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Lack of PTC could force Amtrak to leave Kansas City
Lack of PTC could force Amtrak to leave Kansas City

February 4, 2015
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With the state not able to pay to install positive train control (PTC), Amtrak sent a letter to the Kansas City Terminal Railroad to notify it of its intention to terminate local Amtrak service, reported KMBC. Michelle Teel of the Missouri Department of Transportation testified in Washington last week, saying that Missouri pays for Amtrak service and the state doesn

Ind.'s Hoosier State line gets FRA extension
Ind.'s Hoosier State line gets FRA extension

April 8, 2015
to discuss the roles and responsibilities for providing safe passenger rail service. Indiana's contracts would require Amtrak and Iowa Pacific Holdings, separately, to comply with all Amtrak and FRA requirements. In addition, INDOT would designate a staff member responsible for overseeing contract compliance. "INDOT and the FRA share the guiding principles of access to safe mobility," Browning said

Photos: Chicago Union Station
Photos: Chicago Union Station

January 30, 2015
A glimpse of Chicago's Union Station, the third busiest rail station in the U.S. after New York's Grand Central and Penn Station. It is the city's primary terminal for commuter trains (Amtrak and Metra).

Amtrak reports record revenue
Amtrak reports record revenue

November 26, 2014
Amtrak reported unaudited record revenue totaling approximately $3.2 billion for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, representing the fifth consecutive year of revenue growth, and the eighth out of the past nine years. In FY 2014, Amtrak covered 93% of its operating costs with ticket sales and other revenues, up from 89% the year before. In addition, Amtrak’s unaudited federally funded operating

Gov. urges U. Illinois employees to use Amtrak
Gov. urges U. Illinois employees to use Amtrak

March 23, 2015
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — University of Illinois employees are being encouraged to take the Amtrak more often during travels to and from Chicago in support of the recent executive order issued by Gov. Bruce Rauner to reduce unnecessary travel, The Daily Illini reported. Executive Order 8 addresses Illinois’ fiscal crisis by recommending that state agencies require employees, whenever possible

Kustom Seating Introduces New Generation Intercity Rail Seat
Kustom Seating Introduces New Generation Intercity Rail Seat

January 5, 2015
Kustom Seating Unlimited Inc. (KSU) of Bellwood, Ill., developed its PRIIA intercity seat design to be utilized on the bi-level cars, which will be manufactured by Nippon Sharyo. The seats conform to Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA) Section 305 requirements, which were developed to promote the creation of standardized, interoperable equipment for Amtrak and states

Supreme Court weighing Amtrak's power over U.S. railroads
Supreme Court weighing Amtrak's power over U.S. railroads

December 10, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court appears divided on whether to reinstate performance standards Amtrak helped to create in 2010, which were negated last year by a federal appeals court, the USA Today reported. How the court decides the issue could have a major impact on the quality of passenger and freight rail service, according to the report. If Amtrak can set standards, it can

Amtrak adding new amenities to Hoosier State service
Amtrak adding new amenities to Hoosier State service

October 2, 2014
Amtrak is improving service for Hoosier State passengers who travel between Indianapolis and Chicago with the addition of complimentary on-board Wi-Fi, light food and beverages and Business Class seating, Amtrak President/CEO Joe Boardman announced at a series of events on the route in Indiana on Wednesday. The addition of the amenities is effective immediately. Amtrak is demonstrating its

N.C. Amtrak crash injures 55
N.C. Amtrak crash injures 55

March 10, 2015
HALIFAX, N.C. — Crews reopened U.S. Highway 301 early Tuesday, about 18 hours after an Amtrak train slammed into a tractor-trailer at a crossing in rural Halifax County WRAL reported. Fifty-five of the 212 passengers aboard the Carolinian No. 80 suffered minor injuries in the accident, which occurred at the intersection of U.S. 301 and N.C. Highway 903, about 30 miles north of Rocky Mount

Amtrak to invest $12 million for Chicago Union Station rehab
Amtrak to invest $12 million for Chicago Union Station rehab

January 29, 2015
CHICAGO — Amtrak announced it will invest $12 million to continue renovations of Chicago’s 90-year-old Union Station, including a redesign of the often-crowded passenger concourses, the Chicago Tribune reported. The Chicago Department of Transportation, Amtrak, which owns Union Station Co., Metra and other organizations have been working since 2010 on a master plan for a multibillion

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