May 21, 2010, 5am PDT
The new Northeast Regional extension to Lynchburg, Virginia has met its goal of 51,000 riders project for its first year in the first six months.
April 28, 2010, 1pm PDT
Beef by-products, turned into bio-diesel, make up 20% of the fuel being used today by Amtrak's Heartland Flyer between Fort Worth and Oklahoma City.
April 7, 2010, 6am PDT
<em>The Infrastructurist</em>'s Melissa Lafsky is a guest on Fox Business News to discuss what role, if any, Amtrak will play in the U/S/ high speed rail network.
December 3, 2009, 5am PST
A 'staggering' number of the bridges used by Amtrak trains in and around New York City are in poor or worse condition.
October 28, 2009, 1pm PDT
The Senate transportation spending bill, signed last week, contains a provision requiring Amtrak to allow guns on its trains or lose its funding.
August 11, 2009, 12pm PDT
A recent partnership between Google and Amtrak will allow users of Google Maps / Google Transit to see Amtrak routes as a possible mode of travel, <cite> Webwire </cite> reports.
May 22, 2009, 9am PDT
Author Tom Vanderbilt suggests that train service has been headed in the wrong direction for the better part of a century.
March 19, 2009, 5am PDT
Amtrak's list of projects that will get stimulus funding is just about finalized, but this financial boost is just the beginning.
March 16, 2009, 10am PDT
High Speed Rail (HSR) is the favorite moniker to describe the new era of trains envisioned and partially down-paid by the recent stimulus. The idea, linking major regional corridors via fast trains that rival door-to-door times for air travel and put highways to shame, is a powerful elixir to the crunch of congested highways and airways that represented a failed – or to be more accurate, incomplete - twentieth century vision to satiate America's transport needs. Perhaps this vision, if implemented with undeterred gusto, can renew our perception of travel and convenience while simultaneously reinvigorating our gagged transportation system.
January 22, 2009, 2pm PST
Secretary of Transportation appointee Ray LaHood spoke to the Senate today about Amtrak, toll roads, and sustainability.
October 28, 2008, 11am PDT
Amtrak and other rail systems are using air travel as their model of service, which Alex Marshall argues is a big mistake given the advantages of rail that they fail to exploit.
October 19, 2008, 11am PDT
Two weeks after Congress passed HR 2095, Bush signed this bill to double Amtrak funding and mandate safety technology to prevent Metrolink-like crashes. It may be a precursor to greatly expanded transit spending in the next administration.
Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin
October 12, 2008, 1pm PDT
Northern California planner and lawyer Joel Ellinwood has committed himself to riding trains and public transit whenever possible. He's learning a lot along the way.
California Planning & Development Report
October 8, 2008, 2pm PDT
John McCain was one of two dozen senators to vote last week against a bill that included $1.5 billion to fund D.C. transit.
October 2, 2008, 2pm PDT
The Senate has passed a bill that will allocate $2.5 billion for Amtrak annually, with money going to operation, repairs, and new safety measures.
October 1, 2008, 10am PDT
Federal legislation that would require and partially fund Positive Train Control technology, which, had it been installed by Metrolink, would have prevented the Sept. 12 crash, is held up in the Senate by a fiscal hawk wary of funding Amtrak.
September 15, 2008, 9am PDT
"Good Morning America" in cooperation with Amtrak will launch a 'Whistle-Stop' Tour at Grand Central Station on Mon, Sept. 15 - one full week live, two hours daily from a moving train featuring five station stops, making for a 'technology first'.
September 15, 2008, 6am PDT
This article from <em>Next American City</em> looks at rising ridership on Amtrak and how the train operator is not quite ready to handle it.
August 26, 2008, 9am PDT
Transit supporters may have reason to rejoice in the selection of Sen. Joe Biden as Obama's V.P. pick.
July 25, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Former travel editor Catherine Watson is interviewed on NPR's "Talk of the Nation" about her Amtrak trip on three long-distance trains from Minnesota to New Mexico that illustrate the difference between travel and transportation.</p>
National Public Radio - Talk of the Nation