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America’s Amtrak moment could finally be here

Ben Jones, CNN • Published 1st May 2021

Amtrak could be on the brink of transformation as it celebrates 50 years.
Courtesy Amtrak

(CNN) — Created in 1971 from the creaking remains of the classic US railroads that helped build modern America, Amtrak has often lived a precarious existence.

Subject to the whims of politicians in Washington D.C. and constantly under pressure from the well-funded and hugely influential oil, automotive and airline industry lobbies, the national passenger rail operator has been threatened with oblivion on several occasions.

But as it celebrates a 50th anniversary that few would have been brave enough to predict, there are signs that Amtrak’s moment may finally have arrived. The United States remains firmly wedded to the automobile and the sheer size of the nation means that air travel is often the only option for long-distance journeys.

Source: America’s Amtrak moment could finally be here

‘Amtrak Joe’ Biden to visit Philadelphia train station Friday – CNNPolitics

“Amtrak Joe” is returning to his roots.

By Betsy Klein, CNN, Updated 12:34 PM ET, Tue April 27, 2021

Train photo.. Courtesy Rocky Mountaineer 

(CNN) — “Amtrak Joe” is returning to his roots.

President Joe Biden will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Amtrak’s founding when he travels to Philadelphia on Friday to make a push for his massive infrastructure proposal, a White House official confirmed to CNN.

He will be visiting the William H. Gray III 30th Street Station in downtown Philadelphia, the official said.

The train station trip is part of a travel blitz, aptly named the “Getting America Back on Track” tour, which is aimed at highlighting the President’s first 100 days in office and his legislative push for infrastructure, something Biden expected to advocate for as he addresses a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.

Biden is also set to travel to Atlanta on Thursday.

Source: ‘Amtrak Joe’ Biden to visit Philadelphia train station Friday – CNNPolitics

Las Vegas set to come out of Covid-19 better than ever | CNN Travel

Matt Villano, CNN • Published 14th April 2021

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas opened this March.
Courtesy Virgin Hotels

(CNN) — More than a year into the Covid-19 pandemic, this desert city is looking bigger, bolder and better than ever.

New casino resorts, innovative restaurants, expanded convention space and one-of-a-kind cultural destinations characterize the latest iteration of Las Vegas, which continues to reinvent itself in the face of adversity.

Heck, Elon Musk even built an underground tunnel and transport system that’s opening soon.

Featured image caption: The pool at Circa Resort & Casino is called Stadium Swim. Rum Tongue Media/Courtesy Circa Resort & Casino

Source: Las Vegas set to come out of Covid-19 better than ever | CNN Travel

Miss art museums? The Louvre just put its entire art collection online – CNN Style

Credit: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images

Published 27th March 2021

There is nothing like spending a rainy afternoon at a museum, soaking in the beauty and wonder of art and history.

Now the Louvre, the world’s most visited museum, is letting you do that right from home.

Source: Miss art museums? The Louvre just put its entire art collection online – CNN Style

Canadian Pacific Kansas City railroad megamerger would create the first Mexico-US-Canada rail network – CNN

A Canadian Pacific grain train makes its way toward Lake Louise in 2019.

By David Goldman, CNN Business

New York (CNN Business) – Two of North America’s largest railroad companies announced a merger Sunday that would connect freight customers to Canada, the United States and Mexico on a single network for the first time in history.

Canadian Pacific (CP) agreed to purchase Kansas City Southern (KSU) in a deal worth about $25 billion after discounting $3.8 billion of KCS debt that Canadian Pacific will take on.

It would combine two of the industry’s fastest-growing rail companies at a time when online purchases have soared, overwhelming ports and delaying shipments.

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/21/investing/canadian-pacific-kansas-city-southern-merger/index.html