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Biden voices support for rail

Rail| January 6, 2010
Vice President cites airport delays, road congestion, volatile fuel prices, increased environmental awareness, and a need for links between growing communities as reasoning.

Conn. puts $6M into Positive Train Control system

Rail| December 29, 2009
The funding will pay for the preliminary engineering work necessary for a PTC system, which the federal government has mandated be in widespread use by 2015.
Rail| December 10, 2009

Amtrak adds capacity, breaks Thanksgiving record

Comparing Thanksgiving 2009 to Thanksgiving 2008, there was a 5.5 percent increase in ridership on the Northeast Corridor, a 2.9 percent increase on state-supported trains and other short distance corridors, and a 4.7 percent increase on long-distance trains.
Rail| November 4, 2009

Amtrak debuts new website design

An enhanced fare-finder feature consolidates all booking functionality – reservations, train status, schedule search and the “My Trip” section – into a single dynamic menu. Customers can now find the train they want by sorting by departure time, lowest cost and trip time.
Rail| October 28, 2009

Report: Amtrak loses $32 per passenger

Subsidyscope calculated profits and losses per passenger to determine which routes cost Amtrak the most to operate. Its analysis was based on a 2005 GAO critique of Amtrak's accounting methods, which says the railroad should consider depreciation when calculating profitability.
Rail| October 14, 2009

Amtrak taps Jacobs for ARRA projects

Under this contract, Jacobs will manage, procure and administer, in part or in full, the design and construction of projects such as maintenance facility upgrades, bridge replacements, track work, security enhancements and various station improvements.
Rail| September 24, 2009

Rail groups push HSR, opposes gun provision

NARP also released a fleet expansion proposal; a blueprint that addresses the lengthy lead-times required for ordering new equipment, and will allow Amtrak to start working now to meet future needs. This proposal is available online.
Rail| September 18, 2009

Amtrak to launch restored Wash. rail service

The city partnered with the Port of Chelan, Chelan County Commissioners, Washington State Senator Linda Evans Parlette and U.S. Senator Patty Murray as they worked with Amtrak and BNSF representatives on the project.
Rail| September 9, 2009

Multi-force security deployed at Northeast stations

Part of coordinated effort involving activities such as heightened station patrols, increased security presence onboard trains, explosives detection canine sweeps, and random passenger bag inspections at unannounced locations.
Rail| September 4, 2009

Amtrak, CCJPA support Calif. Rail Safety Month

Key element of this program is to have local law enforcement officers ride in the locomotive to witness what train engineers observe daily — motorists driving illegally through rail crossings or someone trespassing on the tracks.

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