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AAR: “Railroads Have Experience Weathering Difficult Times, and They’ll Weather This One”

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The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ended May 9, 2020, and, for this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 412,549 carloads and intermodal units, down 22.1% compared with the same week last year; total carloads were 185,144 carloads, down 28.4% compared with the same week in 2019; and U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 227,405 containers and trailers, down 16% compared to 2019.

Texas' Thirteenth Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Texas Central

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Texas' Thirteenth Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Texas Central
May 7th decision reverses the ruling made by the 87th District Court of Leon County, Texas
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Texas Central High Speed Rail
May 07, 2020

DALLAS, May 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Thirteenth Court of Appeals of Texas ruled in favor of Texas Central, holding that it was both a railroad company and interurban electric railway.

The Memorandum Opinion, authored by Justice Nora Longoria, held "Having found that the appellants (Texas Central Railroad and Infrastructure, Inc. and Integrated Texas Logistics, Inc.) are both railroad companies and interurban electric railways, we conclude that the trial court erred by granting Miles' motion for summary judgment and denying appellants' motion for partial summary judgment."

This decision comes after a four-year long court battle waged by...
Amtrak Donates Blankets to the Javits Center
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Amtrak Donates Blankets to the Javits Center
MAY 7, 2020

Amtrak donates blankets to those in need ahead of larger planned donation
NEW YORK – Amtrak has partnered with Delivering Good to donate surplus blankets to military-run hospitals at the Javits Center who are caring for patients impacted by the Coronavirus crisis. This is the first step as part of a larger, nationwide donation resulting from enhancements to Amtrak’s long distance services that are being implemented this year.

“The donated blankets provided to the Javits Center Field Hospital for COVID-19 patients met a heartbreaking need,” said Peter B. Gudaitis, Executive Director, New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS). “When patients needed extra blankets to stay warm during this life-threatening illness, some would have been discharged to homes without adequate bedding were it not for the partnership between Delivering Good and Amtrak. We thank Amtrak for bringing comfort and helping...
Amtrak Requires Facial Coverings as Added Measure of Protection
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Amtrak Requires Facial Coverings as Added Measure of Protection
MAY 7, 2020

(This release is an updated version of the original, as it now contains the new Amtrak face covering policy.)

WASHINGTON – As part of Amtrak’s ongoing commitment to protect customers and front-line employees in response to the coronavirus pandemic, beginning on May 11 Amtrak is requiring that all customers in stations, on trains and thruway buses wear facial coverings.

“The safety of Amtrak’s customers and employees is our top priority and requiring a facial covering is one more way we can protect everyone,” Amtrak President and CEO Bill Flynn said. “Amtrak continues to operate as an essential service for those who must travel during this public health crisis. Our services will be even more critical as our nation recovers.”

This new policy will require customers wear a facial covering over their nose and mouth while in stations, on trains and thruway buses. Facial coverings can be removed when...

BNSF To Permanently Close Glendive, MT Diesel Facility

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Glendive Broadcasting along with many of this community have received news of the Glendive Diesel Shop closure. In an official letter sent by Gary Grissum VP of Mechanical of the BNSF Railway Company to effected employees the reason for closure was outlined. In the letter Gary indicated the closure was due to the current business environment with the decline in crude oil shipments and to the structural decline in coal demand. Along with the Glendive Diesel shop several locations across the BNSF system including locations in Kansas, Minot, and Mandan among others have been affected.

Amtrak Makes Nationwide Food Donation

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Amtrak Makes Nationwide Food Donation
MAY 6, 2020

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Food bank donations to major metropolitan areas helps feed those in need

WASHINGTON – Amtrak has been dedicated to serving customers for almost 50 years. While Amtrak continues to operate as an essential service for those who must travel during this difficult time, select trains have been temporarily suspended due to reduced demand. Fewer trains in operation has resulted in a surplus of food supplies. In addition to serving essential workers on the front lines of this public health crisis, Amtrak is donating the extra food to shelters to help those in need during this unprecedented time.

Given the large strain food banks around the country are experiencing and in this time of great need, Amtrak has increased distribution efforts. To offer charitable food donations, Amtrak has teamed up with centers in...

CP donates $1 million to four North American charities providing critical supplies and relief in the COVID-19 battle

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CP donates $1 million to four North American charities providing critical supplies and relief in the COVID-19 battle

CP Press Release
May 4, 2020 Calgary

Canadian Pacific (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP) is donating $1 million to four North American charities working on the front lines to help people impacted by COVID-19. In Canada, CP will donate C$350,000 to The Frontline Fund and C$250,000 to Food Banks Canada. In the U.S., CP will donate US$250,000 to Feeding America and up to US$150,000 in matching funds to the American Red Cross.

