Issue / Amtrak

Looking Back – When Amtrak Almost Got its Own Trust Fund in 1997

The discussion in this week’s House high-speed rail hearing of a possible federal trust fund to support Amtrak capital expenditures...

Amtrak at 50: How McKinsey Designed A National Railroad

(Part one of this series told the story of how Congress passed, and Richard Nixon at the last minute decided to sign, the October 1970...

Say It Ain’t So, Amtrak Joe

Jeff Davis was surprised to see Amtrak's 2035 Vision included a Minneapolis-Duluth line that former Minnesota congressman Jim Oberstar...

Amtrak at 50: Defining the “Basic System” of Service Routes

President Richard Nixon, against the wishes of his senior White House advisers, signed the Rail Passenger Service Act into law on...

Railroads Successfully Implement Positive Train Control Technology Two Days Before Extended Deadline

The railroad industry can finally rest easy after the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)  announced the successful implementation...

11-year Saga Over Amtrak’s On-Time Performance Metrics Comes to an End

It seems fitting that the “Amtrak Joe” Biden Administration will be able to use new data to evaluate the performance of America’s...

Amtrak at 50: The Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970

Fifty years ago today, President Nixon signed into law the Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970 (Public Law 91-518), relieving the...

Amtrak Asks for $5 Billion in House Subcommittee Hearing

On Wednesday, September 9, the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing about recent events...

FTA Allocates $248 Million to Portal North Bridge Replacement

The Trump Administration this week formally allocated its first funding for any project in the "Gateway" portfolio of passenger rail...

Labor Unions Ask USDOT for Mandated Passenger Face Masks

On July 27, Larry Willis, the President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), sent a letter on behalf of TTD’s 33...

White House Submits Sixth Amtrak Board Nomination as Senate Prepares to Move Rail Nominees

This week, President Trump formally nominated a sixth person to be a member of the Amtrak Board of Directors – former Congressman...

White House to Nominate Two Democratic Members to Amtrak Board

The White House announced yesterday that President Trump will soon be making two more nominations to the Amtrak Board of Directors....

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