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STATEMENT FROM AMTRAK AND MTA OFFICIALS REGARDING L TRAIN PROJECT

By | Commuter and State Partners, Company News and Statements, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News | January 10, 2019

Amtrak and MTA Representatives, Along with Columbia and Cornell Engineers, to Visit East River Tunnels on Friday

“Today, MTA officials met with Amtrak leadership to provide a briefing on the L Train project.  On January 3rd, the MTA accepted recommendations of an expert review panel that the L Train tunnel could be repaired while averting a closure. The expert team, comprised of the deans and faculty from Columbia University and Cornell University engineering schools, conducted weeks of extensive review and analysis, while working directly with MTA officials, design engineers and contractors. After the MTA’s leadership determined that the new scope of work could be achieved with the proper due diligence to ensure the safety and longevity of the project, Amtrak expressed interest in undertaking a preliminary review of these methods to see if they could be applied to any portions of its own projects including the East River tunnels. Today’s briefing was informative and productive for both parties, and on Friday, representatives from the MTA, Amtrak, and the expert review team will visit the East River tunnel to continue this important discussion. Meeting participants included: MTA President Patrick Foye and Managing Director Veronique Hakim; Amtrak Senior Executive Vice President Stephen Gardner; Chief Engineer and Vice President Gerhard Williams, and Amtrak staff; and WSP Senior Vice President Jerry Jannetti.”

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Amtrak to Improve National Network with New Locomotives

By | Company News and Statements, Customer Amenities, News, Travel | December 21, 2018

Siemens Mobility awarded $850 million contract for 75 new Tier 4 locomotives and associated services

WASHINGTON – With demand for Amtrak service at record levels, Amtrak will acquire new mainline passenger diesel locomotives from Siemens Mobility to replace its aging National Network locomotive fleet. These initial 75 locomotives will be used principally for Amtrak’s Long Distance train service, with options to purchase more, for use on some State Supported routes and for future growth.

“These new locomotives will offer increased reliability, more hauling power, improved safety features and lower emissions,” said Amtrak President & CEO Richard Anderson.

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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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