Posted on 06 May 2013
CHIPLEY — Restoring Amtrak rail service from Jacksonville to New Orleans remains a long-shot, but there’s a renewed push to make it a reality, which would revive the 15 to 20 stops along the route, including those in Chipley and Crestview.
For the second time, the Bay County Transportation Planning Organization has passed a resolution asking that passenger rail service be restored between Jacksonville and New Orleans. It was abandoned after Hurricane Katrina tore through the region in August 2005. Read the full story
Posted on 06 May 2013
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will provide $30.2 million to Amtrak to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy along the heavily-traveled Northeast Corridor (NEC), U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on Friday.
Funded by the federal Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, the grant will reimburse Amtrak for $20.1 million spent to pump water from tunnels and remove debris, as well as to complete ongoing infrastructure repairs to continue operating more than 2,000 trains along the NEC each day. Read the full story
Posted on 24 May 2010
Meredith Richards always thought Central Virginia harbored pent-up rail demand. But the former Charlottesville City Councilor admits to a pleasant surprise when Amtrak revealed figures showing that the new daily passenger train service she spearheaded has topped its annual ridership goal— with half a year left to go. Read the full story
Posted on 26 April 2010
In a move that is sure to confound the cross section of vegetarian and vegan environmentalists, Amtrak has begun running its first U.S. biodiesel commuter train. The Heartland Flyer, whose biofuel is derived from beef byproducts, will connect travelers between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth during a one year trial run.
The Guardian reports that the green train’s usage of B20 biofuel reduces hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions by 10 percent, particulates by 15 percent, and sulphates by 20 percent compared to regular diesel. During the 12-month experiment, Amtrak will collect and analyze data on actual emissions and the effects of B20 on the train’s mechanical systems. Read the full story
Posted on 17 March 2010
I’m not a frequent visitor to Baltimore’s Penn Station, but on a recent drop-off of a friend I happened to wander inside to wait with her. As I was sitting there I noticed something different -the old mechanical arrivals/departure board was missing. In its place was a large LCD screen with signs attached that said “testing in progress.” At the service counter, a small TV screen displayed train times and as I looked around I saw other locations where TV screens appeared to also be in testing phase. I guess the times they are a-changing. Read the full story
Posted on 11 March 2010
WASHINGTON – The long-distance trains that serve as the backbone of America ’s national intercity passenger rail network are attracting more passengers as Amtrak continues to implement its comprehensive and multi-year Route Performance Improvement (RPI) program. Read the full story