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New Decatur-Springfield/Champaign Amtrak Thruway Buses
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New Decatur-Springfield/Champaign Amtrak Thruway Buses
February 14, 2020

Convenient connections to Chicago/St. Louis/Kansas City and points west and south put the Illinois city back on the Amtrak map
CHICAGO – An Amtrak Thruway Bus Service now provides daily Illinois roundtrips between Decatur and Springfield or Champaign, making connections at Springfield for Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and points west and at Champaign for Carbondale, Memphis and New Orleans.

“More than a million Amtrak customers every year begin or end their travels on an Amtrak Thruway bus or van,” said Paul Vilter, the Amtrak Assistant Vice President for these services. “With our state partners, these services are an important part of our network that together give us more than 1,000 destinations nationwide served either by Amtrak train or by Amtrak Thruway services.”

A video shows how easy it is to Get Carried AwaySM on the combination of Amtrak services...
Amtrak Offers Trip for Two with Its Buy One Get One Free Valentine’s Day Sale
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Amtrak Offers Trip for Two with Its Buy One Get One Free Valentine’s Day Sale
FEBRUARY 13, 2020

WASHINGTON – At Amtrak, we want to show customers how much we love them by offering a Valentine’s Day Buy One Get One Free Sale. Thursday, February 13, through Monday, February 17, customers can buy one coach ticket and get the second free for nationwide travel between March 9 and August 30, 2020, with no blackout dates. Customers can receive discounted tickets by using the code V214 at checkout or at amtrak.com/valentines-day-sale.

Amtrak is offering a great way for customers and their loved ones to travel for a weekend away or on a leisurely vacation. From couples, to moms, to friends, to every loved one, Amtrak encourages individuals to give more than chocolates, flowers and valentines this year. Instead, consider gifting a trip on Amtrak with a two for the price...
Amtrak Marks Major Milestone by Beginning High-Speed Testing of the First Trainset for its New Acela Fleet
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Amtrak Marks Major Milestone by Beginning High-Speed Testing of the First Trainset for its New Acela Fleet
FEBRUARY 13, 2020

Train to travel from New York to Colorado ahead of 2021 launch
WASHINGTON – The first of Amtrak’s 28 new Acela trainsets, scheduled to enter service throughout the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in 2021, will be leaving from Alstom’s facility in Hornell, N.Y. on Monday, Feb, 17 for high-speed testing at the Transportation Technology Center near Pueblo, Colo. Nine months of dynamic testing will include the trainset’s pantograph, railway dynamics, tilting, traction, slip/slide and wayside protection, brakes, and train control management systems. Once complete, the trainset will return to Alstom for installation of its interiors.

“Amtrak is proud to celebrate this major achievement for the new Acela fleet program, as we are...

Amtrak Offers Additional Service in Mystic, CT and Westerly, RI with New, Modified Schedules

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Amtrak Offers Additional Service in Mystic, CT and Westerly, RI with New, Modified Schedules
FEBRUARY 12, 2020

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Provides more efficient service to improve the travel experience and benefit customers throughout New England and the greater Northeast
NEW YORK – Amtrak continues to prioritize upgrading the customer experience as travelers along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) will now benefit from increased weekday service on Northeast Regional trains at popular stations in Mystic, CT and Westerly, RI to receive more access to the region’s major markets. The new schedule, which largely alternates trains at these stations to provide more meaningful service, will go into effect beginning Monday, March 16.

“By providing additional service for Mystic and Westerly, travelers and residents will reap the benefits of a more efficient travel experience,” said Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson. “The benefits will also...

Amtrak Downeaster Achieves Record Ridership in 2019

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Amtrak Downeaster Achieves Record Ridership in 2019
JANUARY 31, 2020

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PORTLAND, MAINE – The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) announced today that the Amtrak Downeaster achieved record breaking ridership of 574,404 passengers in calendar year 2019, a 7.8% increase from 2018. The previous ridership record of 546,056 passengers was set in 2017.

The Amtrak Downeaster experienced record ridership growth in 9 out of 12 months, according to NNEPRA Marketing Director, Natalie Bogart, who reported that August 2019 was the highest ridership month in Downeaster history. “August ridership of 60,944 was an all-time record and the first time that Downeaster ridership surpassed 60,000 passengers in a month.”

NNEPRA attributes the ridership surge to increased frequency to Freeport and Brunswick, improved reliability, as well as repeat riders. Amtrak Customer Satisfaction score of 91% suggests that people are not only riding the...

Amtrak Begins Rehab Project at Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel

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Amtrak Begins Rehab Project at Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel
JANUARY 30, 2020

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A critical step until tunnel is replaced
BALTIMORE – Amtrak continues to advance efforts to improve infrastructure along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) by launching a pilot project focused on rehabilitating the 147-year-old Baltimore & Potomac (B&P) Tunnel. The project will undertake preventive maintenance work that is critical to keep the tunnel in good working condition. Plans are in progress to build a new tunnel to replace the existing tunnel under the City of Baltimore.

