Latest Amtrak News

BNSF: Rail accident victims should have to use arbitration

Sep. 22, 2022 15:57 PM EDT

BNSF Railway Co. has asked a federal court to require victims of a deadly Amtrak crash in Missouri to pursue settlements through arbitration, rather than lawsuits. BNSF owns the railroad tracks used by Amtrak when a Southwest Chief train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago collided...

Amtrak works to restore routes after rail labor accord

Sep. 15, 2022 13:48 PM EDT

Amtrak on Thursday worked to accommodate travelers whose plans were disrupted this week ahead of a tentative railway labor agreement. Crowds were noticeably smaller at New Jersey stop on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor line between Philadelphia and New York hours after the agreement...

1 rail union rejects deal, 2 accept ahead of strike deadline

Sep. 14, 2022 20:01 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Members of one union rejected a tentative deal with the largest U.S. freight railroads Wednesday, while two ratified agreements and three others remained at the bargaining table just days ahead of a strike deadline, threatening to intensify snarls in the nation's supply chain...

EXPLAINER: Rail strike would impact consumers, businesses

Sep. 14, 2022 17:15 PM EDT

Commuters, food producers, refineries and others could all be affected if there is a nationwide rail strike at the end of this week. Members of one union rejected a tentative agreement that their leaders had negotiated with the biggest freight railroads, and three other unions were...

Amtrak restarting service from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C.

Sep. 01, 2022 16:15 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Amtrak will restart its Cascades passenger-train service between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, in September — earlier than the December restart date announced previously because of a lack of personnel. Service will resume on Sept. 26, according to a...

Advocates present plan for Portland to Auburn rail service

Aug. 25, 2022 15:27 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Advocates for passenger rail service between Auburn and Portland presented their proposal to a Maine Department of Transportation advisory panel on Thursday, a plan that comes against a backdrop of rail expansion nationwide. The route to be considered by the...

Amtrak service restored west of Albany after cleanup

Aug. 01, 2022 22:55 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Amtrak on Monday restarted train service west of Albany that was suspended last week over safety concerns from an old warehouse's crumbling wall. The section of track had been closed to passenger trains on Friday over worries about the structural integrity of...

Unstable upstate NY building interrupts some Amtrak service

Jul. 29, 2022 23:10 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Amtrak stopped running passenger trains Friday along a stretch of track near an old warehouse in Albany with an exterior wall in danger of partially collapsing. The track closure interrupted service west from Albany and complicated operations of Amtrak’s new...

Passenger rail return to Vermont city took vision, decades

Jul. 29, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — After a nearly 70-year absence, a passenger train running from Vermont's revitalized Burlington train station to New York City headed south Friday as part of a nationwide renewal of interest in rail travel. Last November, President Joe Biden, who famously...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jul. 21, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

The Advocate. July 18, 2022. Editorial: Work it out, somehow, to restore and expand passenger train service When Hurricane Katrina blew through the Gulf Coast, it devastated all sorts of infrastructure, including coastal highways — and train tracks. Now, a debate...