Latest Amtrak News

Amtrak train hits maintenance truck; 6 are slightly injured

Jan. 24, 2020 1:37 PM EST

NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) — An Amtrak train collided Friday with a maintenance truck working on the tracks in Connecticut, resulting in minor injuries to six people on the train, officials said. Two workers were inside the truck when they saw the train approaching as they worked on the tracks in Newington. The...

Amtrak ends policy resulting in $25,000 bill for activists

Jan. 23, 2020 7:29 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Amtrak has suspended a pricing policy that resulted in a $25,000 travel bill for a group of activists who use wheelchairs heading to an Illinois conference and rally on disability rights. The passenger rail agency had told Chicago-based Access Living its policy was to charge extra to...

Mobile dims chances for Amtrak renewal on Gulf Coast

Jan. 22, 2020 9:21 AM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Leaders in Alabama's port city of Mobile are dimming chances for reviving passenger train service along the northern Gulf Coast. Member of the City Council's finance committee withheld support for funding service through Alabama's port city during a meeting Tuesday. Al.com reported the...

Civil rights activist tweet: Was asked to give up train seat

Jan. 19, 2020 6:30 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Amtrak has apologized to civil rights attorney Sherrilyn Ifill after she said she was asked to give up her seat on a train at the start of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. Ifill described the incident — which sparked outrage from observers who drew comparisons of the indignities...

Hope is rail line ready in 2021 for new Vermont Amtrak route

Jan. 19, 2020 11:20 AM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont transportation officials said they are hopeful upgrades to the rail line between Rutland and Burlington can be ready sometime next year, which will make it possible to resume Amtrak rail service between the two cities. Officials have been working for years to upgrade the 75...

Amtrak pitches adding Nashville to Atlanta passenger train

Jan. 18, 2020 9:24 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Amtrak executives say they want to establish a passenger route from Nashville to Atlanta, with stops including Murfreesboro, Tullahoma and Chattanooga. According to news reports, Tennessee lawmakers heard the pitch from the the federally-owned passenger train corporation during a...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jan. 8, 2020 3:50 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: Trump’s Post-Soleimani World Wall Street Journal Jan. 6 It may be true that no good deed goes unpunished, but only the ever-active Donald Trump could take it upon himself to punish his own good deed. The good deed was ordering...

A man drives through a flooded roadway, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, near Littlerock, Wash. A storm that has brought record rainfall to the Northwest has prompted flood warnings, disrupted train traffic, closed roads and caused some power outages. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Landslide stops Amtrak service between Seattle, Portland

Jan. 7, 2020 11:07 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Amtrak officials say a landslide blocking the tracks has temporarily stopped train service between Seattle and Portland. The slide was reported Tuesday on the tracks between Tacoma and Lacey, Washington. Amtrak said it would provide alternate bus transportation for passengers between...

Governor wants to add tracks, access at Penn Station

Jan. 6, 2020 6:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The country's busiest train station would get new tracks, expanded terminals and better access for commuters under a plan announced Monday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo said he will propose acquiring the block south of Penn Station to add at least eight new underground tracks, which...

Confrontation outside NYC's Penn Station sends 1 to hospital

Dec. 30, 2019 9:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials are looking for a suspect after a confrontation outside Penn Station Monday evening sent a person to a hospital, authorities said. The encounter happened around 6:45 p.m. on the corner of Eighth Avenue and West 33rd Street, outside the busy transit hub, Amtrak spokeswoman...