NEW YORK – Amtrak customers can now enjoy bar service at Amtrak’s premium Metropolitan Lounge in the Moynihan Train Hall in New York City. The bar menu offers beer, wine, cocktails, and hot food offerings available for purchase between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Nodding to the more than 400 breweries in New York state, the menu features rotating seasonal selections from local New York breweries, including Five Boroughs Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery, Ithaca Beer Company, Empire Brewing Company and Montauk Brewing Company.
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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – As part of the Johnstown Iron-to-Arts Corridor Project, Amtrak is investing more than $16 million into the Johnstown Station, served by the PennDOT supported Pennsylvanian route (operating daily between New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh), as part of the ADASP (Americans with Disabilities Act Stations Program) and State of Good Repair Funding. Amtrak’s investment builds on a $24.5 million U.S. Department of Transportation RAISE Grant to be awarded to Johnstown on Nov. 19, which will support additional improvements to Johnstown Station and other key transportation facilities in this city.
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.
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.
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.”
Amtrak announced today that it is introducing over 200 new kiosks in more than 150 stations across the country for an improved customer experience. Amtrak’s new kiosks will feature an updated user interface consistent with other Amtrak digital channels that allows for a minimum touch experience for the most common in-station transactions. The Amtrak kiosks will begin with a Northeast rollout, starting in Washington Union Station, the Joseph R. Biden Jr. Railroad Station in Wilmington, DE and Moynihan Train Hall in New York City, and continue through the Midwest and into California throughout Autumn 2021.
Amtrak and Penn Station Partners will gather to host a groundbreaking ceremony today with Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Deputy Administrator Amit Bose, Governor Larry Hogan, Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Chris Van Hollen, Mayor Brandon Scott and other local officials and community members to mark the commencement of the redevelopment of Baltimore Penn Station and platform expansion project as part of Amtrak’s $150 million investment to improve customer experience and grow passenger rail.
Amtrak and Plenary Infrastructure Philadelphia (PIP) have reached financial close on a lease and development agreement for the restoration and renovation of the William H. Gray III 30th Street Station.
“The Senate’s passage of the Infrastructure Bill represents more than just this country’s greatest level of investment in Amtrak and infrastructure in the past 50 years. It also highlights America’s commitment to updating the rail network and improving the passenger experience for years to come.
Amtrak is ready to rebuild core infrastructure, replace equipment and, with the FRA and state partners, bring more Amtrak service to more people across the nation, creating thousands of new jobs and reducing America’s carbon footprint.
Separately, Congress needs to ensure that Amtrak gets the on-time performance and preference from our host railroads that the law requires so we can achieve the growth in reliable service that our nation needs,” said Amtrak Board Chair Tony Coscia.
Today, federal, state and local leaders highlighted the 150th anniversary of the Baltimore and Potomac (B&P) tunnel’s groundbreaking and unveiled new plans to enhance and advance the B&P Tunnel Replacement Program. Additionally, Amtrak announced the new tunnel will be named after Frederick Douglass, the late Maryland-born and world-renowned abolitionist leader.