Latest Amtrak News

$10M verdict for man injured in Amtrak derailment

Feb. 13, 2020 10:31 AM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A jury has awarded more than $10 million to a man who was seriously hurt when an Amtrak train derailed between Tacoma and Olympia in 2017. Donnell Linton, 47 of Renton, is one of many passengers of Amtrak Cascades 501 who sued Amtrak after the train left the tracks and some of its cars...

Rail bridge OK'd to seek fed funds; tunnel doesn't make cut

Feb. 11, 2020 12:03 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Two long-delayed New York-area rail projects received mixed reviews from federal officials Monday, as a plan for a replacement for a century-old bridge earned high enough marks to finally qualify for federal funding but a larger project to build a new tunnel under the Hudson River remained...

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Liz Weston: I travel-hacked a college tour and saved $3,000

Feb. 4, 2020 10:54 AM EST

Amtrak’s “buy one, get one” spring sale got me started. My teenage daughter and I had used a similar two-for-one deal last year to take an overnight train trip from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon. This year, she wanted to use her spring break to check out colleges in Chicago as well as the...

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...

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...

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...

Virginia to boost passenger rail service to DC

Dec. 19, 2019 5:55 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is planning a $3.7 billion effort to boost passenger rail service between the state and Washington, D.C. as part of an effort to lessen congestion in one of the country's worst areas for traffic. Gov. Ralph Northam announced a plan Thursday that includes building a new...