Rail Industry News

Amtrak News Release: Amtrak Ridership Rolls Up Best-Ever Records

Release Date: 
Oct 17 2011

October 13, 2011 WASHINGTON DC - Amtrak carried nearly 30.2 million passengers in Fiscal Year 2011 ending September 30, marking the highest ridership total since the National Railroad Passenger Corporation started operations in 1971 and the eighth ridership record during the last nine years. Ridership versus the prior year is up by more than five percent - and ticket revenue is up by more than eight percent -- despite significant weather related disruptions in the Northeast, Central and Western U.S. 

Pennsylvania’s Keystone Rail Corridor Receives $40 Million from USDOT

Release Date: 
Oct 3 2011

On September 30, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood awarded a $40 million grant to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to eliminate delays in and out of Harrisburg on Amtrak’s Keystone Corridor. The project consists of replacing aging track and signals with modern technologies. The Department of Transportation had previously funded $23 million to the Keystone Corridor to improve safety and allow future train speeds to increase from 110 mph to 125 mph.

SPRC News Release: Chair Paula Hammond Issues Statement on House FY 2012 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Act

Release Date: 
Sep 12 2011

September 9, 2011 - Chair Paula Hammond of the States for Passenger Rail Coalition (SPRC) released a statement in response to the House FY 2012 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Act. The SPRC is an alliance of 33 state leaders who work together to support the development and growth of intercity passenger rail service for America.

Click on the attachment below to read the full statement.

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NARP News Release: House Subcommittee Passes "Kill Amtrak" Bill

High-Speed Rail Funding Eliminated
Release Date: 
Sep 9 2011

September 9, 2011 - The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation & Housing yesterday voted to slash Amtrak’s operating grant 60% -- from $563 million this year and last, to $227 million. Capital grants (including debt service) would drop from $924 million to $889 milllion.

Amtrak News Release: House Republican Budget Plan Will Eliminate All State-Supported Amtrak Service

Release Date: 
Sep 8 2011

September 8, 2011 - Despite record-breaking Amtrak ridership and strong support for intercity passenger rail by 15 states, the House Republican transportation budget plan will effectively eliminate all state-supported Amtrak service across the country for the fiscal year beginning October 1.

Secretary LaHood Announces Nearly $745 Million in Rail Funding along the Northeast Corridor

Major Upgrades & Construction to the NEC will Create Jobs & Continue to Deliver High-Speed Rail
Release Date: 
Aug 29 2011

August 22, 2011 - Last week, U.S.

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