August 16, 2013 |
Pennsylvania transportation officials are trying to reach agreement with Amtrak on a funding plan to keep passenger trains running from Philadelphia to Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. An Oct. 1 deadline looms as Amtrak negotiates with officials from 16 states, including Pennsylvania, over the operating and capital subsidies the states must provide, under a 2008 federal law. Three other states - Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin - have come to terms with Amtrak. In Pennsylvania, Amtrak operates the popular Keystone Express trains between Philadelphia and Harrisburg and the once-daily Pennsylvanian trains between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.
August 15, 2013 |
Update : The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF 0 scale tornado (winds 65 to 85 m.p.h.) touched down in the Manahawkin section of Stafford Township, Ocean County on Tuesday. Earlier story: treets from Coatesville to Ship Bottom went Venetian, flash flooding was ubiquitous, and "rush hour" became even more of an oxymoron than usual. On Tuesday morning, the soggiest summer on record added dramatic twists to its growing legacy, with potent storms that took down trees, closed roads, and put the brakes on mass transit at the height of the morning commute.
July 21, 2013 |
Amtrak says it anticipates imposing speed restrictions on Northeast and Keystone Corridor trains because of the heat. Riders on Amtrak as well as SEPTA and N.J. Transit trains that operate on the two corridors should expect 10-20 minute delays, Amtrak said. Amtrak said speed restrictions are implemented when internal rail temperatures - not ambient temperatures - exceed 120 degrees. Amtrak engineers monitor track temperatures in real-time via electronic probes attached to the rails.
July 11, 2013
Amtrak reported June ridership was the highest ever for that month, up 1.7 percent over the previous record, set in 2012. Amtrak said it carried 2.804 million passengers in June, up from 2.757 million in June, 2012. Through the first nine months of its fiscal year, Amtrak is on pace to exceed its all-time annual ridership record of 31.2 million passengers, set last year, the railroad said Tuesday. The announcement of record ridership came as Amtrak and its supporters try to stave off efforts in Congress to cut its $1.4 billion federal subsidy by 31 percent.
July 10, 2013 |
Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D., Pa.) made a whistle-stop plea Monday for Congress to block efforts to cut Amtrak funding 31 percent. Casey said $350 million in cuts proposed by House Republicans would cost Amtrak workers their jobs and Amtrak passengers their rides. With Amtrak ridership at record levels, Casey said, "it would be a mistake to adopt the House number. " The Senate and House appropriations committees last month approved very different budgets for Amtrak for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1: the House, $950 million, and the Senate, $1.45 billion.
June 28, 2013 |
WILMINGTON - Here in a small test kitchen on a dead-end street, some of the food world's greatest minds are at work. Their task might seem impossible, but they believe they can make a difference for millions of Amtrak riders, one roasted chicken at a time. Amtrak has gone gourmet - or at least it's trying to. The rail agency has hired some of the most accomplished chefs in the country, who come together each spring to brainstorm new dishes for Amtrak's menus. The annual chefs' gathering is part of an effort to change the way riders think about train cuisine.
June 25, 2013
By John A. Fry The United States is witnessing something that seemed next to impossible not long ago - the rebirth of its urban centers. Nowhere is this seismic shift more prevalent than along the 450 miles stretching from Washington to Boston, otherwise known as the Northeast Corridor. Indeed, this area is quickly becoming the nation's epicenter of high-quality urban living. This transformation is being driven by a powerful combination of demographic and social trends. Key among them is the millennial generation's strong preference for working, living, learning, and socializing in urban environments.
June 8, 2013 |
Faster, better passenger train service on the overcrowded Northeast Corridor will require more cooperation - and money - from eight states and the District of Columbia, eight commuter rail agencies, Amtrak, and freight railroads, rail experts said this week. A new federal law requires the many users of the 457-mile corridor to come up with a cost-sharing plan by October 2014, and local transit authorities such as SEPTA fear that will mean higher costs for them. States as well are struggling to pay for new Amtrak requirements.
June 1, 2013
Amtrak will get $185 million in federal funds to advance work on new Hudson River rail tunnels. The money, which will come from Hurricane Sandy relief funds, will be used to build an 800-foot concrete tunnel box under a huge real-estate development going up next to Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan. The box will serve two new flood-resistant "Gateway" tunnels designed to provide additional rail service between New Jersey and Penn Station in New York. The Gateway project, including the tunnels, is slated to cost $15 billion and be completed by 2025.