To assist communities looking for ways to build, improve, redevelop or restore train stations to support the growing demand for passenger rail service, Amtrak is hosting its tenth Civic Conversation in Portland, Ore., to share its expertise and experience with local leaders. Since 2007, approximately 130 Amtrak-served communities have participated in these one-day conferences.
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The success of the Northeast Corridor (NEC) has used up much of the legacy capacity of the existing railroad and depleted its infrastructure assets leading to a “major coming investment crisis that, without a solution, will mean strangled growth and deteriorating service” for 260 million intercity and commuter rail passengers who rely on it each year, Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman told a Congressional committee today.
Amtrak, in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Transportation and New England Central Railroad, announced a revised schedule beginning March 18, on the Vermonter service between St. Albans, Vt. and Washington, D.C.
Amtrak Hiawatha Service passengers holding current monthly and ten-ride tickets now have Priority Boarding at Chicago Union Station as they travel on the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor, the busiest in the Midwest.
Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) are gearing up for track improvements along the former Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) route used by Amtrak Wolverine Service and Blue Water trains from Kalamazoo to Central and Eastern Michigan. Amtrak has responsibility for this infrastructure, effective Feb. 16.
The Winter Park Station is an important part of the Amtrak national network. The Silver Meteor and Silver Star both serve this station, and will continue to do so during construction, providing convenient access south to Miami and north to New York.
Burnham Place, part of the Washington Union Station Master Plan, has received the Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design as awarded by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Amtrak has installed hearing loop technology at designated ticket counters and at the customer service desks in New York and Washington to enhance the travel experience for passengers with hearing loss.
Building on the progress achieved during the past year, Amtrak is moving forward in 2013 with more upgrades to Lancaster Station including major work to rehabilitate the main waiting room by repairing the plaster walls and ceiling, repainting it with historic colors, restoring historic light fixtures and relocating the sprinkler pipe.
“Amtrak continues to advance and invest in projects that provide both near-term benefits and long-term improvements for the effective delivery and reliability of intercity passenger rail service”