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Amtrak: Delivering a New Standard of Travel

By | Commuter and State Partners, Company News and Statements, News, Safety, Services and Schedules, Travel | August 11, 2020

WASHINGTON – Amtrak is leading the way by setting a new standard of travel with enhanced safety and cleaning measures. 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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Updates to Amtrak Service

By | Commuter and State Partners, Company News and Statements, News, Safety, Services and Schedules, Travel | August 10, 2020

At this time, various states are undertaking specific safety precautions at stations for customers arriving from out of state. Check with each state for specific guidance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential travel for 14 days.

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Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT Open First Phase of the Refreshed Ticketed Waiting Area at New York Penn Station

By | Commuter and State Partners, Customer Amenities, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News | July 24, 2020

NEW YORK – Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT have completed the first phase of the Ticketed Waiting Area refresh at New York Penn Station and opened the space for customers today 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 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.

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Statement from Amtrak Senior Executive Vice President Stephen Gardner on Portal Bridge

By | Commuter and State Partners, Company News and Statements, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News | June 19, 2020

“Replacing the century-old moveable Portal Bridge will eliminate delays and permit faster journeys for passengers on the Northeast Corridor. We deeply appreciate the strong partnership with NJ TRANSIT, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Transit Administration on this critical project and thank Senators Schumer, Menendez, and Booker and the entire Congressional delegation of both states, Governors Murphy and Cuomo and all the elected leadership in both New Jersey and New York for their continued support and advocacy for finally fixing this critical single-point of failure on the nation’s busiest railroad.”

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Amtrak Downeaster Resumes Limited Service June 15 Enters Phase 1 Service Restoration Plan

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Services and Schedules, Travel | June 10, 2020

PORTLAND, MAINE – The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) announced yesterday that the Amtrak Downeaster will begin Phase 1 of Service Restoration beginning June 15, 2020. Service will resume with one round trip on weekdays only between Brunswick, ME and Boston, MA: southbound Train 680 and northbound Train 685. Downeaster service has been suspended since April 13, 2020.

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Amtrak Receives $63 Million in Grants from the FRA for Critical Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Improvements

By | Commuter and State Partners, Company News and Statements, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News | May 27, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has awarded two Northeast Corridor (NEC) grants to Amtrak as part of its $302.6 million in the State of Good Repair grants to help repair and rehabilitate railroad infrastructure and other assets across the country for 12 projects in nine states. Totaling more than $63 million, the two grants will help fund the Portal North Bridge Project and the Winans to Bridge Improvement project.

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