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Topeka police say officers fatally shot knife-wielding man

Jun. 24, 2022 15:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Three officers have been placed on paid leave after fatally shooting a knife-wielding man at an Amtrak station in Topeka, police there said. The shooting happened around 10 a.m. Friday after police were called to the station for reports of a man armed with a...

It's official: Amtrak to begin Burlington runs on July 29

Jun. 16, 2022 19:39 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — ___This stThe long-awaited return of passenger rail service to Vermont's largest city for the first time in nearly 70 years is set for July 29, state transportation officials announced Thursday. That’s the date Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express...

Amtrak settles with ex-engineer in 2017 Washington crash

Jun. 06, 2022 19:18 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Amtrak has agreed to pay an ex-engineer for his pain and suffering caused by a 2017 derailment when his train sped off a curve in DuPont, Washington, killing three people and injuring dozens. Minneapolis lawyer Fred Bremseth described the settlement as large, saying...

Report faults Amtrak purchase of Wilmington office building

May. 21, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A report by Amtrak's inspector general found that the train service's $41 million purchase of an office building in Delaware has failed to provide savings that were projected. Amtrak estimated it would save close to $50 million by consolidating operations in...

Man gets 5 years for brandishing knife on train

May. 19, 2022 16:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced an Oregon man to five years in prison Thursday for brandishing a knife on an Amtrak train passing through Wisconsin. U.S. District Judge William Conley sentenced 32-year-old Timothy Thomas of Portland on Thursday. Thomas pleaded...

Amtrak train from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C., postponed

May. 14, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Amtrak will postpone restoring its Cascades passenger-train service between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., until possibly December because of a lack of personnel. The service gap occurred despite the Biden administration’s much-hyped $66 billion allotted in the...

Amtrak train kills 2 people on tracks in Biddeford

May. 08, 2022 18:44 PM EDT

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Two people were killed by an Amtrak train Sunday in the southern Maine town of Biddeford, police there confirmed. An Amtrak spokesperson said the two people were trespassing on the tracks at around 11 a.m. when they “came into contact with the train"...

Amtrak starts New York-Berkshires seasonal train service

Apr. 26, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Berkshires of western Massachusetts, one of the state's most popular touríst destinations, will be easier to reach for the next two summers with the launch of seasonal Amtrak service from New York City. The Berkshire Flyer service will start July 8 and...

Construction on key Northeast corridor rail bridge gets OK'd

Apr. 07, 2022 14:26 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Construction to replace a century-old rail bridge that has been a regular source of delays on the corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C. has received the go-ahead to start. New Jersey Transit announced Thursday it had issued a notice to proceed for the...

Vermont warning of rail danger after Amtrak close calls

Apr. 05, 2022 16:30 PM EDT

Vermont Transportation Agency officials are warning about people walking along the newly refurbished railroad line between Burlington and Rutland where Amtrak trains are conducting full-speed test runs. The Transportation Agency’s Toni Clithero made the comments Tuesday, a day...