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
Ridership on Amtrak’s Northeast corridor increased over 3.2 percent annually in June, from 878,671 passengers to 907,316, according to new figures from the national rail service.
A look at the most recent numbers for fiscal year 2008, which covers October through June, reveals an even sharper increase in ridership compared to the same nine months Read More
"Jesus Christ, get over it. Transportation costs have gone up across the board for everyone, and every shipper. If you’re bitching about $92, I wonder what you’ll be saying two years from now when airfare to go anywhere domestic will start at $400, and the trains won’t be far behind." ["Amtrak On Its Latest Read More
Last week, I griped about Amtrak’s latest fare increase, particularly in the Northeast. Amtrak got back to me today in an email. It turns out it’s not just in the Northeast; and it is partly due to higher fuel costs. From the email: On July 8th, we increased the fares on the following routes Read More