Latest Amtrak News

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...

Jury awards $8M to woman in 2017 Amtrak train derailment

Apr. 05, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal jury in Tacoma has awarded $8 million in damages to a woman hurt in the 2017 Amtrak train derailment that spilled passenger cars onto Interstate 5, killing three people. The jury found in favor of Emily Torjusen on Monday after a four-day trial before...

Federal board ponders future of Gulf Coast passenger trains

Apr. 04, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

A federal board began hearing testimony Monday on whether to let Amtrak resume passenger train service linking New Orleans and Alabama's main port city over the objections of freight companies. The hearing, conducted virtually by the Surface Transportation Board, will help determine...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Apr. 04, 2022 15:54 PM EDT

Cleveland Plain Dealer. April 2, 2022. Editorial: Could Ohio lose out on tens of millions in federal passenger rail investments? With $66 billion on the table in federal infrastructure funding to expand Amtrak passenger service nationwide, some states have been...

Phoenix woman fatally struck by train in downtown Flagstaff

Mar. 28, 2022 16:43 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A pedestrian who was fatally struck by a train in downtown Flagstaff has been identified as a Phoenix woman, authorities said Monday. Flagstaff police said 25-year-old Larilynn Ben was attempting to cross between cars of a stopped Amtrak train around 9:30...