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  • Amtrak to suspend nonstop Acela trains between DC, NY amid coronavirus concerns

    03/07/2020 9:36:04 AM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 7, 2020 | Kaelan Deese
    Amtrak announced Friday it would temporarily suspend its Acela Nonstop trains between Washington and New York beginning March 10 amid concerns about the coronavirus. The company said in a statement that demand for direct routes between the cities has decreased and that nonstop service will be suspended through May 26. "As we are experiencing some reduced demand for our service, we are making temporary adjustments to our schedule, such as removing train cars or cancelling trains when there is a convenient alternative with a similar schedule that will have minimal impact to customers," Amtrak said in a statement. The statement...
  • Local train crossings blocked, all trains stopped nation-wide (Lansing, MI)

    11/21/2019 9:29:37 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 59 replies
    WILX TV 10 ^ | 11/21/19 | News 10
    LANSING, MI (WILX) -- Capital Area Ingham County Alerts sent out a notification that "all trains nation-wide have been stopped for an undetermined amount of time." The alert said specific crossings that are blocked in our area are Hagadorn/Service in East Lansing and Marsh/Haslett in Meridian Township. News 10 reached out to East Lansing Police Chief Steve Gonzalez regarding the issue. "I don't know if it's a system failure or what, but it seems pretty large-scale," Gonzalez said. He said he is not aware of any injuries or accidents that would case a train to stop here locally. Marc Magliari,...
  • FLASHBACK: Hunter Biden’s One Qualification for Amtrak Board Was Taking Trains

    10/17/2019 5:22:27 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 19 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 10/15/2019 | Brent Scher
    Hunter Biden's only qualification for obtaining a seat on the Amtrak board of directors in 2006 was that he often rode trains. That's according to his father Joe Biden's Delaware colleague in the Senate, Tom Carper, who offered the sole nomination speech for the younger Biden when his name was presented in the Senate Commerce Committee. In his prepared remarks, Carper said Biden would be an "excellent addition" to the board, but was unable to list any reason beyond his frequent use of trains. "More significantly, Hunter has spent a lot of time on Amtrak trains," Carper said after listing...
  • Local Man Takes Advantage Of 3-Hour DMV Wait To Pen Blog Post Arguing For Government-Run Healthcare

    09/01/2019 5:41:48 PM PDT · by metmom · 27 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | February 8th, 2018
    SANTA ANA, CA—When local man Ralph Dunkley found himself in the midst of a three-hour-long wait for a two-minute service at his local DMV office, he decided to redeem the time by pulling out his iPad and carefully pecking out a 5,000-word blog post arguing in favor of a government-run healthcare system in the U.S. “America is way behind the rest of the civilized world—we need universal healthcare and NOW,” Dunkley typed as dozens of people around him moaned in agony while waiting in their seemingly never-ending DMV purgatory. “The United States government has more than proven its capability of...
  • Amtrak Shows off the New Acela Interiors You’ll See in 2021(hi-speed choo-choo)

    08/28/2019 7:47:37 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 49 replies
    thepointsguy.com ^ | August | Points Guy
    n a quiet, nondescript building off an interstate in Wilmington, Delaware, the future of America’s high-speed rail is taking shape. Amtrak gave select journalists, including TPG, a chance to tour full-scale mock-ups of the interior of its new high-speed Acela train cars, giving a sneak peek at what passengers will experience when the first cars are rolled out in spring 2021. American’s primary passenger train operator launched the Acela trains in 2000, and this is the first time since then that they are getting a new look and feel. While Amtrak’s Acela fleet currently lags behind high-speed trains in Europe...
  • Charges Dismissed Again in Deadly Philadelphia Amtrak Crash

    07/23/2019 12:33:17 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 30 replies
    The Herald ^ | 23 July 2019 | AP
    For the second time, a judge threw out all charges Tuesday against an Amtrak engineer for his role in a high-speed derailment in Philadelphia that killed 8 people, saying: "The law recognizes we're all human."
  • Truck driver found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter

