Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Rail Stakeholders Push 15-Year Plan for Northeast Corridor

Sen. Chuck Schumer and DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg hold a decaying piece of a rail tunnel Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg (right) hold a decaying piece of a rail tunnel during a press conference. (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — As Congress eyes an infrastructure package, a coalition of transportation agencies and Amtrak on July 14 released a 15-year plan of rail improvements for the congested Northeast Corridor that would boost daily train routes and significantly speed travel on Acela express lines.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
July 14, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Hudson River Rail Tunnel Gets Environmental OK

Hudson River Tunnel Train tracks run through the North River Tunnel on Amtrak's northeast corridor line in New York. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Amtrak’s proposed $11.6 billion passenger rail tunnel between New York and New Jersey received long-delayed environmental clearance from U.S. officials, the project’s biggest step forward in years. The decision is crucial to start the next phase of work and secure billions of federal dollars for what’s considered one of the most vital U.S. infrastructure needs.

Elise Young | Bloomberg News
May 28, 2021
Government, Business

Rep. Donald Payne Aims for Railroads Subcommittee Chairmanship

Amtrak train New Jersey An Amtrak train exits the North River Tunnel in North Bergen, N.J. (Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg)

A senior member of New Jersey’s congressional delegation is vying to lead the panel with jurisdiction over the country’s freight and passenger railroad affairs.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 12, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics

Amtrak Names Former Air Cargo Executive as New CEO

Amtrak Acela train in Massachusetts An Amtrak Acela Express train pulls into a station Dec. 5, 2018, in Westwood, Mass. (Bill Sikes/Associated Press)

Amtrak named a former air cargo executive as its new president and chief operating officer March 2.

March 2, 2020
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

Amtrak Blames Freight Trains for Passenger Delays Getting Worse

Amtrak train An Amtrak passenger train emerges from the North River Tunnels, coming from beneath the Hudson River to North Bergen, N.J. (Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg News)

Amtrak's "on-time performance" for its increasingly popular passenger trains is sliding to new lows, and it says that slow-moving freight trains that use the same tracks are to blame.

Bill Laitner | Detroit Free Press
February 24, 2020
Government, Business

Amtrak’s $2.1B Acela Upgrade May Miss 2021 Planned Start

An Amtrak Acela train sits on tracks at Union Station in Washington, D.C., in January 2019. An Amtrak Acela train sits on tracks at Union Station in Washington, D.C., in January 2019. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Amtrak’s $2.1 billion upgrade to its high-speed Acela rail service between Washington and Boston may miss a planned start of paid customer service in 2021, according to the railroad’s internal watchdog.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
January 23, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, TCA

Bill Would Let Amtrak Sue Freight Railroads

Amtrak train Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg

CARBONDALE, Ill. — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced legislation Nov. 21 that would extend to Amtrak the ability to sue freight railroads if it believes that they are failing to give preference to passenger rail operating on their rail lines, as federal law requires.

Molly Parker | The Southern Illinoisan (Carbondale)
November 22, 2019

Amtrak Anti-Crash System May Malfunction Near Freight Rails

Tim Boyle/Bloomberg News

Radio interference from freight railroads may disable the automated solution Amtrak is finalizing to prevent high-speed derailments such as last month’s fatal accident in Philadelphia.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
June 11, 2015

Rep. Lee Zeldin: ‘Shameful and Disgusting’ to Blame Funding for Amtrak Derailment

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON – As a June 2 House hearing on Amtrak was about to wrap up, New York Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin criticized Democrats who were quick to argue that the May 12 derailment of an Amtrak train could have been minimized had the railroad’s funding requests been met over the years.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 2, 2015