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Amtrak’s Plan to Connect the U.S. – Railway Age

Written by Kevin Smith, Editor-in-Chief, International Railway Journal
September 14, 2021

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Biden has been a vocal supporter of the federally owned passenger operator for almost the entirety of its existence: from his days as a U.S senator when he would regularly ride the train from Wilmington, Del., to Washington D.C.; to his time as the U.S. Vice President, when he presented the Obama Administration’s plans for several short-lived high-speed passenger projects as part of a 2009 economic stimulus package.

Now as the 46th President, Biden has made rebuilding and reviving the country’s infrastructure, including its passenger rail operator, the signature policy of his first term. The American Jobs Plan was announced by Biden on March 31 and has since moved to Congress for debate and negotiation.

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The Administration hopes the legislation that emerges will satisfy Biden’s objectives so he can sign it into law this autumn. Inevitably, given the variety of views on the scale and ambition of the proposal on both sides of the political spectrum, there have been several compromises.

From a $2.3 trillion plan when Biden presented it, the Senate scaled it back to a $1 trillion initiative, including $550 billion of new spending.

However, the legislation took a significant step forward on Aug.10 when 19 Republican senators joined with their 50 Democratic colleagues to pass a bi-partisan Infrastructure bill, a move praised by Biden.

As it stands, the bill includes $66 billion for intercity passenger rail, with $22 billion of this figure set to go directly to Amtrak. This includes $6 billion for the Northeast Corridor, and $16 billion for the national network, including state-supported services.

Source: Amtrak’s Plan to Connect the U.S. – Railway Age

Amtrak is replacing its fleet of trains: What riders can expect | USA TODAY

Amtrak’s new train fleet promises all the bells, whistles. Here’s what riders can expect.

By Tom Krisher, Associated Press, Updated July 14th, 2021

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DETROIT — Amtrak is betting big on a return of ridership. The nation’s passenger railroad wants to replace its nearly half-century-old fleet with state-of-the-art trains that can operate on electricity or diesel fuel.

It plans to spend $7.3 billion to buy 83 trains made by Siemens, with options to buy more if ridership increases. Funding must still be approved by Congress, but William Flynn, Amtrak’s CEO, says he’s confident it will happen.

If it doesn’t, then Amtrak will finance the trains and repay its debt with money from state train services and passenger fares.

The more efficient trains, which will be built in California, are scheduled to start running in 2024. They will have more comfortable seating, better ventilation systems, power outlets and USB ports, Wi-Fi and panoramic windows. Many can run on either diesel fuel or battery power when needed.

Source: Amtrak is replacing its fleet of trains: What riders can expect

Updated Railroads and Ship Registers Guides | Inside Adams: Science, Technology & Business | library of congress

May 24, 2021 by Ellen Terrell

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The two guides featured in today’s post have something in common – transportation.

You might not think of either as a “business” topic but they are, because both are their own industries and because logistics – the commercial activity of transporting goods to customers – are core parts of the U.S. economy and world trade.


See our web page for a listing of all of our guides.

Source: Updated Railroads and Ship Registers Guides | Inside Adams: Science, Technology & Business

Still on track at 50: Amtrak celebrates a half-century of operation – The Washington Post

By Justin Franz May 7, 2021 at 5:00 a.m. PDT

Amtrak’s Empire Builder crosses the Two Medicine River near East Glacier Park, Mont. The mountains of Glacier National Park loom in the distance. (Justin Franz/For The Washngton Post)

There are faster ways for me to get to Portland, Ore., or Seattle from my home in Montana’s Flathead Valley, not far from Glacier National Park.

Alaska Airlines offers multiple flights a day to either city that can get me there in less time than it would take to watch the in-flight movie.

But if I have the time to spare, I will take Amtrak.

Source: Still on track at 50: Amtrak celebrates a half-century of operation – The Washington Post

‘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

5 New Train Routes We’re Excited About | Condé Nast Traveler

From scenic island circuits in Japan to Rocky Mountain adventures, these new train experiences have us excited about the future of rail travel.

By Julia Eskins. February 17, 2021

Courtesy Rocky Mountaineer 

Rumblings of a railway renaissance have been swirling recently, thanks to a growing interest in sustainable transportation.

And with new tracks being laid and upgraded trains to look forward to, post-pandemic travel could involve taking the scenic route more often.

More travelers are eyeing ways to not only make their future trips stress-free, but also more eco-conscious. Countries like Scotland and Spain have announced plans to roll out zero-emission hydrogen-powered trains.

The European Commission has dubbed 2021 the European Year of Rail, which aligns with their goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Even President Joe Biden, who earned the nickname Amtrak Joe for having famously commuted by train for decades as a senator, promised a “second rail revolution” on his campaign trail.

Source: 5 New Train Routes We’re Excited About | Condé Nast Traveler