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Amtrak and MassDOT Announce Re-Start of Second Valley Flyer Roundtrip Train Service in Western and Northern Massachusetts

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Services and Schedules, Travel | June 22, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Amtrak, in conjunction with MassDOT, is re-launching the second round trip of the Valley Flyer on July 26, 2021, a state supported seven day a week passenger train. The train service was reduced on March 30, 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic as members of the public were quarantining and traveling less frequently.

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Amtrak Promotes Summer Travel Savings With National ‘Sizzling Summer Sale’

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Sales and Deals, Travel | June 22, 2021

WASHINGTON – Amtrak is offering customers the opportunity to save up to 35% for their summer travel plans with its latest promotion, the ‘Sizzling Summer Sale.” Available on most of its trains throughout the national network for coach and Acela Business class only, this sale is valid between Tuesday, June 22 and Thursday, June 24, for travel between Tuesday, July 6 and Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021 via Amtrak.com/Sizzling-Summer-Sale.

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Amtrak Downeaster Announces a Special Event Stop in Falmouth, ME to serve the Live + Work in Maine Korn Ferry Golf Tournament

By | Commuter and State Partners, Customer Amenities, News, Services and Schedules, Travel | June 15, 2021

PORTLAND, Maine The Amtrak Downeaster will make station stops at the Falmouth Country Club golf course June 24-27, providing access for attendees of the The Live + Work in Maine Open Golf Tournament, part of the Korn Ferry Tour. The train stop is located near Hold 16 on the lower end of the course, just a 10-minute walk from the tournament entrance. The Live + Work in Maine Open is providing free shuttle service to the gate.

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Amtrak Customers Can Tour the Country for One Low Fare with USA Rail Pass

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Sales and Deals, Travel | June 8, 2021

WASHINGTON – With the relaunch of its USA Rail Pass, Amtrak is introducing a new and affordable way to take a multi-segment train journey across America. This new offering allows customers to take up to ten rides to see the country and explore sights at many of Amtrak’s 500 destinations. Now through June 22, the USA Rail Pass is available for $299, a savings of $200 off the regular $499 price. Customers taking advantage of this special introductory offer will pay less than $30 per ride for ten travel segments over 30 days.

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Statement from Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn on Proposed Pan Am – CSX Merger

By | Commuter and State Partners, Company News and Statements, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News | June 4, 2021

As currently proposed, the acquisition of Pan Am by CSX represents a significant threat to the American traveling public which relies on Amtrak and our state partners to deliver frequent, reliable and sustainable intercity passenger rail service. Unfortunately, we believe the proposed merger, in its proposed form, will negatively impact current passenger train service and future routes in Massachusetts and Northern New England that are identified in the Amtrak Corridor Vision. Our goal, as outlined in the vision, to provide new rail service to over 160 more communities and 20 million more passengers annually by 2035 aligns with the Biden administration’s infrastructure investment blueprint and any merger’s impacts on this goal should be considered by the Surface Transportation Board during its review.  

Amtrak’s primary considerations – as it would be with any railroad acquisition – are simple. First, Amtrak wants to ensure on-time performance of Amtrak trains over any impacted routes. Second, we want to ensure we will have a good partner in seeking to improve and expand existing state-supported and long distance services as well as planned expansions to new routes. After reviewing the CSX application, it is clear that the proposed merger, in its current form, will adversely impact the performance of Amtrak trains and threaten future growth opportunities. As the STB evaluates the proposed Pan Am-CSX merger, we urge the Board to recognize that intercity passenger transportation is a critical factor in maintaining and growing rail connections between communities, economic growth, social equity and sustainability.

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Major Step Forward on Hudson Tunnel Project as Joint Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision Issued by U.S. Department of Transportation

By | Commuter and State Partners, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News | May 28, 2021

NEWARK – The Gateway Development Commission hailed the long-awaited release today of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) on the Hudson Tunnel Project.

Completion of the FEIS and issuance of a ROD by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is a major milestone for the project. With a Record of Decision in hand, real estate property acquisition, advanced engineering design, utility relocation and other pre-construction activities can move forward, bringing the project a significant step closer to major construction.

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Pacific Surfliner Offers New Connecting Bus Service Between Los Angeles and Las Vegas

By | Commuter and State Partners, Customer Amenities, News, Travel | May 19, 2021

ORANGE, Calif.– A new Amtrak Thruway bus route is now offering daily service between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, with intermediate stops in San Bernardino, Victorville, and Barstow. While bus-only trips for this service can be purchased without a train segment, these buses also offer guaranteed connections to Pacific Surfliner Trains 579, 580, 763 768, 777, and 796.

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Amtrak Offers 15% Student Discount on Routes Nationwide

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Sales and Deals, Travel | May 18, 2021

WASHINGTON – Great deals are now available for students looking to get away during the summer, travel home, see friends, or return to campus. Amtrak can help students reconnect with friends, rediscover America and explore places off the beaten path with its new student discount. Students between the ages of 17 and 24 can receive 15% off travel throughout the national network. Available at amtrak.com/student-discounts, the offer is valid through December 30, 2021.

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Amtrak and Vermont Agency of Transportation to Resume Service Throughout the State Beginning July 19

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Services and Schedules, Travel | May 18, 2021

WASHINGTON – Amtrak and The Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) today announced that tickets are now available for purchase on their state-supported train services for travel beginning on Monday, July 19. This includes the Vermonter, which provides daily service between Washington, DC and St. Albans, Vermont, with reserved seating for Business Class customers, and the Ethan Allen Express, which offers daily service between New York City and Rutland, Vermont, with connecting service to Washington, D.C.

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