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.
November 20, 2012 |
Polly Hanson, a former Metro transit police chief in Washington, was named Monday as the new Amtrak chief of police. Hanson, 57, replaces John J. O'Connor, who retired in June. A graduate of Temple University, with an MBA in applied behavioral science from Johns Hopkins University, she most recently was director of law enforcement and security at the U.S. Department of Interior. Previously, Hanson spent 27 years with Metro transit police in Washington, rising through the ranks to become chief.
November 1, 2012 |
Amtrak service to New York City is resuming Thursday evening, with modified schedules and expected delays. People can now make reservations for trips between New York City and points south, including Trenton and Philadelphia, after storm flooding from Sandy had cut off access to Penn Station in Manhattan. Only three trains will make the trip into New York City tonight, an Amtrak spokesman said, with another train scheduled for early morning service. Schedules for Friday's train service are expected to be announced late Thursday evening, including for Northeast Regional service between New York City and Boston, and the Acela Express.
October 28, 2012
Amtrak has cancelled five trains because of Hurricane Sandy, with more cancellations possible as the storm progresses. Six trains were originally scheduled for Sunday service, according to a bulletin sent at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and a seventh train was scheduled for Monday. Cancelled Sunday trains are Northeast Regional Train 99 between Richmond and Newport News, Va.; Capitol Limited Train 30 between Chicago and Washington, D.C.; Silver Star Train 92 between Miami and New York; and Silver Meteor Train 98 and Crescent Train 20 between Washington, D.C. and New York.
October 17, 2012 |
Amtrak on Tuesday named Michael J. DeCataldo Jr. to the newly created post of general manager, Northeast Corridor Services. DeCataldo will be responsible for safety, customer satisfaction, ridership, on-time performance, and financial results for rail operations on the Washington-to-Boston corridor. DeCataldo currently is Amtrak general superintendent, Northeast Division. DeCataldo began his railroad career 38 years ago as a locomotive fireman for Conrail/Penn Central. He spent 11 years at New Jersey Transit in various operating positions, and he joined Amtrak in 1995 as assistant general manager of customer services.
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.
October 8, 2012 |
The popular Keystone rail service between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Amtrak's fourth-busiest route, could face serious cutbacks next year because of reduced federal subsidies. Amtrak will end its $8 million-a-year contribution for running the service on Oct. 1, 2013, to comply with a 2008 law that requires Amtrak to shift operating costs to the states, Amtrak spokeswoman Danelle Hunter said. Pennsylvania, which already spends about $9 million a year to underwrite Keystone operations, has its own financial woes and is negotiating with Amtrak to avoid service cuts.
September 27, 2012 |
Two train lines are back in service after being suspended because of a propane leak north of Wilmington. Amtrak suspended service between Wilmington and Philadelphia, starting about 11 a.m. Service was restored by about 11:40 a.m., though some delays were expected. SEPTA's Wilmington/Newark Regional Rail Line was also running again Claymont and Newark. The leak was at an Amtrak maintenance facility.
September 26, 2012 |
TRENTON - Amtrak is going to break the speed limit in the Northeast Corridor. The rail service announced Monday that it will operate test trains overnight at 165 m.p.h. in four stretches from Maryland to Massachusetts. Acela Express equipment will be used for the tests, which were to start at about 10:30 p.m. Monday in New Jersey and will continue into next week, Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said. All the locations may one day have regular 160-m.p.h. service; the current top speed limit is 150 m.p.h.
September 21, 2012 |
SEVERAL supporters of President Obama's re-election campaign chose 30th Street Station as the backdrop Wednesday to lambaste Mitt Romney for his proposal to end federal funding for Amtrak if he is elected president. "There is a clear choice between investment and outright chaos," said state Rep. Tony Payton Jr., who was joined by several Democratic mayors from Massachusetts, where Romney was governor. "The time to invest in infrastructure is now. " During the Republican National Convention last month, Romney adopted a platform calling for full privatization and an end to government subsidies that support programs like the nation's passenger-rail operator.