On Friday, March 29, 2019, the Amtrak Board of Directors appointed Roger Harris to the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, responsible for corporate marketing, sales distribution, network and consist planning, market research and pricing and revenue management, along with the Northeast Corridor, State-Supported and Long-Distance Service Lines. Harris will succeed Tim Griffin, who has elected to retire from Amtrak on April 12.
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“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Joe Boardman.
“Joe, during his tenure as FRA Administrator, Amtrak Board Member
“He leaves a lasting legacy that includes public service and making passenger rail transportation better for millions of people.”
NEW YORK – The Amtrak Board of Directors has approved an agreement with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to advance two key proposed initiatives: Metro-North commuter rail service to and from New York Penn Station and Amtrak intercity passenger rail service to and from Long Island.
Amtrak Board of Directors today appointed Kevin Winters as the new Amtrak inspector general, effective immediately. He succeeds Tom Howard, who will retire after four decades of experience in senior federal accountability positions.
Amtrak has released a Request for Proposals today, for a new fleet of single-level passenger rail vehicles to replace Amfleet I cars, providing new equipment with contemporary rail amenities to better serve Amtrak customers. Amfleet I cars are used primarily on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) and adjacent State Corridor routes, including Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Maple Leaf, Adirondack, Vermonter, Downeaster, Carolinian, Pennsylvanian, Keystone Service, Virginia Service and New Haven/Springfield Service.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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: ($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, : $1.46 billion – the highest level of capital investment in recent Amtrak history