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Amtrak Chair Carper gains boost from Senate leader
From UTU.......Amtrak Board Chairman Tom Carper has won endorsement from Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) for renomination by President Obama. That nomination would require Senate confirmation.Carper, a former mayor of McComb, Ill., has served on the Amtrak board since March 2008 and...
High(er)-speed rail zips through Illinois
 High(er)-speed rail zips through IllinoisBy Tyler Falk | November 26, 2012, 9:57 AM PST from: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/higher-speed-rail-zips-through-illinois/6576     Amtrak announced that along a 15-mile segment of the corridor, trains are now...
Passengers stranded as US transport workers assess damage
 Travellers, cargo stranded as U.S. airports, rails assess damage  By Karen Jacobs and Lynn AdlerWed Oct 31, 2012 4:16am GMT from:  http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/10/31/uk-storm-sandy-transportation-idUKBRE89U06T20121031(Reuters) - As rail, transit, airline and port...
CSX closes 4-state network; Amtrak suspends service
 CSX closes 4-state network; Amtrak suspends serviceCSX has closed its rail lines from Richmond, Va., to Albany, N.Y., and from Boston to Brunswick, Md., in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, according to the railroad's service advisory. Cleanup equipment and power generators are being...
Norfolk Southern to increase maximum speeds for Amtrak trains between Norfolk and Petersburg
In preparation for the start of Amtrak passenger rail service between Norfolk and Richmond in December, Amtrak will begin operating trains to qualify train crews at 79 mph beginning in mid-October. These trains will not be carrying passengers. The speed increase will be effective on Norfolk...
LaHood: Amtrak Vermonter line upgrades boost rail service
LaHood: Amtrak Vermonter line upgrades boost rail serviceThe recent completion of a development project for Amtrak's Vermonter line on the section between St. Albans and Vernon, Vt., not only enhances passenger rail service but freight rail capacity as well. The project was done on schedule...
U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood, Local Officials Celebrate Completion of Vermonter Rail Project
Project on Amtrak’s Vermonter Line is Completed on Time and on BudgetBRATTLEBORO, Vt. – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood today announced the on-time and on-budget completion of a two-year project making upgrades and repairs along 190 miles of track between St. Albans and Vernon on...
MHSRA, NARP support Amtrak on issue of GOP's funding oversight
 MHSRA, NARP support Amtrak on issue of GOP's funding oversightThe Midwest High Speed Rail Association and the National Association of Railroad Passengers expressed support for Amtrak in reaction to a move by Republican lawmakers to investigate and perhaps end funding subsidies the...
FRA Provides Grant to Study the Return of Amtrak Service Between Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile
The Federal Railroad Administration today announced it has obligated $100,000 in response to an application from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs to study the restoration of Amtrak passenger rail service between Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile.“Rail has the potential...
Genius or insane? Amtrak’s $7 billion plan to remake D.C.’s Union Station
 Genius or insane? Amtrak’s $7 billion plan to remake D.C.’s Union StationBy Claire Lambrecht | July 28, 2012, 11:08 AM PDTSomewhere in Washington, Joe Biden is grinning. Union Station, the landmark train station he passed through each evening on his storied trips home from Washington,...

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