Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Amtrak Looking To Boost Acela Express Capacity, Speeds
These three cities account for half of Amtrak ridership
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Amtrak Northeast Corridor Acela Plan now 160 mph, was 220 mph in early 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
New York City bound Amtrak train ends up in Philadelphia suburbs
Monday, July 29, 2013
"Amtrak Boarding Madness" from The Economist
Thursday, February 28, 2013
"Former Amtrak President David Gunn Still Hates Moynihan Station"
I like the plan to convert the Post Office/Farley Building to be Moynihan Station and replace Penn Station. David Gunn has some important points though about the drawbacks to the plan that the Observer clearly notes:
"From a transportation point of view it makes no sense." For passengers coming from the 1/2/3 trains, "what the Farley Building [Moynihan Station] does, is make you walk from Seventh Avenue all the way across Eighth Avenue. You'll have to go under the Eighth Avenue subway, then climb up to the [new] head house, which is to the west of Eighth Avenue, over towards Ninth Avenue."
Mr. Gunn noted that New Jersey Transit built a concourse that empties out on Seventh Avenue, reflecting its closer proximity to Manhattan's center of gravity and most of its north-south subway lines. One way to accommodate a head house at the old Farley Post Office would be to simply continue to allow passengers to board at the current station. "But [the real estate concerns] didn't want us to let people on at the old Penn Station, because I think the real estate developers had shops they wanted people to patronize at the [new] Farley [Moynihan Station] head house [that will replace Penn Station]"
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Amtrak's annual losses at lowest level since 1975
Amtrak's fiscal 2012 $361 million operating loss (year ending Sept. 30) was down 19 percent from 2011 and the lowest total since 1975. Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman said this is a sign of progress.
Boardman laid out an agenda for 2013 that includes delivery of the first of 70 new electric locomotives and 130 long-distance passenger cars, expansion of the Acela service in the Northeast with an additional New York-Washington round trip, and beginning the work necessary to acquire new high-speed trains. The new locomotives will be easier to maintain and more energy efficient, using regenerative braking to feed energy back into the power grid.
Amtrak trains carried 31.2 million passengers in the 2012 fiscal year , the highest annual ridership since in 1971.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
More Amtrak Conductors Are High or Drunk on the Job Than Ever Before
"A new report out by the Amtrak inspector general (Ted Alves) shows higher rates of conductors, mechanics, and engineers testing positive for drugs and alcohol than at any time in the past six years."
Friday, September 28, 2012
"Schumer vows to jump-start tunnel project"
Some relevant points from the article:
Amtrak's Gateway Tunnel project to link New York and New Jersey plan to construct a third rail line under the Hudson River could break ground as early as the end of 2013 according to Schumer.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie killed the Access to the Region's Core (ARC) project, which was to include a train tunnel under the Hudson. The Gateway project was unveiled in February 2011Christie axed ARC. Congress approved an initial $15 million for Gateway in November 2011 and Mr. Schumer said an additional $20 million was close to being secured. The total project is expected to cost $13-$15 billion and will not be completed before 2020.
The two rail tunnels that connect New Jersey and New York and both are more than 100 years old.
A new urgency has been brought to the project, Mr. Schumer said, since Amtrak's engineers determined that the best place to construct Gateway was directly under the Hudson Yards development on Manhattan's West Side. The Related Companies is expected to break ground on the massive, mixed-use project late this year potentially complicating Gateway if it does not start soon.
The Gateway project would expand capacity from two to four rail lines between New Jersey and midtown NYC, build new tracks and platforms at Penn Station and improve electrical connections. The new rail lines would relieve what is considered the worst transit bottleneck in the country, boosting commuter capacity on New Jersey Transit by 75%. Gateway would also allow Amtrak to expand its high-speed Acela service, which is necessary for the development of state-supported high speed rail in New York.