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Amtrak Adding Second Daily Roundtrip Train to Norfolk

By | Commuter and State Partners | January 18, 2019

WASHINGTON – Customers can soon take advantage of more opportunities to travel by train as Amtrak increases daily service between Norfolk, Va., and Boston. Beginning in March, customers in the waterfront city and surrounding areas will be able to choose from two daily departures of the Amtrak Northeast Regional when planning travel to the Northeast.

Amtrak provides a same-seat trip to and from Norfolk, and makes intermediate stops in Richmond, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and other cities along the Northeast Corridor. The Norfolk station is also a stop for the Thruway bus connection for service to the Amtrak station in Newport News.

Amtrak and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) partner to provide intercity passenger rail service throughout the Commonwealth. Amtrak service returned to Norfolk in 2012, and in Roanoke in 2017.

“Amtrak service is a vital alternative in the Commonwealth’s overall transportation solution,” said Joe McHugh, Vice President, State-Supported Business Development for Amtrak. “DRPT and other partners work together to meet the increasing demand for passenger rail service and provide additional capacity.”

Customers experience a comfortable and enjoyable way to travel on a national network serving more than 500 destinations, and benefits such as a free and generous baggage policy, free Wi-Fi, no middle seat and an easy, streamlined boarding process.

The Amtrak Northeast Regional features Coach and Business Class offering outlets for mobile devices. The Café Car offers sandwiches, salads, snacks and hot and cold beverages, including a variety of wine, beer and soda.

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Amtrak San Joaquins Changes Schedule to Better Accommodate Passengers

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Services and Schedules | December 17, 2018

STOCKTON, Calif. – On December 17, 2018, Amtrak® San JoaquinsSM will be adjusting its schedule to better accommodate weekend leisure travelers on San Joaquins trains 718 and 1701. San Joaquins train 718 will now operate full corridor to Bakersfield on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays. Additionally, San Joaquins train 1701 will operate on a later, full corridor schedule from Bakersfield providing an afternoon arrival into Sacramento.

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Amtrak Returns for Third Year with “Track Friday Sale”

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Sales and Deals, Travel | November 23, 2018

30 percent discounts available nationwide through Cyber Monday

WASHINGTON – This year, there’s no better gift than the gift of train travel as Amtrak has announced its third “Track Friday Sale,” offering customers a Black Friday sale for travel on most Amtrak routes throughout the country. Giving customers the gift of an experience and memories that can be kept for a lifetime, the Amtrak “Track Friday Sale” follows the success of last year’s promotion.

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Amtrak Sets Revenue and Earnings Records Delivers Best Operating Performance in Company History

By | Commuter and State Partners, Company News and Statements, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News | November 16, 2018

WASHINGTON – Continuing financial improvements in recent years, Amtrak again posted record revenue and earnings for its fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, 2018. Strong management and improved product delivery and customer service led the company to its best operating performance in company history, despite challenges during the year. Preliminary results for Fiscal Year 2018 are:

Operating Earnings[1]: ($168.0 million) – best Amtrak operating performance to date, improved 13.3 percent over FY 2017 total of $193.7 million
Ridership: 31.7 million customer trips –steady year-over-year, with growth offset by reductions due to service disruptions
Total Revenue1: $3.38b illion – increased 2.2 percent over FY 2017
Capital Investment1, [2]: $1.46 billion – the highest level of capital investment in recent Amtrak history

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Amtrak Offers 20 Percent Savings in Honor of Veterans Day

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Sales and Deals, Travel | November 9, 2018

Veterans and active military can book now to save 20 percent for travel nationwide

WASHINGTON – In honor of our nation’s Military Veterans, Amtrak is offering 20 percent off travel to veteran and active military officers. Between Friday, November 9 and Tuesday, November 13, all veterans and active military personnel can purchase discounted tickets on Amtrak.com. The sale is valid for travel between November 27 and May 31, 2019. For savings, use promo code “V111” and select passenger type “F” when purchasing. There are no blackout dates.

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Amtrak Updates New York Penn Station FindYourWay App for Long Island Railroad and NJ TRANSIT Customers

By | Commuter and State Partners, Customer Amenities, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News | November 8, 2018

Provides real-time navigation and train and station information, streamlining commuter transit

NEW YORK – Amtrak has upgraded FindYourWay, its free, real-time customer information app for exclusive use inside New York Penn Station on iOS and Android. In addition to helping passengers find gates, exits, ATMs, and restaurants throughout the station and providing wayfinding functionality in the Amtrak concourse, the app now includes several new features.

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More Downeaster Trains on Track To Serve Freeport and Brunswick

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Travel | November 5, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine – The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA), managing agency of the Amtrak Downeaster passenger rail service, has announced more train service to Freeport and Brunswick beginning Monday, November 12, 2018.

Currently, the Downeaster operates five (5) round-trips each day between Portland and Boston, with three (3) of those round-trips extending to Freeport and Brunswick. Beginning November 12, two (2) additional round trips will serve Freeport and Brunswick on weekdays (5 round trips total), with one additional trip on weekends (4 round-trips total).

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Amtrak Downeaster to Expand Service in time for the Thanksgiving Travel Season

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Services and Schedules, Travel | November 1, 2018

PORTLAND, ME. – Just in time for the holiday travel season, the Amtrak Downeaster will be expanding weekday service of all trains to Freeport and Brunswick, Maine; four of five daily round trips will serve Freeport and Brunswick on weekends. Currently, the Downeaster makes five daily round trips between Portland and Boston with only three extending to Freeport and Brunswick.    

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