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May 16, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph Boardman, chief executive of Amtrak, defended Amtrak's safety record Thursday, even as he lamented that Tuesday's deadly derailment may "have destroyed the confidence of people" who ride the railroad. He also said Amtrak has been underfunded for decades and must have more money to rebuild the century-old underpinnings of the Northeast Corridor, the nation's busiest rail route. He said Amtrak officials have not interviewed the engineer of Train 188, who apparently was operating the train at twice the 50-mile-per-hour speed limit entering a sharp curve in Port Richmond.
NEWS
March 19, 2011
Amtrak said Saturday afternoon that it had resumed service in the Northeast Corridor -- and on its Keystone Service, across Pennsylvania -- after a temporary suspension because of earlier power outages. "Passengers should expect residual delays along these routes," Amtrak said. SEPTA reported at 11:45 a.m. Saturday that delays on its regional rail lines were gradually coming to an end. It said it was resuming regular train service after earlier disruptions caused by Amtrak power problems.
NEWS
July 20, 2000
The Amtrak police force abides by local procedures for handling cases in which an individual appears to be a threat to himself or others. At 30th Street Station, we would abide by the Philadelphia police force's procedures. Rick Remington Amtrak spokesperson
NEWS
March 19, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Amtrak's board of directors has selected Anthony R. Coscia as its new chairman. Coscia, 53, of North Caldwell, N.J., is a real estate finance attorney who previously served as chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Coscia, appointed to the nine-member Amtrak board by President Obama in 2010, replaces fellow Democrat Thomas C. Carper, of Illinois, whose term expired Saturday.  
NEWS
December 24, 1986
Here we go again. Just a few months ago, the Congress rejected President Reagan's proposal to eliminate Amtrak, and he is back with the same idea. For whatever reason, the President seems obsessed with the desire to abolish Amtrak. The Inquirer's Dec. 16 editorial calling the selling of Amtrak a "fiscal fantasy" is right. Amtrak provides a vital service to our country, and by all means it should be continued in its present form. Amtrak and its employees have, since its inception, continuously improved service and productivity.
NEWS
April 18, 1989 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amtrak wants a federal judge to invalidate the 39-m.p.h. speed limit set by Pennsauken on trains passing through the township. The National Railroad Passenger Corp., which operates Amtrak, sued the township Friday, arguing that federal regulations regarding train speeds supersede any state or local laws. Concerned about public safety in the wake of plans to build the so-called Gamblers' Express train line between Philadelphia and Atlantic City, Pennsauken passed an ordinance on Oct. 27, 1986, imposing the 39-m.
NEWS
June 12, 2008 | By Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With highways clogged and gas prices soaring, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D., Pa.) sees Amtrak as a commuting option for his Bucks County constituents who work in New York. Amtrak, however, does not share Murphy's view. The financially strapped national railroad sees its limited Northeast Corridor seats as best utilized by full-fare spot travelers, not daily commuters paying discounted monthly rates. Yesterday, those philosophies were set on a possible collision course when Murphy amended a funding bill to force Amtrak to consider increasing stops and lowering fares for riders using Bucks County's only Amtrak station.
NEWS
October 20, 1997 | by Frank Dougherty, Daily News Staff Writer
SEPTA has put on hold the emergency alternative service plan it had developed in anticipation of a strike Wednesday against Amtrak by the Brotherhood of Maintenance & Way Employes. "With Amtrak and the BMWE agreeing yesterday to a one-week extension of the Wednesday 12:01 a.m. strike deadline, we have suspended for the time being implementation of the plan," said Stephan Rosenfeld, SEPTA assistant general manager of public affairs. Plans to begin passing out pamphlets this morning at SEPTA regional rail stations to commuters on the R1 Airport, R2 Newark/ Wilmington, R5 Downingtown/Paoli, R6 Cynwyd, R7 Trenton and R8 Chestnut Hill lines have been suspended as well.
NEWS
February 24, 2005 | By NORMAN Y. MINETA
SOMETIMES in government, it takes more than words to bring about change. Earlier this month, President Bush, frustrated that Congress had not moved on his proposed reforms to the passenger rail system, said that subsidies for Amtrak should be eliminated starting Oct. 1. Since then, something interesting has happened: lawmakers, journalists and citizens are starting to talk seriously about the future of passenger trains in America. Many have been critical of the changes the president and I have proposed.
NEWS
October 11, 2012
Amtrak set another ridership record for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, carrying 31.2 million passengers. Ridership was up 3.5 percent from the previous year, while ticket revenue grew by 6.8 percent to a record $2.02 billion. The ridership record was the ninth in the last 10 years. The national railroad, created in 1971 after private railroads went bankrupt, required a federal subsidy of $1.42 billion for operating costs, capital expenses and debt-service. That was down from $1.48 billion in 2011 and $1.57 billion in 2010.
