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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...

Union Pacific Completes Positive Train Control Implementation; Interoperability Efforts Continue

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Union Pacific Completes Positive Train Control Implementation; Interoperability Efforts Continue
OMAHA, NEB., DECEMBER 16, 2019

Union Pacific recently completed Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation, activating its final track segment. The technology is now implemented on all the company’s federally mandated rail lines, including required passenger train routes. Union Pacific will continue working with partner railroads on their interoperability efforts, ensuring seamless operation onto the company’s tracks.

PTC is designed to prevent four specific types of incidents:

  • Train-to-train collisions
  • Derailments caused by excessive speed
  • Accidents that can occur if trains are routed down the incorrect track
  • Unauthorized train movements on tracks undergoing maintenance
PTC will not prevent incidents involving pedestrians or vehicles.

“PTC is one of the biggest rail industry breakthroughs, designed to keep our crews and communities...
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