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Amtrak is considering suspending service on tracks that don't have sophisticated speed controls by a December 31 deadline.

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Earlier this month, Canadian officials approved a preclearance agreement that expands the ability of border agents from the U.S. and Canada to collaborate. It’s also expected to accelerate passenger rail crossings at the border.

The Amtrak crash in Washington state has rail safety advocates fuming.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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A seventeen-year-old boy was injured by a passenger train in the Saratoga County town of Wilton on Saturday.

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The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that the cause of a 2015 Amtrak train derailment in Vermont was debris on the tracks from a rock slide.

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In the wake of the terrorist attack on Manchester, New York City Police have stepped up counter-terrorism efforts around Madison Square Garden and other high-profile locations. Authorities closer to home are also on heightened alert.

Police say a Vermont woman is dead after the car she was driving was hit by an Amtrak passenger train in the town of Colchester Sunday night.

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Following last week’s derailment at Penn Station in New York City, the U.S. Senate Minority Leader is warning feds against making cuts to Amtrak.

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Amtrak's CEO says that a train derailment in New York that has caused major delays for commuters at the nation's busiest rail hub was caused when a track split after the train went over a weakened wooden railroad tie.

Departure Board At Penn Station Is No More

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A longstanding ritual for travelers at the nation's busiest rail hub came to an end late Monday when workers began removing the large board that announced the times and platforms of departing trains at New York City's Pennsylvania Station.

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New York U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Northern New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, have announced the passage of a bill they say would save hours of delays at Northern Border crossings.

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Gondolas are a common site at large ski resorts, carrying visitors to the highest peaks, but they can also cross rivers, and one such project is under consideration in the Capital District. A transportation feasibility study is under way on an aerial gondola between the Amtrak station in Rensselear, across the Hudson River into downtown Albany. The McLaren Engineering Group is self-funding the study. Peter Melewski is the national director of strategic planning for McLaren.

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Authorities say there are no reports of injuries after an Amtrak train carrying 173 passengers collided with a sedan in the Hudson Valley Friday.

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Eight months away from the scheduled completion of the renovation of Union Station in Springfield, Amtrak officials toured the work site today with the goal of providing suggestions to make the $88.5 million publicly funded project a success.

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Vermont state officials have announced that the Amtrak Vermonter trains are launching a new service allowing bikes to be loaded onto trains.

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A fatal train derailment Sunday in Pennsylvania once again has put the spotlight on rail safety, with at least one area lawmaker calling for technological improvements.

Authorities say an Amtrak train struck a piece of construction equipment just south of Philadelphia, and some injuries are being reported.

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An upstate New York assemblywoman is renewing a push to allow for more bicycles to be carried into the region on passenger trains to support tourism.

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Police have identified a Vermont man who was struck and killed by an Amtrak train.

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Amtrak says it will now allow passengers on some Northeast routes to bring along their pets. Under the program, passengers can take a cat or small dog on trips up to seven hours long.

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Amtrak says the Vermonter service is now fully restored following the train derailment in Northfield.

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.

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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.

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$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.

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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.

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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.

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