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NEWS
September 17, 2016
An unidentified person was struck by an Amtrak train Thursday afternoon in Delaware County, causing a halt in service on SEPTA's Wilmington-Newark Line, officials said. About 3:35 p.m., Acela Express train 2121 heading south hit the person about a half mile from the Norwood Station. There was no immediate word on the condition of the person who was struck. None of the 206 passengers were hurt, but the train was stopped for the police investigation. Other Amtrak trains were getting through the area because two of four tracks were still open, an Amtrak spokesman said.
NEWS
August 29, 2016 | By Mike Newall, Columnist
It is the sound of the station. More so than the distant rumble and roar of the trains, than the jostling and jockeying of the taxi line, than even the daily din of hurried travelers echoing through the grand hall of 30th Street Station. Even in the quiet hours it is there, signifying comings and goings: Clickety-clack, clickety-clickety-clack. For more than three decades, by far the most charming sound of 30th Street Station has been the ticker-tape whirl of the giant flip-board departures board, an anachronistic thing in a city slowly but steadily shedding its anachronistic trappings.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Consider it a tale of two transportation modes. Go to JFK Boulevard in University City and you'll see travelers huddled on the sidewalk like refugees, in the scorching sun of summer and the chilling wind of winter, while they wait for buses to New York or Washington. Then walk across the street to the soaring waiting room of 30th Street Station , where Amtrak riders heading to the same destinations relax in climate-controlled comfort, sipping lattes until their trains are called.
NEWS
July 23, 2016 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Staff Writer
An excessive heat watch has been issued for the Philadelphia area for the weekend. The National Weather Service said the watch is for the period from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon when the highs will be in the mid to upper 90s with heat index values of up to 105 degrees. There will be little relief at the Shore as winds will be coming mostly from mainland. The NWS said the watch could be extended as get closer to the weekend. The high for Thursday will be about 90 degrees and maximum tempertures of 90 and above are forecast through next Wednesday.
NEWS
July 17, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A person died after being struck by an Amtrak train Friday morning in Delaware County. The Northeast Regional train traveling from Washington to New York hit someone who was on the tracks in Prospect Park just after 11 a.m., according to Amtrak. Further information about the person wasn't available. It wasn't immediately known why the person was in the track area. No passengers or crew members were injured. Amtrak service and SEPTA's Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail line were suspended for several hours while authorities responded to the scene.
BUSINESS
June 17, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
Amtrak and its partners in the proposed redevelopment of a massive swath around 30th Street Station in University City say the decades-long plan - including partially capping the adjacent rail yard - will involve $6.5 billion in infrastructure funding and private investment. The financial projection is part of the planning team's final blueprint for the 175-acre site extending northeast from 30th Street Station, to be released Thursday morning. Publication of the 30th Street Station District Plan ends a two-year, $5.25 million study led by Amtrak, Drexel University, Brandywine Realty Trust, SEPTA, and PennDot for the area between Walnut and Spring Garden Streets east of Drexel's campus and Powelton Village.
NEWS
June 9, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
Scrutiny of the engineer who operated a train that derailed in Philadelphia last year, killing eight passengers, isn't over yet. On Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board plans to issue its final report about the May 12, 2015, derailment, and is expected to reiterate its conclusion that engineer Brandon Bostian lost "situational awareness" and accelerated to 106 mph heading into the Frankford Curve, where the speed limit is 50 mph. ...
BUSINESS
June 4, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
The family of an Amtrak employee killed when a train hit a backhoe he was operating in Delaware County filed suit against the national rail company Thursday, blaming negligence for his death. Joe Neal Carter Jr., 61, of Wilmington, died April 3, along with another Amtrak worker, Peter John Adamovich, 59, of Lincoln University, Pa., while both worked on tracks in Chester City. Carter, lawyers Thomas Kline and Robert Mongeluzzi said at a news conference, was a victim of "colossal miscommunication.
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis, Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for developer Carl Dranoff to build a luxury apartment and retail complex on the Main Line, ending a challenge by residents to stop the decade-old Ardmore project. In an order that consisted of a single sentence, the state's highest court affirmed a Commonwealth Court ruling late last year allowing state grant money to be used to help build Dranoff's One Ardmore Place. Residents in the Save Ardmore Coalition had argued that the $60 million, eight-story complex of high-end apartments, a parking garage, and street-level shops and restaurants was a misappropriation of state tax dollars.
NEWS
May 19, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin and Jonathan Tamari, STAFF WRITERS
WASHINGTON - The engineer who derailed an Amtrak train lost his bearings shortly before he accelerated into a dangerous Philadelphia curve last year, likely because he was distracted by radio talk about a SEPTA train struck by rocks, federal investigators concluded Tuesday. Their report offered the clearest explanation yet for the May 12 crash of a New York City-bound train that killed eight people and injured about 200. "The engineer's world is one of fallible human decisions and actions in an imperfect environment," said Christopher Hart, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
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