    02/28/2019 1:16:34 PM PST · by csvset · 27 replies
    Daily Progress ^ | 28 Feb 2019 | Tyler Hammel
    After more than five hours of deliberation Wednesday, a jury found a trash truck driver not guilty in a fatal 2018 train crash. Dana Naylor Jr., 31, initially was charged with involuntary manslaughter and maiming while under the influence after authorities said he drove a Time Disposal garbage truck onto train tracks on Jan. 31, 2018, and was struck by a chartered Amtrak train carrying Republican members of Congress. The collision killed Chris Foley and severely injured Dennis Eddy. Both men were passengers in the trash truck. The DUI maiming charge was dropped Wednesday morning after being rendered moot by...
  • An Amtrak train with 183 passengers has been stranded in snowy Oregon since Sunday

    02/26/2019 7:50:23 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 59 replies
    CNN ^ | February 26, 2019 | Christina Maxouris and Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN
    (CNN)As record snow keeps falling in Oregon, almost 200 people remain trapped on an Amtrak train that came to a sudden stop Sunday evening south of Eugene. The train hit a tree that had fallen onto the tracks. It hasn't moved more than 30 hours. But with heat, power and (so far) food, passengers say the mood onboard is surprisingly upbeat. "It's just been like a giant kumbaya party," Rebekah Dodson told CNN early Tuesday. "Strangers are playing cards. A teenager played his ukulele to kids to get them to sleep. Ladies who have never met before were dancing in...
  • L.A.-Bound Amtrak Train With 183 Passengers Has Been Stranded in Oregon for More Than 24 Hours

    02/26/2019 7:18:34 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    KTLA ^ | 02/26/2019
    The train hit a tree that had fallen onto the tracks. It hasn’t moved more than 30 hours. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told CNN that none of the 183 passengers and dozen crew members were injured, but that “conditions further deteriorated with numerous track blockages from snow and fallen trees.” “Due to worsening conditions, area road closures and no viable way to safely transport passengers or crews via alternate transportation, Train 11 stopped in Oakridge, Oregon,” The train had power and enough food on board — for which passengers will not be charged, Amtrak said on Twitter on Monday. But...
  • An Amtrak train with 183 passengers has been stranded in Oregon for more than 24 hours

    02/26/2019 2:27:43 AM PST · by blueplum · 38 replies
    CNN via msn ^ | 26 Feb 2019 | Christina Maxouris
    An Amtrak train headed for Los Angeles with nearly 200 people on board came to a standstill Sunday evening after hitting a tree that had fallen onto the tracks. More than 24 hours later, there's still no movement. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told CNN none of the 183 passengers and dozen crew members were injured, but that "conditions further deteriorated with numerous track blockages from snow and fallen trees."
  • Amtrak Plan to Expand Ridership Could Sidetrack Storied Trains

    02/20/2019 2:51:40 PM PST · by Publius · 49 replies
    Wall Street Journal via MSN ^ | 20 February 2019 | Ted Mann
    Seeking to attract millions more passengers, Amtrak is preparing a large-scale overhaul of its national network aimed at boosting passenger service in the South and West—but at the expense of long-haul routes beloved by train buffs and their allies in Congress. The goal is to revamp the way Amtrak runs trains along the aging network of national routes it already maintains, with more frequent service between pairs of cities in the fastest-growing parts of the country, such as Atlanta and Charlotte, NC, or Cleveland and Cincinnati. Running more trains over shorter distances would allow Amtrak to better serve those commercial...
  • Conservative talk show host Doc Thompson killed by Amtrak train in Haltom City (TX)

    02/06/2019 3:35:25 PM PST · by GOP Congress · 54 replies
    Conservative talk show host Doc Thompson killed by Amtrak train in Haltom City ^ | 2/6/19 | Sarah Sarder Claire Z. Cardona Loyd Brumfield
    Talk show host Doc Thompson was killed by a train, of all things. I cannot explain this logic. Why would anyone jog along a railroad track of an active rail line? This is a tragedy, and he leaves behind a family at his home in Arkansas. RIP, Doc.
  • Amtrak Forgot Trains Aren't Planes

    01/24/2019 5:21:12 AM PST · by vannrox · 56 replies
    Townhall ^ | 22JAN19 | Salena Zito Salena Zito
    PITTSBURGH -- For nearly a quarter of a century, Amtrak's Capitol Limited route has taken me from my beloved hometown to Washington, D.C. Sometimes for fun, almost always for work, the experience is never the same. And if you are a rail lover, it is always about the experience. There is only one train that leaves the Pittsburgh station every day, and that is at 5:20 a.m. (which means your alarm goes off at 3:30 a.m.). Thanks to sharing the line with freight, that almost always means a 20- to 90-minute departure delay. Then there's the nearly eight-hour trip, twice...
  • Loud cell-phone talker removed from quiet car by police

