President Joe Biden joined Amtrak executives for a ceremony to pay homage to the past and share Amtrak’s bold vision for the future. Streamed live today from Gray 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, the ceremony highlighted the remarkable contributions of Amtrak employees past and present as well as ambitious plans to expand and improve rail service for the future.
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WASHINGTON – Amtrak is setting a new standard of travel with enhanced safety and cleaning measures. With its medical director, public health and safety team and partnership with the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, we have studied, analyzed and made improvements to the Amtrak travel experience – from beginning to end – for the safety and health of our people and travelers. In an effort to simplify and safeguard the travel experience, several cleaning, contact-free and convenience measures have been implemented into every part of the customer journey — from time of booking to the moment of arrival.
WASHINGTON – Amtrak released its FY20 Sustainability Report that showcases sustainability projects across Amtrak’s regions and operations. Throughout the report are details of Amtrak’s measured progress against annual and long-term sustainability goals.
Beginning May 23, Amtrak and our partner state transportation departments are restoring all “Hiawatha Service” round-trips between Milwaukee and Chicago.
WASHINGTON – Amtrak announced today, in conjunction with Earth Day 2021 that all passengers traveling on the Northeast Corridor (NEC), between Boston and Washington, D.C., will be provided their trip-specific carbon emissions savings. Savings are calculated two ways: first by showing riders how much they saved by not driving and second, how much they saved by not flying. That difference between train travel and each of these alternative modes is the passenger’s carbon emissions savings (Co2e) with taking Amtrak. On the NEC, travel with Amtrak produces 83% less emissions than driving alone and up to 73% less than flying.
After a competitive procurement launched in January of 2019, Amtrak has identified California-based Siemens Mobility Inc. (Siemens) as the preferred bidder to manufacture a new fleet of 83 Intercity Trainsets (ICTs), which will provide dual power in many instances and modern rail amenities to better serve all Amtrak customers.
PORTLAND, MAINE – The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) announced today that the Amtrak Downeaster will increase service and implement a new schedule on May 3, 2021. This will restore the Downeaster to its pre-COVD service level of five daily round trips between Brunswick and Boston. The Downeaster has been offering four daily round-trips since July 2020.
WASHINGTON – Great deals are now available for summer travel on Amtrak with someone special. For a limited time, a customer booking a private Roomette for travel this summer can bring a companion for free. Roomettes offer meals included in the price of the ticket, scenic views by day, and comfortable beds at night. Available at amtrak.com/privateroomsale, this sale is valid between Apr. 6-16, 2021, for travel between June 1 and Sept. 30, 2021.
Taking the Acela for travel on the Northeast Corridor (NEC) is now more convenient than ever and travelers can enjoy low fares now available between many cities from Washington, D.C. to Boston. To provide more schedule flexibility, Amtrak is also adding two additional weekday daily roundtrip Acela trains beginning Mon., April 5.
This afternoon, President Biden released his American Jobs Plan, including plans for infrastructure investment, economic recovery, climate change, and social equity, and $80 billion designated specifically for rail.
Amtrak’s vision to grow rail service and connect new city pairs across America rises to the urgent challenges of our time, and will provide new and improved train service to millions of additional passengers. Additionally, the Northeast Corridor (NEC), a critical transportation link for the Northeast’s major metropolitan economies, has dozens of bridges, stations and tunnels that are beyond their design life and in need of immediate replacement or rehabilitation.