or by calling 800-USA-RAIL.

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Amtrak Celebrates 47 Years, Looks to the Future

By Company News and Statements, News

Numerous customer improvements completed, more underway

WASHINGTON – Today, Amtrak celebrates 47 years of providing passenger rail service across the nation by looking ahead, continually improving the customer experience and making Amtrak the preferred choice of the 21st century for business and leisure travel.

“While we celebrate our history, we have a keen eye on the future and are making necessary changes to provide our customers with an unparalleled travel experience,” said Amtrak President & CEO Richard Anderson. “Many customers have already noticed these improvements, and can look forward to several more upgrades that are on the way.”

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Amtrak Announces National 3-Day Sale for Seniors

By News, Sales and Deals, Travel

Book now to save an additional 10 percent from standard senior discount

WASHINGTON – Amtrak has announced a special offer for customers who qualify for a senior rate (65 and older). With this offer, customers will save an additional 10 percent off their standard 10 percent discount fare that they receive throughout the year. Just in time to travel to their favorite destinations prior to the summer rush, the discount is valid for travel from Tuesday, May 1 to Wednesday, June 27 with no blackout dates. The sale runs exclusively on Amtrak.com for booking between Tuesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 19.

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Amtrak Announces Summer Infrastructure Renewal Work

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

Critical work to benefit New York State, improve reliability for LIRR, NJT and Amtrak customers

NEW YORK – Amtrak will continue its Infrastructure Renewal program at New York Penn Station during Summer 2018 by performing critical reconstruction of three major railroad infrastructure assets in New York City: The Empire Tunnel and the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, which provides train access between Upstate New York and New York Penn Station, as well as renewal work on Track 19 in New York Penn Station, which will help provide commuters with more reliable service. The total cost of the projects is estimated between $45 and $50 million, which will keep this important infrastructure in a state of good repair for Amtrak and benefit New York State with an upgraded, state-of-the art railroad.

Due to the work on the Empire Connection and Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Adirondack, and Maple Leaf trains will all be rerouted from New York Penn Station to Grand Central Terminal between Saturday, May 26, and Tuesday, Sept. 4. The Lake Shore Limited will only operate between Boston and Chicago, with New York City and Hudson Valley customers connecting from Empire Service trains at Albany-Rensselaer.

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Amtrak Unveils National Spring Sale Campaign

By Sales and Deals, Travel

Customers can save 33% on travel – the lowest fares of the season

WASHINGTON – Amtrak has announced its new, National Spring Sale campaign, encouraging travelers to take a trip to their favorite destination prior to the summer rush, by offering discounted travel from Sunday, April 15 to Thursday, June 21 with no blackout dates. The sale runs exclusively on Amtrak.com from Monday, March 26 through Thursday, March 29, and presents the lowest fares of the season. Fares are 33 percent off a typical fare, and requires no promotional code to purchase.

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Statement from Amtrak President & CEO Richard Anderson on FY2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

By Commuter and State Partners, Company News and Statements, News

WASHINGTON – “Amtrak applauds Congress for providing increased funding for intercity passenger rail, including grants to Amtrak, in the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.  Amtrak thanks Congress for recognizing the importance of intercity passenger rail and the Northeast Corridor (NEC).  The increased NEC capital funding will allow us to address many important needs along the Corridor and we look forward to working closely with the Department of Transportation on investing these funds to advance the most critical projects.”

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Amtrak Names Ken Hylander Chief Safety Officer

By Company News and Statements, News, Safety

Experienced safety leader to implement safety management system

WASHINGTON– Amtrak has named Ken Hylander Executive Vice President and Chief Safety Officer. Hylander most recently served as Chairman of the Flight Safety Foundation and previously served as the Chief Safety Officer at Delta Air Lines. He will report directly to President and CEO Richard Anderson and be responsible for implementing a proven Safety Management System (SMS) at Amtrak.

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Amtrak Begins Next Phase of Infrastructure Renewal at New York Penn Station

By Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News

NEW YORK – Amtrak’s next series of track renewal projects in New York Penn Station, as part of the Infrastructure Renewal program, will begin on Friday, Jan. 5, with revised scheduled train operations commencing on Monday, Jan. 8.

The bulk of the infrastructure renewal work for 2018 is occurring on weekends, as the project scope has not changed since November’s initial announcement. It is still expected to conclude on May 28, 2018, with minor modifications to Amtrak and commuter train weekday operations at New York Penn Station.

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