    05/18/2011 1:13:16 PM PDT · by Allegra · 56 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Liz Goodwin
    A woman who was escorted off an Amtrak train by police this weekend after she allegedly refused to stop talking loudly on her cell-phone has the Internet cheering her fate. Civilians and quiet-car champions are supporting her ejection for violating policy at high volume during the 16-hour journey. It doesn't help her cause that she became belligerent when confronted about it by one of her fellow passengers. KOMO News reports that Lakeysha Beard says she felt "disrespected" by the incident, though passengers said it was Beard who was being rude by refusing to stop yapping while sitting in one of...
  • Brightline goes Virginal. What next?

    12/01/2018 1:11:42 PM PST · by Publius · 8 replies
    Railway Age ^ | 26 November 2018 | David Peter Alan
    Everybody has been watching Brightline, the bold upstart operator of private-sector passenger trains in a nation where every other scheduled train is operated in the public sector, either by Amtrak or by a local transit authority. There has been a lot of news about Brightline lately, and this writer originally intended to focus on the customer experience and the railroad’s plans for the future.Then came the news that Virgin Group’s Richard Branson is buying a position in the company and the brand will be sacrificed in favor of Virgin Trains USA. This news raises more questions than it resolves, and...
  • Second man killed by train in Moorpark had been placing flowers for previous train victim

    11/28/2018 6:00:55 AM PST · by Gamecock · 50 replies
    VC Star ^ | 11/26/2018 | Gretchen Wenner
    A man hit and killed by an Amtrak train Monday morning in Moorpark had been placing flowers on the tracks for another man fatally struck on Saturday by an Amtrak train, authorities said. Monday's fatality occurred around 11:33 a.m., when a northbound passenger train from Los Angeles was traveling through the city at about 70 mph, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, which provides police services in the city. The man, described as a 47-year-old Moorpark resident, was hit near Avenida Colonia and Nogales Avenue and was pronounced dead at the scene. Tracks in the area pass underneath Highway...
  • The Amtrak Era is Over; it’s Time for a Replacement

    10/09/2018 10:54:19 AM PDT · by Publius · 76 replies
    Railway Age ^ | 4 October 2018 | F. K. Plous
    Railway Age editor William C. Vantuono wondered recently what exactly Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson is trying to accomplish by truncating long-distance routes, replacing fresh dining-car meals with MREs, and replacing station agents with nobody. Is Anderson trying to drive passengers off the long-distance system so he can close it? (Ben Biaggini tried that at Southern Pacific in the 1960s, and it worked.) Is Anderson just trying to please Congress by reducing “money-losing” operations so he can look like the kind of fiscal tough guy currently in fashion in Washington? Or maybe Anderson is being tactical rather than strategic, plotting to...
  • How Amtrak Fails the National Parks and America

    08/11/2018 10:50:54 AM PDT · by Publius · 61 replies
    National Parks Traveler ^ | 8 August 2018 | Alfred Runte, Ph.D.
    The Last Train to Grand Canyon: How Amtrak Fails the National Parks — and America Editor's note: National parks historian Alfred Runte has over the years closely watched how Congress has managed and funded Amtrak. Although funding for Fiscal Year 2019 is halfway to being assured -- the Senate has approved $50 million for the railroad, but the House of Representatives has yet to take up the measure -- he reminds us that only weeks ago Amtrak’s board approved the scenario here. A stay of execution for the Southwest Chief aside, Dr. Runte continues to lobby for the trains Americans...
  • Question, has anyone here ever taken Amtrak and if so what did everyone think?

    06/16/2018 5:23:30 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 89 replies
    16 June 2018 | US Navy Vet
    My wife and I are thinking about going from Omaha to Wash DC and up to NYC and back next May.
  • Truck driver indicted over fatal wreck with lawmakers' train

    06/11/2018 10:48:14 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 10 replies
    WVNS TV59 ^ | June 11, 2018 | WVNSTV
    <p>CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A garbage-truck driver who drove into the path of an Amtrak train carrying Republican members of Congress, resulting in a wreck that left a co-worker dead, has been indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter and being under the influence.</p>