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Message from Amtrak CEO Stephen Gardner on the Southwest Chief Train 4 Derailment 

By | News | June 28, 2022

We are deeply saddened by yesterday’s tragic event and mourn those who lost their lives. For those who helped others, we want to express our heartfelt appreciation. This includes our hard-working front line team members, numerous local authorities and emergency personnel who quickly mobilized to help all at the scene, and our customers, including a group of Boy Scouts onboard who jumped in to help others.

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Amtrak Statement on Train 4 Derailment near Mendon, Mo.

By | Company News and Statements, News | June 28, 2022

We are deeply saddened to learn that the Missouri State Highway Patrol is now confirming that three people, two passengers and the truck driver, have lost their lives as a result of this grade crossing incident. There are also several reported injuries among the passengers and crew members traveling on the train. Amtrak is working with local authorities to make sure those who are injured get medical care and everyone else receives services and transportation. We are grateful for the support from the local authorities who provided assistance and resources for our customers and employees. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has activated, and we will fully support the NTSB with its investigation. Additional details will be provided as available.  

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Amtrak Maple Leaf Travelers Can Now Buy Tickets to and from Toronto with Service Set to Resume

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Services and Schedules, Travel | June 27, 2022

NEW YORK – Amtrak, in conjunction with VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail), NYSDOT and other federal agencies, today announced the resumption of service to Toronto via the Maple Leaf train on Monday, June 27 with tickets now available via Amtrak.com, the Amtrak app, Amtrak ticket desks and kiosks, and through 1-800-USA-RAIL. Travelers departing from Canada can also book their tickets at ViaRail.ca, and through 1-888-VIA-RAIL. The first northbound Maple Leaf train will depart NYP at 7:16 a.m. on Monday, June 27th and arrive in Toronto at 7:43 p.m. for the first time since 2020. The first southbound Maple Leaf train since 2020 will depart Canada’s Toronto Union Station (TWO) at 8:20 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28th and arrive at Moynihan Train Hall at New York Penn Station (NYP) at 9:55 p.m.

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Amtrak Awards Contract to Arup for Preliminary Design of Railroad Infrastructure that Will Support New York Penn Station Expansion

By | Commuter and State Partners, Customer Amenities, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News | June 23, 2022

trak – in partnership with NJ TRANSIT and in coordination with MTA – has entered into a contract with global engineering, consulting and design firm Arup to begin designing options for the first new tracks, platforms and concourses connected to New York Penn Station in more than a century.

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Amtrak Orders Fifty More National Network Locomotives

By | News, Sustainability | June 23, 2022

Together with the initial order of 75 locomotives, the 125 diesel-electric units are an important part of Amtrak’s sustainability initiative and are considerably more environmentally-friendly than their 1990’s predecessors. They reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide by more than 89 percent and particulate matter by 95 percent, while consuming less fuel than the locomotives being retired and reaching a greater top speed, 125 mph.

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Amtrak Increases Daily Service to Roanoke

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Services and Schedules, Travel | June 21, 2022

WASHINGTON – Amtrak Northeast Regional service will soon offer a second daily departure from Roanoke, Va., giving customers more flexibility and convenience for travel to Washington, D.C., and to cities in the Northeast and Southwest Virginia. Service on the additional frequency of service to and from the city in the Blue Ridge Mountains begins on July 11. Tickets are now available to purchase.

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Amtrak Increases Daily Service to Norfolk 

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Services and Schedules, Travel | June 21, 2022

WASHINGTON – Amtrak Northeast Regional service will soon offer a third daily departure from Norfolk, Va., giving customers more flexibility and convenience for travel within Virginia, to Washington, D.C., and to cities in the Northeast and a five total daily Amtrak services to the Hampton Roads region Service on the additional frequency to and from the waterfront city begins on July 11. Tickets are now available for purchase.

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Amtrak Increasing Speed of Acela Trains in New Jersey Through Infrastructure Investments and Improvements

By | Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News | June 14, 2022

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Amtrak passengers can now travel even faster on Acela as recent infrastructure improvements along a 16-mile segment of track between New Brunswick and South Brunswick can accommodate speeds of up to 150 mph. This project is part of the New Jersey High-Speed Rail Improvement program and a $450 million investment by U.S. DOT, and the first of many speed upgrades anticipated in the NEC that lays the framework for future trip time reduction and improves the reliability of intercity and commuter services on one of the most heavily used sections of the NEC.

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Amtrak Quotes On Major Step Toward Modernization of Penn Station

By | Commuter and State Partners, Company News and Statements, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News | June 10, 2022

Amtrak Board Chair Tony Coscia said, “New York Penn Station is one of the busiest transportation facilities in the world. Amtrak is committed to ensuring its future for generations of rail travelers which will benefit the entire Northeast Corridor. As the owner and steward of the station, we are eager to advance the station’s transformation. Our partnership with Governor Hochul and Governor Murphy will deliver a long-awaited dream to both reconstruct and expand Penn Station.”

Amtrak President and CEO Stephen Gardner said, “New York Penn Station is more than just the busiest rail hub in North America – it is a gateway to the nation’s largest city for rail passengers from across the nation. We thank Governor Hochul, Governor Murphy, MTA and NJ TRANSIT for their partnership to design a beautiful new, modern and bright, world-class station complex fit for New York. With the support and collaboration of our partners, we will give the region’s residents, visitors and commuters an improved station that increases its vitality to the city, economy and local community.”

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