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Statement from Amtrak Senior Executive Vice President Stephen Gardner on Portal Bridge

By | Commuter and State Partners, Company News and Statements, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News | June 19, 2020

“Replacing the century-old moveable Portal Bridge will eliminate delays and permit faster journeys for passengers on the Northeast Corridor. We deeply appreciate the strong partnership with NJ TRANSIT, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Transit Administration on this critical project and thank Senators Schumer, Menendez, and Booker and the entire Congressional delegation of both states, Governors Murphy and Cuomo and all the elected leadership in both New Jersey and New York for their continued support and advocacy for finally fixing this critical single-point of failure on the nation’s busiest railroad.”

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Racial Equality and Social Justice Statement

By | Company News and Statements, News | June 18, 2020

We speak for everyone at Amtrak when we say: Black Lives Matter. The inequitable treatment of African Americans and people of color at the hands of the police, criminal justice system and broader institutions must stop. We stand with the African American community to denounce inequality as we fight against systemic racial injustice. To lead this change, we are investing resources and developing strategies to increase fairness, equity, and equality at Amtrak. As part of these efforts, we are creating and funding a Diversity and Inclusion Council to create strategic accountability for results, provide oversight and promote company-wide communication on progress. The work doesn’t stop there, we know we don’t have all the answers, but we look forward to further discussion and engagement to fully build and achieve a diverse and inclusive Amtrak.

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Amtrak Downeaster Resumes Limited Service June 15 Enters Phase 1 Service Restoration Plan

By | Commuter and State Partners, News, Services and Schedules, Travel | June 10, 2020

PORTLAND, MAINE – The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) announced yesterday that the Amtrak Downeaster will begin Phase 1 of Service Restoration beginning June 15, 2020. Service will resume with one round trip on weekdays only between Brunswick, ME and Boston, MA: southbound Train 680 and northbound Train 685. Downeaster service has been suspended since April 13, 2020.

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Amtrak Receives $63 Million in Grants from the FRA for Critical Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Improvements

By | Commuter and State Partners, Company News and Statements, Infrastructure, Stations and Facilities, News | May 27, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has awarded two Northeast Corridor (NEC) grants to Amtrak as part of its $302.6 million in the State of Good Repair grants to help repair and rehabilitate railroad infrastructure and other assets across the country for 12 projects in nine states. Totaling more than $63 million, the two grants will help fund the Portal North Bridge Project and the Winans to Bridge Improvement project.

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