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Amtrak Launches Photo #AmtrakHolidayContest for 12 Lucky Winners

By | Company News and Statements, Customer Amenities, News, Travel | December 13, 2018

Customers who share their best holiday-themed Amtrak photos via social media can win one of 12 prizes

WASHINGTON – Amtrak is evoking the family festive, nostalgic, and celebratory holiday feelings that comes from holiday season train travel by debuting its social media-based and photo-friendly #AmtrakHolidayContest. For 12 days starting Thursday, Dec. 13, contestants can post their holiday and Amtrak themed photos, with the hashtag “#AmtrakHolidayContest,” on their personal Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts to submit an entry.

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Amtrak Launches #AmtrakTakeMeThere Social Media Residency Program

By | Company News and Statements, Customer Amenities, News, Travel | November 30, 2018

Residents will ride Amtrak’s signature long-distance trains and share their experience on social; casting call now open

WASHINGTON – Amtrak has created #AmtrakTakeMeThere, a new social media residency program that showcases the diversity of Amtrak passengers and their unique train travel experiences. Instead of experiencing these stories on social media from the viewpoint of a professional travel blogger or influencer, Amtrak will highlight riders to tell their individual stories. Amtrak has launched an open casting call to find these unique riders, where users can share their stories and show how they use social media to engage their niche online community.

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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 Statement on Amazon HQ2 in NYC and Northern Virginia

By | Company News and Statements, News | November 13, 2018

Amtrak welcomes Amazon HQ2 to the northeast. With the selection of locations in New York City and Northern Virginia, Amtrak stands ready to provide Amazon employees and all customers with an unparalleled travel experience.

Amtrak has established plans underway to refresh trains, enhance Wi-Fi connectivity, upgrade facilities and improve the onboard experience. Also, Amtrak is investing in the future of rail by redefining the customer experience on the Northeast Corridor, both in station and on board.

By 2021, we’ll be introducing new high-speed trainsets along the Northeast Corridor—the next generation of Acela® Express. This new service will provide world-class accommodations and amenities, along with a smoother and even more comfortable ride.

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Amtrak Resumes Service of Five Popular Train Routes at New York Penn Station

By | Company News and Statements, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News | September 4, 2018

Summer Infrastructure Renewal Program completed on schedule

NEW YORK – Amtrak has completed its summer infrastructure renewal work at New York Penn Station, allowing the Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Adirondack, and Maple Leaf trains  to return to New York Penn Station on Tuesday, Sept. 4 as planned. Since Saturday, May 26, these four trains that travel to and from Northern New York and Canada were running in and out of New York Grand Central Terminal to accommodate the track and infrastructure upgrades. 

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Amtrak in Pursuit of New Equipment

By | Company News and Statements, Customer Amenities, News | June 27, 2018

Proven equipment wanted to operate on routes east of the Mississippi

WASHINGTON – In a continued effort to modernize equipment and improve the experience for our customers, Amtrak is going to the marketplace to explore the availability of rail vehicles to eventually replace the current Amfleet I equipment.  This equipment includes single-level passenger cars used primarily on routes east of the Mississippi River such as the Northeast Regional, Keystone, Carolinian and Illinois Service Trains.

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Amtrak Marks Positive Train Control Milestone

By | Company News and Statements, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News, Safety | June 12, 2018

Activation on BNSF subdivisions is Amtrak’s first host-owned territory implemented with PTC

WASHINGTON – Amtrak, in coordination with BNSF Railway, will implement Positive Train Control (PTC) over several BNSF-owned subdivisions this week, marking the first activation on host-owned territory used by Amtrak.

“Amtrak’s highest priority is ensuring the safety of our passengers, our crews and the communities we serve, and full implementation of PTC will make the entire network safer,” said Amtrak Executive Vice President of Safety Ken Hylander. “While we are excited to achieve this milestone, we must continue to work together to activate PTC and make the national railroad network safer.”

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