Person struck by Amtrak train in Aberdeen

BALTIMORE (WBFF) — Amtrak confirms one person was struck by a train in Aberdeen on Sunday afternoon. At about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 26, Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 126, traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York, came into contact with an individual on the tracks near Aberdeen, MD. There...
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Amtrak’s Plan to Connect the U.S.

Written by Kevin Smith, Editor-in-Chief, International Railway Journal. INTERNATIONAL RAILWAY JOURNAL, SEPTEMBER 2021 ISSUE: 50 years since Amtrak was founded, the United States’ federally owned passenger operator is arguably at the most exciting juncture in its history. William Flynn, Amtrak President and CEO, presented the company’s ambitious plans for growth and development to International Railway Journal Editor-in-Chief Kevin Smith.
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New Report Assesses Amtrak’s ADA Compliance Efforts

Better planning and coordination could help Amtrak complete an “aggressive” $1.2 billion plan to bring its remaining stations into Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance by FY 2027, according to a report from the railroad’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). The Sept. 2, 2021 OIG report (download below) covers an...

At Least Three People Dead After Amtrak Train Derails in Montana

At least three people were killed and more than 50 people were injured on Saturday after an Amtrak train derailed in Montana, authorities said. The Empire Builder train that runs between Seattle and Chicago was traveling with 147 passengers and 13 crew members on board when it flew off the rails near the town of Joplin, the Associated Press reports. No details on the victims were immediately available. An emergency services official in Hill County, Montana, told The New York Times that “well over” 50 people had been hurt in the derailment. Rescue workers from six different counties have rushed to the crash site, and five hospitals were standing by to treat the injured passengers.

Madison mayor sets stage for potential Amtrak station

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said she has recently spoken with “very enthusiastic” Amtrak officials as part of their 2035 vision to extend an existing route to Wisconsin’s capital. As NBC15 reported in April, Amtrak released a map proposing the extension of the Hiawatha...

Amtrak, PIP to Transform Philly’s Gray 30th Street Station by 2025

Amtrak has finalized a deal with the master developer for the William H. Gray III 30th Street Station Redevelopment Project in Philadelphia. On Sept. 15, Amtrak reported that it had reached financial close on a lease and development agreement with the Plenary Infrastructure Philadelphia (PIP) consortium for the restoration and renovation of the Gray 30th Street Station. PIP—selected by Amtrak in June 2020 through a competitive procurement—will refurbish and improve the historic, nearly 100-year-old building; finance those improvements; and maintain the station for a 50-year term, the railroad said. The project’s cost has been estimated between $300 million and $400 million.

U.S. railroad Amtrak to require employee COVID-19 vaccinations

Sept 21 (Reuters) - U.S. passenger railroad Amtrak said on Tuesday it will require nearly all of its 18,000 employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Nov. 22. The railroad said in an email to employees that it will only allow regular coronavirus testing in lieu of vaccines for medical and religious accommodations.

Amtrak halts train service south of Irvine through Sunday amid ‘slight movement’ in tracks

The Amtrak Pacific Surfliner will not operate south of Irvine through Sunday as crews work to shore up unstable ground along cliffside railroad tracks. Then beginning Monday, no Pacific Surfliner trains will operate between the Irvine and Oceanside stations. Through Oct. 3, Amtrak travelers will have to take bus connections between the two stations, and then hop back on a train between Oceanside and San Diego.
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Amtrak adjusts COVID policies, pushes return-to-work date

Amtrak has revised its company COVID-19 policies to comply with President Joe Biden’s executive order for federal employees. Biden's action requires all federal employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 22, with no voluntary testing alternative. The deadline applies to Amtrak employees, "red badge" contractors and any other individuals who regularly...
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GLIMPSES: Britain's Johnson Rides Rails to Meet Amtrak Joe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oh, the conversations that happen when powerful people meet. Could the “very special relationship” between the U.S. and the United Kingdom become even more secure now that President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have bonded over their shared love of trains?. Biden famously rode Amtrak...
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Biden resurrects suspect story about kudos from Amtrak conductor

President Biden used his one-on-one meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday to reprise a story about an Amtrak conductor who supposedly congratulated him for traveling 2 million miles on the rail service — despite having died before the event purportedly took place. After Biden noted that Johnson...

Analysis: BNSF shows how Amtrak and freight can co-exist

Galloping across the Gallup Sub: BNSF dispatchers keep priority freights and Amtrak's Southwest Chief rolling on the country's busiest freight main line. The westbound Southwest Chief is 6 minutes late out of Albuquerque, N.M., as you roll toward the junction with BNSF Railway’s Southern Transcon at Dalies. From Roomette 14 you wonder: What will happen to the Chief’s timekeeping when we hit the Gallup Subdivision that carries 80 freights per day?

7 Best Amtrak Travel Packages for Visiting Coastal Cities and National Parks

With fluctuating travel restrictions and safety concerns, many travelers have shifted their gaze from the sky to the rails. Domestic train travel not only allows passengers to skip the hectic lines at the airport and dreaded middle seat on flights, it also presents an opportunity to see some of America’s most stunning landscapes en route to the destination.

Leon County to Vote on $3.4 Million in Renovations for Historic Amtrak Building

This Tuesday, September 14, 2021, Leon County Commissioners will consider awarding a bid, for $3,449,820, to Ram Construction and Development, LLC for site renovations to the historic Amtrak building. The Board will also consider a joint agreement with the City of Tallahassee for driveway connections for Bicycle Boulevard and Railroad...