Federal investigators are probing the derailment of a Washington, D.C.-bound Amtrak train in Vermont that left seven people hurt this week. The train carrying 98 passengers and four crew members derailed at about 10:30 Monday morning.

Governor's office

UPDATED AT 3:27 p.m.

An Amtrak train headed from Vermont to Washington, D.C., derailed in central Vermont on Monday after apparently striking rocks that were on the tracks. No life-threatening injuries were reported.


$120 million in federal and state money was spent over the last three years to build a high speed rail line, with new track, ties, switches, and stations, running parallel to the Connecticut River in Massachusetts.  Now local officials are working to get more trains running on that line called the Knowledge Corridor.

Stephen Gottlieb: Amtrak Subsidy

Aug 25, 2015

I’d like to talk about an issue that has been below the surface of the news but reflects a constant disagreement in our politics. Economic conservatives would displace almost everything in favor of the marketplace. But when you decide what to pay for, what are you including or excluding from the transaction?

  The recent Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia renewed calls for an infrastructure overhaul.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the House’s inaction is unacceptable.

Senator Charles Schumer has accused House Speaker John Boehner of "massive ignorance" about rail safety and wants Congress to pay for rail infrastructure improvements after Amtrak's deadly derailment. 

The New York Democrat says Congress must address Amtrak's $21 billion state of good repair backlog.

Federal investigators have said the train was traveling 106 miles per hour before hitting a curve where the speed limit is 50 mph. The accident occurred Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

5/15/15 Panel

May 15, 2015


  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith.

Scheduled topics include Amtrak crash inquiry; Jeb Bush on Iraq; WWI vet Henry Johnson to receive Medal of Honor; Governor Cuomo’s Job Creation Program; George Stephanopoulos’ Gifts to Clinton Foundation.


A new era of train travel has arrived in western Massachusetts. High-speed passenger service has come to the region because of new tracks, crossing signals and other upgrades paid for by the multi-billion dollar economic recovery bill passed by the Congress in 2009.


Tonight, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck will host a public meeting to discuss Amtrak train emissions at the Rensselaer Rail Yard. The gathering is in response to residents' concerns about diesel smoke at the yard's Amtrak maintenance facility.

Two people were killed when an Amtrak train carrying 180 passengers partially derailed last night after colliding with a truck in Mansfield, Massachusetts, outside Boston. No one on the train was injured, but the two occupants of the vehicle confirmed dead by the MBTA police. The train bound for Boston from Washington was forced off the tracks after striking the vehicle in what local police are referring to as a “very large crime scene.” Amtrak tweeted that service has been restored.