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Vermont marking return of Amtrak service after COVID

Jul. 19, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Celebrations were held at Amtrak stations across Vermont on Monday to mark the return of passenger rail service to the state. Both the Vermonter train and the Ethan Allen Express resume passenger service on Monday. The service was suspended last...

Washout repair necessary before Amtrak's service restarts

Jul. 15, 2021 12:04 PM EDT

DUMMERSTON, Vt. (AP) — The New England Central Railroad expects to have a washout repaired in time for the Amtrak Vermonter to resume passenger service for the first time since the pandemic started, an official said Thursday. On Wednesday heavy rains caused the Mill...

Rail officials push 15-year plan to boost Northeast Corridor

Jul. 14, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress eyes an infrastructure package, a coalition of transportation agencies and Amtrak on Wednesday released a 15-year plan of rail improvements for the congested Northeast Corridor that would boost daily train routes and significantly speed travel on Acela express...

Many Arizona mayors support passenger rail service expansion

Jul. 14, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego are among those asking Arizona’s congressional delegation to support Amtrak’s proposed expansion of frequent passenger rail service. Amtrak officials would like to see passenger rail...

Touting new trains, Amtrak CEO foresees riders heading back

Jul. 13, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Amtrak is betting big on a return of ridership. The nation’s passenger railroad wants to replace its nearly half-century-old fleet with state-of-the-art trains that can operate on electricity or diesel fuel. It plans to spend $7.3 billion to buy 83...

Amtrak's Downeaster beginning to bounce back from pandemic

Jul. 08, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Amtrak's Downeaster passenger rail service is steaming toward pre-pandemic norms as the coronavirus recedes in New England. Ridership for June will exceed 25,000 passengers, compared to 48,284 riders in June 2019, but just 768 in June 2020, said...

Amtrak plan to replace dozens of aging trains: cost $7.3B

Jul. 07, 2021 13:55 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Amtrak plans to spend $7.3 billion to replace 83 passenger trains, some nearly a half-century old, though much of the funding must still be approved by Congress. Amtrak said Wednesday that under the contract with German manufacturer Siemens AG, some of...

Party planned for Amtrak return to Vermont after pandemic

Jul. 03, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Officials are planning a celebration to mark the return of Amtrak passenger trains to Vermont later this month. The July 19 event at the Montpelier Amtrak station will also include officials from the town of Berlin and the Vermont Agency of...

Gov. Polis signs off on Front Range passenger rail district

Jul. 02, 2021 11:30 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has signed off on the creation of a new taxing district to coordinate the creation of a Front Range passenger railway up and down the Interstate 25 corridor. But don’t make any travel plans yet. The state may have a powerful...

2nd daily St. Paul-to-Chicago Amtrak train expected in 2024

Jun. 29, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A second Amtrak passenger train that will run between St. Paul and Chicago is expected to begin daily service in 2024, after Minnesota lawmakers set aside $10 million for the project. The money from the state was the final piece needed to make...