Work will begin in early February. Crews will replace 1,000 feet of track slab and block ties and renew track inside the tunnel that have deteriorated due to age and water infiltration. This work will take place over eight weekends, with minimal service impacts. This pilot project will allow Amtrak’s Engineering Department to evaluate viable options to improve the...

Amtrak Offers 30% Off Travel for Plan Your Vacation Day

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Amtrak Offers 30% Off Travel for Plan Your Vacation Day
JANUARY 28, 2020

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The national holiday on Tuesday, January 28 encourages Americans to plan their vacation

WASHINGTON – According to research released by the U.S. Travel Association, Americans left 768 million days of paid time off on the table last year. In light of National Plan Your Vacation Day, Amtrak is encouraging customers to not let those vacation days go unused by offering a number of discounts to see America on an adventure to destinations across the country.

Amtrak is making it more cost effective for Americans to plan their vacation this year by offering 30% off for its Plan Your Vacation Day Sale from January 28 through January 30. For travel between February 16 and May 31, 2020 customers can receive 30% off Amtrak Travel on the...

Amtrak Makes New Bus Connection in North Carolina

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Amtrak Makes New Bus Connection in North Carolina
January 17, 2020

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Service links customers to national rail network
WASHINGTON – Swansboro, N.C., is now a stop for the Amtrak Thruway Bus Service, which will provide convenient and affordable service to and from the Amtrak Station in Wilson, N.C. Tickets are now available to purchase for travel beginning on Jan. 21.

In Wilson, customers can board the Amtrak Palmetto, which operates twice daily serving 20 stations between New York and Savannah, Ga. The Amtrak Carolinian, which operates twice daily...

Travel on Amtrak and Bring a Companion for Free

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Travel on Amtrak and Bring a Companion for Free
JANUARY 7, 2020

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Limited-time sale offers the perfect opportunity for a scenic adventure

WASHINGTON – Getting away is always a good idea and bringing a companion can make the experience even better. For a limited time, Amtrak is offering customers the opportunity to bring a friend or loved one on the journey for free.

This special offer is available for sale between Jan. 7 – 12, 2020 on select routes in both Coach and sleeping accommodations. The offer is valid for travel Feb. 1, 2020 through June 12, 2020 with blackout dates on April 10, April 13 and May 22 through May 25.

Customers and a companion can travel aboard some of Amtrak’s most popular routes from coast to coast, including the California Zephyr, Capitol...

Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT Announce Work to Refresh Ticketed Waiting Area at New York Penn Station

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Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT Announce Work to Refresh Ticketed Waiting Area at New York Penn Station
JANUARY 7, 2020

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Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT customers to experience more modern amenities
NEW YORK – Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT today began their refresh of the Ticketed Waiting Area at New York Penn Station, the seating area for their customers at the Amtrak Concourse on the Upper Level and 8th Avenue side of the Station. As part of the refresh, customers can expect new furniture and fixtures, including communal tables and seats with electrical and USB outlets to charge devices, an upgraded ceiling complete with new LED lighting, a family area that will also feature a nursing mothers’ pod, the removal of the midpoint barrier, a new information desk and a second entrance offering easy access towards the 7th Avenue side of the Station.

“I am thrilled to see work start on significant improvements to the NJ TRANSIT waiting area at New...

Buy-One-Get-One Sale Thanks Jefferson City Customers

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Buy-One-Get-One Sale Thanks Jefferson City Customers
JANUARY 7, 2020

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Free companion travel to and from Missouri’s capital now through February
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Amtrak and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) are promoting travel to and from the state capital in Jefferson City with a “BOGO” sale offering free companion travel through next month.

For each adult coach ticket bought for travel through Feb. 29 with Jefferson City origins or destinations using discount code V716, a second adult on the same itinerary will be ticketed to travel coach free of charge on the Amtrak Missouri River Runnertrains. Prices are as low as these fares for two adults between these Missouri cities, quoted each way:

Travel For Two Adults Between These CitiesPriceTravel For Two Adults...
Some photos of my railfanning around the East Bay 2020
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New Years eve found me driving up Santa Fe Avenue in the central valley


Rolling Into 2020
by lennycarl08, on Flickr

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Loaded and Waiting
by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Amtrak Continues Infrastructure Renewal Program at New York Penn Station in Early 2020

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Amtrak Continues Infrastructure Renewal Program at New York Penn Station in Early 2020
DECEMBER 20, 2019

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State of good repair work will have minimal impact on scheduled train operations
NEW YORK – Amtrak is continuing its Infrastructure Renewal Program at New York Penn Station throughout Winter 2020 as part of its ongoing maintenance program to improve the Station’s infrastructure operations performance and reliability. Unlike previous years, this round of renewal work will not require any reductions or modifications in service for Amtrak and NJ TRANSIT trains or impact customers. Long Island Rail Road trains will have minimal schedule modifications, however, as a result of this work.

“Modernizing and investing in infrastructure is a continuous process, and Amtrak is committed to making investments towards updating infrastructure when needed,” said Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson. “We thank our...




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