"Our CP family is honored to help frontline workers and volunteers as they courageously work day and night to keep up with unprecedented need," said Keith Creel, CP President and Chief Executive Officer. "By providing food to North Americans who are in need and critical supplies and support to frontline service providers, these charities are making a difference. We hope our donations will assist these organizations in reaching...

New High-Speed Rail Workforce Development Center Planned for City of Selma

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NEWS RELEASE: New High-Speed Rail Workforce Development Center Planned for City of Selma

Apr 28 2020 Fresno, CA

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) has partnered with the City of Selma to create a workforce development center that will provide pre-apprenticeship classes and hands-on construction industry training for residents up and down the Central Valley who are looking for work on the nation’s first High-Speed Rail project. This center and its programs are aimed at serving veterans, at-risk young adults, minority and low-income populations between the counties of Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Kern, Madera and Merced. The center will open this summer in a time when the state and the nation will look to identify expanded employment opportunities for individuals whose employment has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This new workforce development center is not only a tremendous benefit for the City of Selma, but the entire Central Valley,”...

High-Speed Rail and LA Metro Reach Agreement to Advance Union Station Project Funding Plan

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NEWS RELEASE: High-Speed Rail and LA Metro Reach Agreement to Advance Union Station Project Funding Plan

Apr 21 2020 Sacramento, CA

Today, the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (Authority) Board of Directors approved a preliminary funding plan with LA Metro to move the Link Union Station project (Link US) forward in Southern California. Today’s approval outlines a proposal for High-Speed Rail’s shared use of right-of-way in Palmdale, Los Angeles Union Station (LAUS) and several additional locations within Southern California.

“We appreciate the collaboration and partnership with LA Metro,” said Authority CEO Brian Kelly. “These agreements we have reached together demonstrate concrete and realistic steps for us to move forward with the Link US project, while continuing with our efforts to bring high-speed rail to Southern California.”

The Link US project will transform how the regional rail system operates in Southern California by allowing trains to...

Las Vegas Monorail pauses construction

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The Las Vegas Monorail Co. has suspended construction of two monorail stops on the Las Vegas Strip due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a local news report.

All monorail activities related to the company’s Mandalay Bay extension and Sands Avenue Station project, which include construction of a monorail stop at the future MSG Sphere entertainment venue, have been put on hold, a monorail spokesperson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Railroaders may be eligible for pandemic unemployment benefits

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Railroaders may be eligible for benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that was established under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, according to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB).

Amtrak, East Coast agencies to honor essential workers with #SoundTheHorn campaign

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Amtrak, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New Jersey Transit, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and other regional transit operators are coming together on 4/16 to simultaneously sound vehicle horns at 3 p.m. EST to honor essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The #SoundTheHorn campaign is meant to pay tribute to frontline workers, including train engineers.

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Amtrak Teams with Transportation Partners Across the Country to SoundTheHorn to Honor All Essential Workers

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Amtrak Teams with Transportation Partners Across the Country to #SoundTheHorn to Honor All Essential Workers
APRIL 14, 2020

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Coalition of transportation agencies join in solidarity to honor heroic workers across the country by giving two horn blasts at 3:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 16

NEW YORK – Amtrak is collaborating with transportation partners nationwide to honor all of the heroic transportation and other essential workers across the country with the #SoundTheHorn campaign – a coordinated effort to simultaneously sound vehicle horns at 3:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 16.

Partners supporting the cause throughout the country include the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NJ TRANSIT, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in the Northeast, SEPTA, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and the Maryland Transit Administration in the Mid-Atlantic region, MBTA in New England, Memphis Area...

Amtrak's Commitment to Safety

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Amtrak Coronavirus Updated: Friday, April 3 5:30 p.m. ET

LATEST NEWS & UPDATES: At this time, various states are undertaking specific safety precautions at stations for customers arriving from out of state. Check with each state for specific guidance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential travel for 14 days. Amtrak service continues to operate on the Northeast Corridor to provide vital transportation for employees of essential services. While Amtrak continues to operate, we have temporarily suspended the following services due to reduced demand. See details on service impacts.

The safety of Amtrak’s customers and employees is our top priority. Amtrak...
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 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 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...




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