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Amtrak, Town of Brattleboro, State of Vermont and VTRANS Announce Feasibility Study for New Brattleboro Station

By | Commuter and State Partners, Customer Amenities, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News | November 19, 2020

BRATTLEBORO, VT – Amtrak today announced it is in discussions with the Town of Brattleboro, NECR Railroad and the State of Vermont on its proposal for a new, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant Brattleboro Station, including a new station building, platform and track changes. The new station will feature the first level boarding platform in Vermont. Measuring approximately 48 inches above track, the proposed platform will allow customers to move on or off a train without having to step up or down. Additional ADA-compliant amenities include parking, ramps and steps up to the platform level, lights, signage, a new waiting room with an attached restroom and covered outdoor seating.

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Downeaster to operate regular schedule through Thanksgiving Holiday period

By | Commuter and State Partners, Customer Amenities, News, Travel | November 17, 2020

PORTLAND, ME -The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA), has announced that the Amtrak Downeaster will operate a regular full schedule, which currently includes four daily round-trips between Brunswick and Boston, throughout the upcoming holiday travel period including Thanksgiving Day. Enhanced safety and cleaning measures remain in place. In past years, an abridged holiday schedule was offered, but the full schedule provides more options for travelers this year and supports social distancing. Customers are encouraged to book tickets early to guarantee availability.

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SEPTA, Amtrak, PennDOT partnership results in $15.9 million federal grant to improve the Harrisburg Line between Paoli and Overbrook

By | Commuter and State Partners, Customer Amenities, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News, Safety | November 17, 2020

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), in partnership with Amtrak and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), has received $15.9 million through the FRA’s Federal-State Partnership for the State of Good Repair Grant program to improve signals on the Amtrak-owned Harrisburg line, also known as the Keystone Line.

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Amtrak and CTDOT Awarded State of Good Repair Grants to Improve Infrastructure on Two Connecticut Railroad Bridges Along the Northeast Corridor

By | Commuter and State Partners, Customer Amenities, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News | November 17, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has awarded two FY20 Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair grants to Amtrak and Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) to help repair and rehabilitate railroad infrastructure and other assets in the state of Connecticut as part of the ongoing Amtrak and CTDOT partnership. Totaling nearly $145 million, the two grants will lead to the replacement of the Amtrak-owned Connecticut River Bridge Replacement project, which will receive $65.2 million, and the CTDOT owned Walk Bridge replacement project will receive $79.7 million, which will eliminate slow orders, and raise the maximum speed at which trains can travel along the bridges.

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Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Welcomes Thanksgiving Travelers Onboard with New Safety Measures in Place

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Safety, Travel | November 12, 2020

ORANGE, Calif.– Amtrak Pacific Surfliner continues to deliver a new standard of travel by helping customers travel safely and comfortably this Thanksgiving. To provide more flexibility for customers and increase available seats on peak travel days, the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner is offering an additional round-trip that will operate between San Diego and Los Angeles on 11/25 and 11/29.

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Capitol Corridor Implements Temporary Reservation Requirements for the Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Period

By | Commuter and State Partners, Company News and Statements, News, Travel | November 11, 2020

OAKLAND, Calif. – To safely manage an expected increase in travelers on the Capitol Corridor train route around the Thanksgiving holiday, reservations will be required on trains that travel between Auburn/Sacramento and San Jose, California. Reservations are also required on connecting bus routes serving San Francisco, Reno, South Lake Tahoe, Santa Cruz, Napa, and other Northern California destinations. Capitol Corridor customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book early.

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Amtrak San Joaquins Prepares for Thanksgiving Travelers

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

STOCKTON, Calif.– Amtrak San Joaquins continues to provide safe and reliable rail service to passengers and is taking extra steps for prepare for an expected increase in ridership around the Thanksgiving holiday. Travelers will experience enhanced safety, cleaning and physical distancing measures that have been put in place to promote public health. As part of Amtrak’s partnership with experts from the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, Amtrak San Joaquins has implemented a series of protocols including required face coverings, contactless amenities, disinfection, social distancing on board and in stations, and sophisticated air filtration.

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Map of the routes of the Amtrak Midwest(SM) states: Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Amtrak Welcomes Midwest Thanksgiving Travelers Onboard with New Safety Measures in Place

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Travel | November 9, 2020

Amtrak continues to deliver on a new standard of travel by helping customers travel safely and comfortably throughout the Midwest this Thanksgiving. Passengers on Amtrak MidwestSM corridor and interregional trains can experience Amtrak’s newly enhanced safety and cleaning measures, with available seats added on many routes to maintain distancing.

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Partnership With RB, The Makers of Lysol®, Further Strengthens Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Hygiene Protocols

By | Commuter and State Partners, Customer Amenities, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News, Safety | October 7, 2020

ORANGE, Calif. – Since the onset of COVID-19, Amtrak has led the way in ushering a new standard of safe travel. Today, The Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency, which manages the Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® service, is building on its commitment to the safety and wellbeing of travelers by announcing a partnership with RB, the makers of Lysol. As part of this new partnership, germ-kill experts and microbiologists from RB will help Amtrak strengthen its comprehensive cleaning and disinfection protocols for Amtrak trains, stations and Metropolitan Lounges. The partnership will launch in stations served by Pacific Surfliner trains, before expanding across the Amtrak network.

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