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February 11, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan and Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writers
The region might have missed the mighty Blizzard of 2013, but it could not escape its fallout. At Philadelphia International Airport, about 260 arriving or departing flights were canceled Friday, according to FlightStats.com, and arriving flights were delayed an hour, an airport spokeswoman said. That was the result of the coastal storm that threatened to bury parts of moisture-starved New England under two-plus feet of snow in what meteorologists were calling a potentially "historic" storm.
NEWS
February 10, 2013
Less than two days after a major blizzard pounded the Northeast with up to three feet of snow, travel operations are beginning to go back to normal, at least in Philadelphia. Aside from a few canceled flight to Boston Sunday, Philadelphia International Airport is running smoothly. "We have no delays," said airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica. Most of Amtrak's operations are also running on-time, except for a limited train schedule for those traveling north of New York. Amtrak's limited schedule and other service alerts may be found at http://www.amtrak.com/service-alerts-and-notices . Airport travelers may also call 1-800-PHL-GATE (1-800-745-4283)
NEWS
February 9, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan and Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The region might have missed the mighty Blizzard of 2013, but it could not escape the fallout. At Philadelphia International Airport, about 260 arriving or departing flights were canceled Friday, according to FlightStats.com, and arriving flights were delayed an hour, an airport spokeswoman said. That was the result of the coastal storm that threatened to bury parts of snow-starved New England under 2-plus feet of snow in what meteorologists were calling a potentially "historic" storm.
NEWS
February 5, 2013 | By Jon Schmitz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PITTSBURGH - One of Pittsburgh's two remaining Amtrak routes, the one serving Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New York, and points in between, may be on the chopping block in October. That's the deadline for Pennsylvania to decide whether to foot the estimated $5.7 million bill for subsidizing the service, a cost Amtrak now pays. No decision has been made, but remarks from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials suggest the route is in trouble unless it can be shown to benefit large numbers of passengers connecting at Pittsburgh to or from cities other than Harrisburg.
NEWS
February 3, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
An explosion, described as a "freak accident," on an overpass disrupted train service Friday in Strawberry Mansion and sent three people to area hospitals, authorities said. The blast about 5 p.m. on the 3000 block of Cecil B. Moore Avenue, which runs above Amtrak tracks, was likely caused by a "thermic reaction" when an icicle broke off and hit a power line, said Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan. It left a two-foot hole in the bridge. City police and Amtrak sent bomb-sniffing dogs.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amtrak and California will work together to design new high-speed trains to operate on the East and West Coasts, rail officials said Thursday. Amtrak would get its trains first, but California's would be faster. California is planning a 220-m.p.h. high-speed line that will operate between San Francisco and Los Angeles, with the first 130-mile segment currently scheduled to be in operation in 2022. Amtrak wants to buttress its existing Acela Express fleet with trains that can match the Acela's current top speed of 150 m.p.h.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Amtrak and California will work together to design new high-speed trains to operate on the East and West Coasts, rail officials said Thursday. Amtrak would get its trains first, but California's would be faster. California is planning a 220-m.p.h. high-speed line to operate between San Francisco and Los Angeles, with the first 130-mile segment currently scheduled to be in operation in 2022. Amtrak wants to replace its existing Acela Express fleet with trains that can match the Acela's current top speed of 150 m.p.h.
BUSINESS
December 15, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
To reduce travel times and accommodate growing ridership, Amtrak said Thursday that it plans to replace existing Acela Express trains with new, faster trains on the Northeast Corridor. But don't buy a ticket just yet. The first of the new trains isn't likely to arrive until at least 2017. Amtrak currently operates 20 Acela Express trains, the fastest in its fleet. The trains can travel up to 150 m.p.h., though because of track and signal restrictions, they average only 83 m.p.h.
NEWS
December 10, 2012
An unidentified person was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Saturday evening at the Marcus Hook station, officials said. Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm said an Acela train traveling north with 93 passengers hit the individual at 5:36 p.m. Kulm said he had no information about the victim. A police officer in Marcus Hook declined to provide any information. No one on the train was injured, Kulm said. One of four tracks through the Delaware County borough reopened at 6:30. The remaining three reopened at 7:58.
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