Latest Amtrak News

Amtrak buys new office building in Delaware

May. 22, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Amtrak is expanding its presence in Delaware with a new building, news outlets reported. The purchase of an eight-story building in Wilmington “is part of Amtrak’s long-term strategy to reduce costs by having employees work out of owned property,” Amtrak...

Judge reinstates charges in deadly Philadelphia Amtrak crash

May. 15, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has reinstated all charges brought against an Amtrak engineer for his role in a high-speed derailment in Philadelphia in 2015 that killed eight people. The ruling Thursday by Superior Court Judge Victor Stabile overturns a lower court's decision last July to dismiss the...

North Carolina-operated passenger train service suspended

May. 13, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State-sponsored train service between Raleigh and Charlotte will be suspended beginning next week because of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on revenues, North Carolina transportation officials said Wednesday. The Piedmont runs three trips a day between the state capital and North...

Amtrak to require face coverings beginning next week

May. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Amtrak will require passengers to wear face coverings beginning next week. The national railroad service announced Thursday that the new rules will go into effect on Monday. Passengers will be required to provide their own facial covering and wear it over their nose and mouth while in...

New York bound Amtrak train hits, kills Florida pedestrian

May. 5, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) — An Amtrak train fatally struck a pedestrian in Palm Beach County on Tuesday morning, authorities said. The man was hit by the train just before 10 a.m. just west of Interstate 95 i Lake Worth, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. Paramedics declared the man dead at...

U.S. officials award $5.5M for Gulf Coast train service

May. 3, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Plans to restore passenger train service along the Gulf Coast are getting a big boost. Members of Congress from Mississippi announced Friday that the Federal Railroad Administration had awarded just under $5.5 million to support operating costs for the first three years of the Amtrak...

Man hit, killed by Amtrak train in Salem

Apr. 30, 2020 8:03 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A 35-year-old man was killed by an Amtrak train in Salem, authorities said. Salem Police and medics responded around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to the train tracks at Blossom Drive NE and Indian School Road NE, the Statesman Journal reported. Witnesses told officers the man identified as...

Man walking on tracks fatally struck by Seattle-bound train

Apr. 23, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

STEILACOOM, Wash. (AP) — A man walking along train tracks in Washington state has died after being fatally struck by a train heading to Seattle, authorities said. The Steilacoom Police Department has said the man was walking on the tracks around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when he was hit by an Amtrak train at...

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2015, file photo, an Amtrak train arrives to Union Station in Washington. Amtrak trains and along with regional partner trains across the U.S. plan to give two blasts of their horns Thursday afternoon, April 16, 2020, in a salute to transportation workers, as well as health care workers, first-responders, child care workers, grocery store employees and other workers providing essential services during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Honk if you love transit workers! Trains salute vital staff

Apr. 15, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — U.S. train horns can deliver an ear-splitting jolt to drivers sitting in traffic or people drifting off to sleep at home, but on Thursday, they’ll be put to another use. At 3 p.m. EDT, trains across the U.S. will sound their horns to honor the transportation employees who are...