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How To Master The Art Of Amtrak Travel

Travel + Leisure | Posted 09.15.2015 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Riding the rails -- it's a beloved experience that many prefer to plane or car travel. There are no security lines and no traffic, plus the benefit of wider seats and more legroom. But among those who don't travel Amtrak regularly, it's common to hear complaints.

I'll Take Your Hypocrisy If You Build Me a Tunnel

Edward Wytkind | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

Chris Christie says as president he'd move aggressively on Amtrak's long delayed Hudson River rail tunnel project -- yes, the same tunnel project he killed as governor five years ago. While cynics question motives here and wonder just how much hypocrisy we'll have to endure in this presidential election, I'll take what I can get.

Amtrak on the Wrong Track: Travelling the U.S. Railroads on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 07.16.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Virtually every other rail company I have traveled on throughout the world issues a numbered reservation, thus avoiding such a circus.

House Passes Bill To Slash $242 Million From Amtrak's Budget

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House passed legislation Tuesday to cut Amtrak's budget by $242 million, though lawmakers added new funding for...

What Is It Like to Survive a Train Wreck?

Quora | Posted 06.09.2015 | Weird News

Being in a train crash is a very interesting experience. Its the scariest thing that I've been through, and the most enlightening.

Leo Express: A Gleaming New Train Service Coming to a Station Near You

Bill_Robinson | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business

Amazing new business models are rare ... even in this time of great 'disruption.' Many start-ups position themselves as disrupting because they feel they have to or die. So they reach.

Old, Old Glory

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

If we are to have a government, it should at least do the bare minimum of what's necessary for a modern, competitive society. Now, in 2015, a high-speed railway system and effective public transit are necessary.

Winning the Competition

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

We must make certain that America remains a leader on the world stage. This will happen when we take the necessary time and money to advance our transportation system, which is an investment in our people and the future of America.

Conductor With Broken Back Sues Amtrak Over Crash

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2015 | Business

(Corrects first name of train engineer in 10th paragraph, Brandon instead of Brian) May 19 (Reuters) - A conductor critically injured ...

I Am Having Trouble Writing This Because Being Gay Is So Distracting

Domenick Scudera | Posted 05.19.2015 | Comedy
Domenick Scudera

The recent Amtrak crash was a tragedy. Why did it happen? American Family Radio host Sandy Rios believes the train engineer's homosexuality could have been a factor. She suggests that the engineer, like all homosexuals, could have been "going through some confusion that has to do with the very core of who they are." This is an interesting angle on the... the... um... um....

Amtrak Seeks Fast U.S. Approval For Automated Braking Feature

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

By David Morgan WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) - Amtrak is seeking expedited approval to equip the Philadelphia site of last week's hig...

FBI Examination Finds No Evidence On Derailed Amtrak Train Of Damage Caused By Firearm

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) - An FBI examination of the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia last week killing eight people has found no eviden...

Attacking a Gay Engineer Won't Un-Crash That Train

H. Alan Scott | Posted 05.18.2015 | Media
H. Alan Scott

We're all more than a headline, or a tweet, or a 15-second Instagram video. We're human, made up of different ideas and experiences that shape who we are. By focusing on one event, and especially one aspect of a person, we're using this judgment as an answer to the problem, or worse, flat out discrimination.

Is Jeb's Mulligan on Iraq Convincing or a Tar Baby He Can't Escape?

Mark Green | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Mark Green


Jeb and TPP had second chances this week -- will they work? And what explains Stephanopoulos's gift to the Clinton Foundation? Rich Lowry and David Corn of National Review and Mother Jones debate these three "oops's". Then: who's "stupid" -- Dems for linking Amtrak funding and the Philly derailing or Boehner for de-linking them?

Amtrak Service Between Philadelphia And New York Resumes

AP | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amtrak trains began rolling between New York and Philadelphia early Monday, the first time in almost a week following a deadly c...

U.S. Regulators Order Amtrak To Improve Safety Of Northeast Corridor Route

Reuters | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics

(Adds details of FRA order, background) WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) - U.S. regulators have ordered passenger railroad Amtrak to immed...

Friday Talking Points -- Is That Your Final Answer, Jeb?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Jeb Bush, in case you haven't heard, spent the entire week coming up with a believable answer to one question After watching Bush twist in the wind this week, we can't help but wonder if the 2016 Republican nomination race is going to closely resemble the 2008 Democratic nomination fight.

Amtrak Train May Have Been Struck Or 'Shot At' Before Crash

AP | MICHAEL R. SISAK and MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 05.15.2015 | Crime

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Amtrak train that derailed along the nation's busiest tracks may have been struck by an object in the moments before it cras...

Stupid Is as Stupid Does, Mr. Speaker

Erica Payne | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Erica Payne

At his weekly press conference, the GOP's "Crybaby in Chief" lashed out at a reporter for daring to question the role his party's cut-happy orthodoxy played in Tuesday's Amtrak accident.

Behind Amtrak's Failure To Gain Crash-Preventing Technology

International Business Times | Posted 05.15.2015 | Crime

In the public eye, the disaster on the rails this week in Philadelphia was not only tragic but also shocking. As a crowded Amtrak train approached a b...

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Groups Sue Over Oil Train Rules, Cite Amtrak Crash | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Environmental groups are suing the Obama administration over recently announced rules for transporting oil by rail, arguing they allow u...

Father, Son Shopping Near Amtrak Crash Help Pull About 20 People From Train

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 05.14.2015 | Good News

A simple trip to the store became a rescue mission for a Philadelphia father and his 16-year-old son. Harry Krings and his son, Chris, were on the...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Schumer Slams Boehner For Saying It's ‘Stupid' To Think Funding Cuts Caused Amtrak Crash | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) took time Thursday to directly attack House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for saying it’s “stupid” to ...

The Safest Place To Sit On A Train Is...

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.19.2015 | Science

Tuesday's deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, which killed eight people and injured more than 200, has turned the country's attention to railroa...

'Green News Report' -- May 14, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.14.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hours after Amtrak crash, Republicans vote to cut Amtrak's budget; FBI violated its own rules to spy on Keystone XL pipeline protesters; Hawaii votes to be first in the nation to reach 100% renewable energy