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  • What to do with Your Home Movies - Amtrak Railroad Experience - Joseph Blanchard

    08/27/2017 6:16:46 PM PDT · by mairdie · 10 replies
    Over 15 hours of railroad travel compressed down to 7 minutes. Footage from various trips, on various trains, going in various directions. Clearly, I don't fly.
  • FRA to invite bids to replace Amtrak on certain routes

    08/05/2017 6:49:33 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 17 replies
    Progressive Railroading ^ | August 4, 2017 | Progressive Railroading
    The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has published a final rule for a new pilot program that would seek competitive bids from "eligible petitioners" to replace Amtrak as the operator of up to three long-distance routes. The rules fall under a provision of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act that requires the FRA to implement the pilot program. Published in the Federal Register last month, the final rule takes effect Sept. 5 and establishes a petition, notification and bid process by which the FRA will evaluate and select bids to provide passenger-rail service over particular long-distance routes. The rule also...
  • Fairfax Co. [VA] police: VRE train hits, kills 13-year-old girl

    06/29/2017 4:43:03 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 17 replies
    WTOP News [Washington, DC] ^ | June 29, 2017 4:00 am | Teta Alim | @teta_alim and Sarah Beth Hensley
    A 13-year-old girl walking on the bridge at Bull Run between Clifton and Manassas was struck and killed by a VRE train Wednesday afternoon. (Courtesy Chopper4/NBC Washington) WASHINGTON — Fairfax County police say a 13-year-old girl has died after she was hit by a Virginia Railway Express train on its Manassas Line Wednesday afternoon. The teen, whose name has not yet been released, was hit by a VRE train between mile marker 28 and 29 near Clifton, Virginia, around 3 p.m. Police said the girl had been hiking with two family members: a 13-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man. The...
  • Amtrak names new chief executive

    06/26/2017 11:25:55 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 26, 2017 | Lori Aratani
    Amtrak has named Richard Anderson, the former chief executive of Delta and Northwest airlines, as its new president and CEO. The announcement comes less than a year into the tenure Charles W. “Wick” Moorman, who took over as the passenger railroad’s chief executive in September 2016. Anderson, 62, does not have railroad experience, but does have decades of experience in the airline industry. He served most recently as executive chairman of the Delta Air Lines board of directors after serving as the airline’s CEO from 2007 to 2016. He also was executive vice president at United Healthcare from 2004 to...
  • Truckers to get overnight toll discount during NYC construction

    06/21/2017 7:44:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Fleet Owner ^ | June 13, 2017 | Neil Abt
    Truckers entering New York City by bridges and tunnels operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will receive a 50 percent discount on tolls during overnight hours this summer. From July 10 and Sept. 1, trucks will receive the discount between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. at the Henry Hudson Bridge, Whitestone Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge, RFK Triborough Bridge, Queens Midtown Tunnel, Hugh L. Carey Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge and Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge. The move is part of an effort to alleviate “the near-term summer crisis,” MTA said in...
  • Cuomo asks Trump for help with disastrous Penn Station

    05/22/2017 6:51:26 AM PDT · by 1Old Pro · 49 replies
    In a letter to Trump dated May 21, Cuomo requested “the federal government treat this as an emergency situation” and asked Trump to provide funding for construction and transportation alternatives, as well as for a long-term solution.
  • Pizza Delivery Man Takes Pie to Amtrak Train Stuck on Tracks for Hours After Hungry Passengers Call

    05/19/2017 10:59:55 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 6 replies
    nbcnewyork.con ^ | May 15, 2017
    A veteran pizza delivery man in Delaware got an order from an unusual address: an Amtrak train that got stalled on the tracks for hours on its way from New York to Washington, D.C. Passenger Mitchell Katz posted a video of delivery man Jim Leary walking up to the train Sunday evening as it sat on the tracks. People on board were getting restless after being left without access to food or water during the long delay and eventually some passengers came up with the idea of ordering a pizza, Katz said. -snip Leary, a driver for Dom's Pizza in...
  • Judge Orders Philly DA Office to Charge Amtrak Engineer

    05/12/2017 10:51:44 AM PDT · by Publius · 64 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 12 May 2017 | Chris Mondies
    President Judge Marsha Neifield of Philadelphia Municipal Court ordered the city District Attorney’s Office on Thursday to reverse course and charge Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment.  To avoid a potential conflict of interest, the District Attorney's Office responded that it would refer the prosecution to the state attorney general. Neifield issued the order following a request from lawyers for victims of the May 12, 2015, derailment of Amtrak Train 188 that the case be reopened. On Tuesday, the District Attorney's Office had said that, following a lengthy investigation, it had concluded there was insufficient evidence to...
  • Sewage Rains Down at Penn Station

    05/04/2017 9:36:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    NBC NY ^ | May 3, 2017 | Ray Villeda
    Commuters have often said Penn Station stinks. Not like this. A sewage leak from 2 Penn Plaza sent sewer water raining down on the Long Island Rail Road concourse Wednesday morning, an MTA spokesman confirmed.
  • Amtrak Service Resumes After Train Derailment in NYC

    10/05/2016 9:59:09 AM PDT · by milford421 · 12 replies
    From the article: "New York fire officials said several train cars came off the tracks at Longwood Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard in Hunts Point, Bronx, Wednesday morning."
  • Train Crash - Hoboken Station - Mass Casualties

