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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.
NEWS
July 20, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum and Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writers
Even SEPTA employees know they won't be able to easily get into and out of Center City amid the throngs when Pope Francis visits on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26-27. So what's a transit agency to do? Order 200 cots and portable showers for company headquarters on Market Street, to be used from Friday to Monday. "We will actually be sleeping in our offices," said SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams. Special papal visit transit passes go on sale online Monday for the hundreds of thousands of SEPTA and PATCO riders expected to pour into the city during the papal visit - including many people who must work that weekend.
NEWS
July 18, 2015 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
They came for Eli. Hundreds of food lovers and dozens of chefs helped raise more than $130,000 Thursday night at a fund-raiser at Fork Restaurant for Eli Kulp, one of the city's most promising and celebrated chefs, who was paralyzed in the May 12 crash of Amtrak Train 188. Thursday night's benefit - with $25,000 in donations from a silent auction - will be combined with $49,000 raised previously to help offset medical expenses for Kulp, 37,...
NEWS
July 15, 2015
A story Sunday about Amtrak management mischaracterized the railroad's fatal derailment in Philadelphia. It was one of Amtrak's worst accidents on the Northeast Corridor, not the worst. A story Monday on contributions to Pennsylvania Supreme Court candidates incorrectly reported the amount given by lawyer Neil O'Donnell. He contributed $7,442 to Supreme Court candidates this year.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
As it recovers from its worst accident on the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak faces frequent management turnover and structural change,in addition tochronic financial and political challenges. Former Amtrak executives say the turmoil at the top in recent years has disrupted railroad management and distracted employees from their daily duties. Steven Ditmeyer, a former Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) executive and now an adjunct professor in railway management at Michigan State University, said: "Rapid changes in management are never good, unless they're aimed at getting rid of nonfunctioning people.
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