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Illinois creates high-speed commission

Rail| May 7, 2010
The resolution creating the Commission, Senate Resolution 806, defines the group's mission as "recommending the best governmental structure for a public-private partnership to design, build, operate, maintain and finance a high-speed rail system for Illinois and the Midwest."

Amtrak: On pace to break ridership record

Rail| April 13, 2010
The 13.6 million passengers who rode on Amtrak trains during the first two quarters of FY 2010 (October 2009 - March 2010) contributed to a 4.3 percent increase over the same period the prior year. It also is about 100,000 more riders than the 13.5 million posted in FY 2008, which turned out to be Amtrak's best ridership year in company history when America's passenger railroad carried 28.7 million passengers.
Rail| April 7, 2010

Amtrak advancing PTC installations

To accomplish the self-imposed and accelerated timeline, Amtrak will submit a PTC Implementation Plan to the Federal Railroad Administration by April 16, as required by law, and is now designing the build-out of its existing PTC system along the Northeast Corridor.
Rail| March 30, 2010

Amtrak to operate Metrolink trains

The final agreement includes an initial four-year operating contract with the potential for two additional three-year extensions. Amtrak is to provide the train and engine crews required to operate the locomotives and railcars owned by Metrolink.
Rail| March 24, 2010

Amtrak reorganizing to advance high-speed rail

Will focus on Northeast Corridor and conduct the necessary planning activities required to provide: a major reduction in trip times between Washington, D.C. and New York and New York and Boston; a significant increase in the number of train frequencies; and determining the feasibility of increasing top speeds up to 220 mph.
Rail| March 18, 2010

Amtrak joins Twitter

By monitoring and “listening” to Twitter conversations about Amtrak, the rail provider seeks to better respond to passenger comments and service-related inquiries, provide updates on service enhancements and post information on promotions and events.
Rail| March 2, 2010

Amtrak Acela line intros Wi-Fi

Initially offered as a complimentary service, AmtrakConnect is available to every passenger onboard Acela Express both in Business and First class seating.
Rail| February 12, 2010

Calif. launches train safety campaign

Campaign is focused on 18 to 34-year-olds, who make up more than one-third of all railroad-related pedestrian casualties.
Rail| February 2, 2010

Amtrak to conduct Mich. HSR improvement study

Will examine all infrastructure needs and costs required to allow for 110 mph train service along the corridor including any upgrade of tracks, bridges, signal systems, highway-rail grade crossing warning devices and stations as well as analyze freight and passenger train operations.
Rail| January 12, 2010

Amtrak to make major upgrades in 2010

Plans include replacing and expanding fleet of locomotives and passenger railcars with the purchase of several hundred single-level and bi-level long distance passenger railcars and more than a hundred locomotives.

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