    09/29/2016 5:59:26 AM PDT · by milford421 · 238 replies
    Twitter ^ | 9/29/16
    Train struck train station in Hoboken, NJ....mass casualties, reports of fatalities.
  • U.S. rail traffic down 7.9 percent in July

    08/05/2016 3:52:17 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 17 replies
    ProgressiveRailroading.com ^ | 5AUG2016 | Staff writer
    U.S. railroad traffic in July fell 7.9 percent to 2,027,768, carloads and intermodal units, compared with traffic volume in July 2015, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) announced this week. Total carloads in the month declined 8.8 percent to 1,025,367 units, compared with the same period last year. Railroads also transported 1,002,401 containers and trailers last month, down 6.9 percent compared with a year ago. Four of the 20 carload commodity categories tracked by AAR posted increases during the month. They included grain, up 15.3 percent or 12,641 carloads; waste and nonferrous scrap, up 25.9 percent or 3,400 carloads; and...
  • Washington's Union Station evacuated due to bomb threat: police

    07/27/2016 3:08:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:42pm EDT | Arshad Mohammed and Michelle Nichols
    Washington’s main railway terminal, Union Station, was evacuated on Wednesday because of a bomb threat, a police officer told Reuters. “We got a bomb threat,” the officer, who did not give his name, said as he urged people to leave Union Station in downtown Washington near the U.S. Capitol Building. …
  • Obama’s Dirty Watchdogs

    04/25/2014 8:18:24 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 3 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4/25/2014 | Michelle Malkin
    The Obama administration doesn’t have watchdogs. It has whitewash puppies. The president’s Chicago bullies have defanged true advocates for integrity in government in D.C. from day one. So the latest report by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Operations Committee on corruptocrat Charles K. Edwards, the former Department of Homeland Security inspector general, isn’t a revelation. It’s confirmation. Investigators found that Edwards compromised the independence of his office by socializing and sucking up to senior DHS officials. “There are many blessings to be thankful for this year,” the sycophantic Edwards wrote to the DHS acting counsel on Thanksgiving 2011, “but...
  • 2 dead after Amtrak train strikes backhoe on tracks near Philadelphia

    04/03/2016 7:32:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | April 3, 2016
    DEVELOPING:Two construction workers were killed when an Amtrak train traveling from New York to Savannah, Ga., Sunday struck a backhoe that was on the tracks about 15 miles south of Philadelphia, Delaware County officials said. Two construction workers were killed when an Amtrak train traveling from New York to Savannah, Ga., Sunday struck a backhoe that was on the tracks about 15 miles south of Philadelphia, Delaware County officials said. The crash, which occurred around 8 a.m., derailed the lead engine of Palmetto Train 89, according to a statement by Amtrak. One additional person was injured, according to NBC, which...
  • Amtrak train derails south of Philadelphia

    04/03/2016 7:18:45 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 9 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 3 | Staff
    PHILADELPHIA - An accident involving an Amtrak train near Philadelphia has led to the temporary shutting down of the Northeast Corridor service between New York and the accident site for Amtrak, one of the nation's busiest stretch of train tracks. In a statement, Amtrak said the Palmetto 89 train "operating from New York City to Savannah, Ga., struck a backhoe that was on the tracks and derailed the lead engine south of Philadelphia."
  • The Wreck of Amtrak 188

    01/27/2016 3:20:41 PM PST · by Publius · 37 replies
    The New York Times Magazine ^ | 26 January 2016 | Matthew Shaer
    From 30th Street Station, the train glided northwest out of Philadelphia, tracing the arc of the freeway. Near the old Schuylkill River Bridge, it jogged right, gathering speed, bound for the New Jersey border. Had you been standing anywhere near the tracks, you would have heard Amtrak 188 before you saw it, in the hum of the rail bed and the metallic shiver of the electricity in the overhead catenary wires. And then you would have felt it, in the vibration of the earth: the combined weight of a 98-ton locomotive and seven 50-ton cars, carrying a total of 258...
  • Railroads: Accountability equals safety

    12/18/2015 6:54:38 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 9 replies
    nj.com ^ | 12-17-15 | Bruce Stern
    The Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia six months ago killed eight people and injured more than 200, including many people from New Jersey. Jim Gaines, a 48-year-old husband and father of two from Plainsboro, was among those killed in the crash. We should be doing everything we can to ensure our nation's railways are safe. When crashes happen, those who are responsible should be held accountable, so that the people who have been injured or the families of those who have been killed have the opportunity to start rebuilding their lives. Those families are facing a hurdle, though. An obscure law...
  • 4 Hospitalized After Amtrak Passenger Train Derails in Vermont

    10/05/2015 9:04:04 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct 5, 2015 | EMILY SHAPIRO
    Four passengers were hospitalized after an Amtrak train derailed over an embankment in Northfield, Vermont, this morning, the Vermont State Police said.
  • The real reason American passenger trains are so bad

    06/14/2015 1:36:36 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 122 replies
    Vox ^ | June 12, 2015 | Matthew Yglesias
    The May Amtrak derailment outside of Philadelphia put the sorry state of passenger rail in the United States briefly back on the public agenda, leaving many people wondering not just about the specifics of the crash but about the more general issue — how is it that a rich and powerful country that was a pioneer in railroad adoption in the 19th century has such terrible trains? The United States is a big country, with lots of trains in it. So you can really think of this big generic question as composed of three separate questions with separate answers. One...