The Big Dig
Brooklyn architect David Grider had an interesting rebuttal to The Observer‘s story last week about the need for greater infrastructure investment in the country and the region, which challenges many assumptions about rail travel and even reminds us the Erie Canal was not the super success everyone likes to remember it as.
The Obama administration is announcing the recipients of $8 billion for high-speed rail projects that was included in the federal stimulus, and it looks like the northeast, including the Northeast Corridor, which runs from Boston to New York to Washington, will be getting $485 million.
The White House posted this fact sheet with Read More
Amtrak CEO Alex Kummant has resigned, according to the Associated Press. Mr. Kummant’s two-year tenure has been marked by leaps in ridership and revenue.
Here’s my sit-down with Mr. Kummant in August. We discussed efforts to improve Amtrak service out of Penn, the passenger rail’s work with other transit bodies, and the Read More
ST. PAUL–One of the more headline-grabbing stories involving Amtrak and New York of the past few months was a congressman’s proposal for the federal government to take bids to create a two-hour train from New York City to Washington, D.C.
The far-off, years-long, multi-billion dollar idea, which has passed the House and Read More
The Chinese government plans to introduce by 2012 a new generation of bullet trains that run for long stretches at 236 miles per hour. That’s about half the speed of your average passenger jet. More here in the British press.
Will the U.S., particularly its train-happy Northeast, ever produce such fast rail? You Read More
Joe Biden may be the first presidential or vice presidential nominee ever of a major party to have been a daily Amtrak commuter.
The Delaware Democrat commutes daily on Amtak between Wilmington’s train station and Washington’s Union Station, a trip that usually takes no more than 90 minutes each way. His running mate, Read More
I took Amtrak last week to meet with its president and chief executive, Alex Kummant, in his office in Washington’s Union Station. We talked about Moynihan Station, the planned New Jersey Transit tunnel under the Hudson, the recent fare hikes, the many delays out of Penn, and the fact that a lot more Americans, in Read More
Editor’s note: A shorter version of this interview will run in the Aug. 13 print edition of The Observer.
LOCATION: Explain why Amtrak wants New Jersey Transit’s planned ARC (Access to the Region’s Core) tunnel under the Hudson River to connect with the Penn Station tracks.
Mr. Kummant: Basically, look, this goes back to Read More
"Now that the recent rise in gas prices has everyone ditching their SUVs and running to mass transit, what will our government do to build off of the momentum? We are dumping billions of dollars into Iraq for, among other things, infrastructure, while the Iraqis pile up cash reserves (including in an account at the Read More
Amtrak’s Northeast ridership was up nearly 8 percent annually in July, following a national trend of increasing ridership on the passenger rail carrier. Amtrak is on pace to carry a record 28 million passengers nationwide in 2008, a jump from the previous record of 25.8 million set last year, according to this morning’s Read More