Aug 30, 2011

Airlines slowly bringing back service in the East

NEW YORK — Irene is gone, and East Coast airports have reopened. But it will take at least several days to get hundreds of thousands of travelers stranded by the storm to their final destinations. Behind the scenes, ground crews worked through the night to get planes ready, air traffic controllers prepared for a deluge […]

Aug 24, 2011

Amtrak DC-Baltimore trains up to speed after quake

TRENTON, N.J. — Amtrak trains have resumed normal speeds along the busy Northeast Corridor between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The trains operated at reduced speeds Tuesday due to the earthquake centered in Virginia. Amtrak crews inspected stations, tracks and overhead lines before returning to normal operation Wednesday.

Aug 23, 2011

MARC service suspended after earthquake

All MARC train service has been suspended because of an earthquake that hit the Baltimore-Washington region. Amtrak and CSX Transportation are inspecting tracks, tunnels and bridges.

Aug 23, 2011

Amtrak slows D.C.-Baltimore trains due to quake

Amtrak reports train service along the Northeast Corridor between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., is operating at reduced speeds due to the earthquake centered in Virginia. Amtrak says its crews are inspecting stations and railroad infrastructure before returning to normal operation. The rail service says no injuries have been reported but passengers should expect delays.

Jul 5, 2011

Cumberland eyes better Amtrak-bicyclist link

CUMBERLAND — Cumberland officials say nearly $300,000 worth of upgrades to the city’s Amtrak station will help strengthen the link between the passenger line and a Pittsburgh-to-Washington bicycle route. The Cumberland Times-News reported Sunday that the city is getting $173,000 in federal funds for the Amtrak station at East Harrison and Queen City Drive. The […]

May 26, 2011

Florida Republican wants to privatize high-speed rail

WASHINGTON — Congress would take away Amtrak‘s popular Northeast corridor train service and invite private investors to bid for the right to develop high-speed rail under a plan outlined by a key House Republican on Thursday. The densely populated corridor — which extends from Washington to Boston, including service to Baltimore, New York City and […]

May 9, 2011

Mikulski, Cardin announce $22M for bridge over Susquehanna

WASHINGTON — Maryland will receive $22 million in federal funding for studies needed to begin replacing a bridge over the Susquehanna River, state officials announced Monday. The money is part of about $2 billion in high-speed rail funding that has been redirected to projects in 15 states after Florida’s governor canceled plans for high-speed train […]

May 9, 2011

Amtrak, 15 states including Maryland get $2 billion that Florida lost

Amtrak and rail projects in 15 states — as well as a bridge replacement in Maryland — are being awarded the $2 billion that Florida lost after the governor canceled plans for high-speed train service, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Monday. The largest share of the money — nearly $800 million — will be used […]

Apr 18, 2011

Amtrak taps into rail fan base to boost security

Amtrak is tapping into the rail fan community to help keep the nation’s passenger railroad safe. Through a new program dubbed Partners for Amtrak Safety and Security being launched Tuesday, Amtrak will recruit people who are already watching and riding trains to keep an eye out for suspicious activity on trains and around stations and […]

Apr 6, 2011

Md. among 24 states vying for high-speed train money

WASHINGTON — Maryland, 23 other states, the District of Columbia and Amtrak are vying for $2.4 billion in federal aid that became available when Florida’s governor canceled a high-speed rail project in his state, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday. The deadline for applications for the money was Monday. The Transportation Department is reviewing 90 […]

Dec 1, 2010

New trial granted to Amtrak worker’s widow

A widow can pursue a wrongful-death claim against Amtrak because the trial judge failed to tell jurors that assumption of risk is no defense in the case of a railroad worker killed on the job, Maryland’s top court ruled Wednesday. In a 6-1 decision, the Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for Michele Collins. […]

Sep 28, 2010

Amtrak urges high-speed rail

PHILADELPHIA — Amtrak unveiled a $117 billion, 30-year vision Tuesday for a high-speed rail line on the East Coast that would drastically reduce travel times along the congested corridor using trains traveling up to 220 miles per hour. The proposal, which would require building a new set of tracks from Boston to Washington, D.C., is […]

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