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Amtrak Train Freed From Snow After Being Stranded for 36 Hours in Oregon Mountains

An Amtrak train in rural Oregon was extricated on Tuesday morning after its 183 passengers had been stranded since Sunday evening because of a winter storm that dropped a foot of snow and toppled trees, according to Amtrak. Crews from Amtrak and Union Pacific, which owns the tracks, worked through […]

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USPS Suspends Mail Delivery, Amtrak Trains Canceled as Deadly Deep Freeze Envelops Midwest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A deadly arctic deep freeze enveloped the Midwest with record-breaking temperatures Wednesday, triggering widespread closures of schools and businesses, and prompting the U.S. Postal Service to take the rare step of suspending mail delivery to a wide swath of the region. Many normal activities shut down and residents huddled inside as […]

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Amtrak taking bids to replace decades old passenger cars

WASHINGTON — While Amtrak awaits arrival of its new Acela trainsets, it is moving forward with plans to replace its fleet of 470 passenger cars primarily used on the Northeast Corridor and adjoining corridors, many of which are 40 to 50 years old. Amtrak has released a Request for Proposals for a new fleet of […]

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Amtrak modifies service because of winter storms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amtrak is modifying service in the Northeast and Midwest because of winter storms moving through the region. The Capitol Limited, from Chicago to Washington, and the Lake Shoe Limited, from Chicago to New York, are canceled on Saturday. On Sunday, five Acela trains and six Northeast Regional trains will not operate between […]

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Amtrak taking bids for major Union Station makeover

WASHINGTON — Amtrak is one step closer to what will be a major renovation of its busy and sometimes chaotic passenger concourse at Union Station. It is part of Amtrak’s $2.45 billion investment in the Northeast Corridor, which will also eventually include faster and more frequent Acela service. Amtrak this month issued a Request for […]

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Amtrak IG: Safety, training, staffing and repairs are challenges

Amtrak customer satisfaction. Click to enlarge. WASHINGTON — Recent Amtrak crashes and a push to operate more like a business demonstrate some key challenges for the rail service’s growth in the future, Amtrak’s inspector general’s office found. Over the next two years, a report identifies key safety and security, governance and financial, customer service, procurement […]

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Union Station expansion could end up delayed and over budget

WASHINGTON — A major overhaul of Union Station meant to triple use of the station faces significant risks of coming in over budget and behind schedule, a new inspector general’s report warns. Amtrak is in the relatively early stages of a two-decades-long plan to create more and safer spaces for passengers and staff; to upgrade […]

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