January 7, 2011, 11am PST
It's not just the High Speed Rail project making news these days in California. The three 79 mph, state-subsidized inter-city lines: Capitol Corridor, San Joaquin, and Pacific Surfliner (nation's second busiest), all registered riderships gains.
December 31, 2010, 1pm PST
The noted "antiplanner" tells the story of how, while riding a train across California, he discovered that transportation policy is driven by corrupt politics - and how he got the girl in the process.
December 16, 2010, 11am PST
Without doubt, the pride of the Amtrak fleet is the ten-year-old Acela train, the closest thing to high speed rail in existence in the United States. This piece looks at the current service and Amtrak's hope for the future for the northeast route.
November 9, 2010, 5am PST
Amtrak may work with NJ Transit to build a second set of tunnels (previously known as ARC that was scuttled by NJ Gov. Christie) under the Hudson River, possibly to connect with New York's Penn Station, according to an Amtrak VP and NJ Transit.
October 29, 2010, 7am PDT
Yonah Freemark looks at how to increase rail ridership without adding trains.
October 21, 2010, 1pm PDT
Officials in the Pacific Northwest are calling for a high speed rail line that connects British Columbia with California.
September 30, 2010, 2pm PDT
Amtrak has unveiled a $117 billion plan to build and increase high speed rail in the U.S.
September 25, 2010, 9am PDT
As Amtrak seeks to create and expand high-speed passenger train operations in the United States, the company on Thursday named Philadelphia rail expert Albrecht "Al" Engel to head its new high-speed rail department.
June 30, 2010, 5am PDT
Amtrak Chief Joseph Boardman says now is a good time for the much-troubled national rail system. Support from the federal government is helping the system grow and improve, according to this interview.
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.