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Amtrak taps Accenture for ERP solution

Amtrak awarded Accenture a multi-year contract to develop and implement enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions to standardize key areas of Amtrak’s business operations. Under the terms of the contract, Accenture’s initial task is to develop a blueprint for Amtrak’s

Amtrak joins Twitter

Amtrak recently launched its Twitter page so passengers and rail fans alike can now follow Amtrak happenings on Twitter at @Amtrak.

Amtrak, IBM reach IT agreement

IBM announced it has signed a five-year information technology (IT) professional services agreement with Amtrak. Through the agreement, IBM will provide IT support to Amtrak focusing on improving the quality of service to Amtrak's 19,000 employees and over 28.7 million passengers

Amtrak, UATP announce agreement

Universal Air Travel Plan Inc. (UATP) and Amtrak announced a partnership that will enable UATP corporate card holders to make Amtrak purchases at all points of sale using their UATP cards. UATP accounts are accepted as a form of payment for corporate

Amtrak told to plan liquidation

A federal panel declared today that Amtrak will not meet a congressional deadline for self-sufficiency, which forces the railway to draw up plans for its own liquidation. The Amtrak Reform Council 6-5 vote does not mean Amtrak will close. Congress will review Amtrak's liquidation plan and create a proposal for a restructured national passenger rail system. Congress will make the final

Amtrak signs accountability agreement with U.S. DOT

An agreement between Amtrak and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) was signed Wednesday approving the passenger rail system's business plan for FY 2003, which executes the grant agreements under the Appropriations Act. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Michael P. Jackson acknowledged that the DOT's approval of the business plan "unambiguously communicated to Amtrak and its board

Amtrak announces new contest via Facebook

On Wednesday, Amtrak announced on its Facebook page the launch of "Create Our Contest Contest," a summer-long campaign that invites the general public to develop what will become its first user-generated contest. The goal of the campaign is to actively engage Amtrak's customers through social networking. To enter the contest users should log onto

Lawmakers promise fight over Amtrak funding

The leading House Democrat on transportation issues challenged the Bush Administration's proposal to eliminate subsidies to Amtrak. Minnesota Rep. Jim Oberstar, the senior Democrat on the Transportation Committee, said that Amtrak's funding future will come down to a "test of wills." The Bush Administration proposed eliminating Amtrak's operating subsidy and leaving $360 million to run

Amtrak president/CEO resigns

The National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak) announced the resignation of Alex Kummant, its president/CEO. "I'd like to thank Alex for his commitment to Amtrak over the past two years," said Hunter Biden, vice chair of the board. "Our board is committed to keeping

Conrail to pay Amtrak $3.5 million

Conrail will reimburse $3.5 million to settle claims it underreported miles for its use of Amtrak's rails. A 1986 contract required Conrail to report the mileage its trains traveled on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor and pay for track usage, U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan said Monday. Amtrak alleged that Conrail underreported millions of miles, said Rich Manieri, spokesman for the U

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