March 6, 2013
The federal subsidy for Amtrak has dropped to 12 percent of operating costs - about $466 million a year, said Amtrak president Joseph Boardman. But Amtrak needs more federal money for capital costs, such as new vehicles, bridges, signals and other equipment, he said. Boardman also told a House subcommittee Tuesday that Amtrak's biggest money-losers, its long-distance routes, are important to rural and elderly populations who are losing bus and air service. Amtrak carried a record 31.2 million passengers in the fiscal year that ended last Sept.
March 2, 2013 |
Amtrak's long-distance routes, lightly traveled and expensive to run, are the biggest drag on Amtrak's finances, and the states on those routes should be required to help pay for them, a new analysis says. The 26 routes of less than 400 miles brought in $47 million more than they cost to operate in 2011, while the 15 routes of more than 750 miles lost $598 million, according to an analysis issued Friday by the Brookings Institution. State support was crucial to the success of the shorter routes, as the states provided $185 million, or 31 percent, of those routes' revenue in 2011.
February 11, 2013
Less than two days after a major blizzard pounded the Northeast with up to three feet of snow, travel was beginning to go back to normal Sunday, at least in Philadelphia. Aside from a few canceled flights to Boston on Sunday, Philadelphia International Airport was running smoothly. "We have no delays," airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said. Most of Amtrak's operations were also on time, except for a limited train schedule north of New York. Amtrak's limited schedule and other service alerts are available at http://www.amtrak.com/service-alerts-and-notices . Airport travelers can call 1-800-745-4283 or check the website www.phl.org for information on delays and cancellations.
February 11, 2013 |
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.
February 9, 2013 |
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.
February 5, 2013 |
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.
February 3, 2013 |
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.
January 19, 2013 |
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.