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Statement from Amtrak President Stephen Gardner on the House’s Passage of Build Back Better Act

By | Company News and Statements, News | November 19, 2021

We applaud the House’s passage of high-speed rail funding in the Build Back Better Act as part of a comprehensive strategy for reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector. Amtrak’s high-speed Acela service demonstrates the benefits that fast and frequent trains bring to a region, including enhanced mobility, economic growth, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.  We stand ready to aggressively pursue this funding to substantially expand the sections of the Northeast Corridor where our successful Acela service can perform at sustained high-speed and to partner with states and the private sector to launch new high-speed rail services in appropriate markets across the country.

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Amtrak Partners with NYC & Company to Drive Train Travel to New York City from the Northeast Corridor

By | Company News and Statements, Customer Amenities, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News | November 16, 2021

NEW YORK – Amtrak announced today that it is partnering with NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization and convention and visitors bureau for the five boroughs of New York City, to promote train travel to New York City via the Moynihan Train Hall. NYC & Company and Amtrak will use programmatic advertising, social media, out of home, radio, influencers, and other digital assets to promote the ease, comfort and convenience of traveling by Amtrak to New York City from the other major cities in the Northeast Corridor. The campaign reinforces Amtrak’s national brand message that its Acela and Northeast Regional service is the easiest way to get to New York – Just an Amtrak Away. 

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Statement from Amtrak Board Chair Tony Coscia on President Biden signing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

By | Company News and Statements | November 15, 2021

Amtrak Board Chair Tony Coscia:

“For 50 years, the nation has been waiting for the Federal government to provide Amtrak with the resources we need to fully deliver on our mission to serve the American people. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal fulfills this promise and we are ready to start rebuilding and expanding passenger rail to meet the service demands and sustainable transportation goals of the future. With the signing of this bill today by President Biden, the second great passenger rail revolution is here – and Amtrak and its state and federal partners are ready to lead the way.”

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Cascades Service to Resume on the Point Defiance Bypass

By | Commuter and State Partners, Company News and Statements, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News, Safety, Services and Schedules | November 9, 2021

SEATTLE – After intensive system testing, crew qualifications, and safety certification in partnership with Sound Transit and the Washington State Department of Transportation, Amtrak Cascades service will resume on the Point Defiance Bypass on November 18. The inland bypass parallels I-5 between the Tacoma Dome Station, Lakewood, JBLM, DuPont and Nisqually.

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Amtrak Statements on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act House Passage

By | Company News and Statements, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News | November 5, 2021

Amtrak Board Chair Tony Coscia:

The passage of this bipartisan infrastructure bill provides historic levels of investment for intercity passenger rail in this country and the start of a whole new era for improved and expanded Amtrak service. We are grateful to President Biden and Congress for their belief in Amtrak and the power of passenger rail to help tackle the climate crisis, create economic opportunity and good-paying jobs, and expand mobility for our nation. We look forward to working with Secretary Buttigieg, our state, commuter and host railroad partners, and communities across America to rebuild and improve the Northeast Corridor and launch the next generation of Amtrak service in cities and towns across America.”

Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn:

Passenger rail offers the transportation solutions this country needs, and Amtrak is ready to make it happen. This bill will allow Amtrak to advance significant infrastructure and major station projects on the NEC, purchase new passenger rail equipment and develop new rail corridors, bringing passenger rail to more people across the nation. As demonstrated by their commitment to rail in this bill, President Biden and Congress believe in the future of rail and Amtrak and we will move quickly to advance these projects.”

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