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December 5, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Senate and House approved a sweeping transportation bill Thursday that could help increase the compensation to victims of the May 12 Amtrak crash in Philadelphia and boost funding for rail safety - both steps coming in response to the derailment that killed eight people. The five-year, $305 billion bill includes policy provisions related to highway safety, railroads, and road programs. Several policy riders, though, including one to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, drew criticism, and some faulted the bill for being funded with gimmicks.
NEWS
December 3, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - More money could become available to compensate victims of the May 12 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia and fund rail safety upgrades under a bipartisan transportation bill, introduced Tuesday and expected to race to passage in Congress this week. Both provisions are small parts of a 1,300-page, five-year, roughly $300 billion package that touches on highway safety, railroad law, and road programs nationwide. The measure, agreed to by House and Senate negotiators to reconcile competing transportation bills, would raise the accident liability cap for railroads to $295 million, up from a $200 million cap first set in 1997.
NEWS
December 3, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
FEDERAL prosecutors yesterday charged a former Philadelphia School District police officer with allegedly impersonating a federal agent during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 and again at the fatal crash site of Amtrak Train No. 188 in May. Michael Alvaro, 37, of Frankford, allegedly entered the Amtrak crash scene May 12 by posing as an agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to an indictment presented yesterday in U.S. District Court...
NEWS
November 9, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert "Bobby" Bonds, 61, of Bala Cynwyd, an Amtrak executive who used his own recovery from addiction to fuel a program designed to help others, died Thursday, Oct. 29, of cancer at home. A 39-year Amtrak employee, Mr. Bonds devoted his life to Operation RedBlock, a drug and alcohol intervention and prevention program at the rail company that has grown to be a model for the nation and Europe. Developed more than 30 years ago, it provided guidelines for employees' families and friends on how to persuade loved ones to kick their addictions and stay substance-free.
NEWS
October 27, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
NEW JERSEY Gov. Christie, who has been quiet as a mouse in Republican presidential polls, roared so loudly into his cellphone while sitting in an Amtrak Quiet Car yesterday morning that he was asked to leave, according to Gawker and CNN. Amtrak's soothing Quiet Car description borders on faith-based reverence: "Need a quiet space to work or unwind? . . . Guests are asked to limit conversation and speak in subdued tones. Phone calls are not allowed. . . . Low overhead lighting creates a restful atmosphere for all passengers . . . " Christie shattered that restful atmosphere when he burst into the 9:55 a.m. northbound Quiet Car fresh from appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," in Washington, D.C., where he claimed that the "Black Lives Matter" movement is "calling for the murder of police officers.
NEWS
October 15, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The more than 60 personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits filed so far in the May derailment of Amtrak Train 188 will play out together in Philadelphia and under the watch of a single judge, a federal court panel said Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Legrome D. Davis was selected to oversee the cases by the federal Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, a group charged with organizing lawsuits likely to share similar pretrial issues filed before courts in different parts of the country.
BUSINESS
September 15, 2015
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has appointed Patricia A. Wilson vice president, chief of staff, and corporate secretary; promoted Stephen G. Hart to vice president in the human resources department; and promoted Keith Morales to vice president and information-security officer in the information-technology services department. Wilson had been a senior adviser to Fed president Patrick T. Harker, Hart had been assistant vice president in HR, and Morales had been assistant vice president and information-security officer.
NEWS
August 28, 2015
A person was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Wednesday afternoon in Delaware County, tying up rail traffic for more than three hours, officials said. The person, described as a trespasser whose body was so mauled that the gender could not be immediately determined, was hit by Train 97 about 5:15 p.m. near the Norwood Station, officials said. None of the 178 passenger on the train were injured. Amtrak and SEPTA rail service were delayed while authorities investigated the scene.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Department of Transportation is investigating possible price gouging by five airlines in the days immediately after the May 12 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that left thousands of regional commuters scrambling for travel alternatives. The department sent letters Friday to Delta, American, United, Southwest, and JetBlue, asking for price information for destinations between Washington and Boston during the time Amtrak service was suspended. Eight people died and more than 200 were injured when Train 188 derailed.
NEWS
July 22, 2015 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eli Kulp, one of America's most promising chefs, stepped into the quiet car of Amtrak Train 188 on May 12 and saw a new text message on his phone - a photograph. Kulp, who reinvented Fork and created High Street on Market in Philadelphia, has a 3-year-old son, Dylan, who loves trains. The boy loves Thomas the Tank Engine in particular, and Eli, like so many fathers, can name most of the Thomas & Friends characters. His favorite is Gordon, the big engine, since Eli is 6-foot-4, weighs 220 pounds, and is known in his Old City restaurants as "the Viking.
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