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The Cost of Free Information

Alejandra Dubcovsky | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Alejandra Dubcovsky

The Drug Enforcement Agency paid over three quarters of million dollars for information that it could have gotten legally and for free. This money went to an Amtrak employee for confidential information about train passengers.

Friday Talking Points -- Dog Days

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome to the 'Dog Days' of summer, at the height of the political Silly Season. This year, one dog did indeed have his day in August, as 7-year-old 'Duke' just won a rather bizarre election to become mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota.

Chris Christie Feuds With Angry Commuters On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) took to Twitter recently to spar with commuters who were angry that their train was delayed. The exchange, which...

Again and Again

Brian Benson | Posted 10.06.2014 | Books
Brian Benson

I am sitting in the viewing car of a Portland-bound train, sipping beer and staring out at slow-rolling Montana. My journal is in my lap, open to an empty page. It's been there for about an hour. I haven't touched it.

Trial Begins In Train-Truck Crash That Killed 6

AP | SCOTT SONNER | Posted 08.06.2014 | Crime

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lawyers defending a Nevada trucking firm being sued for negligence in a fiery 2011 crash with an Amtrak train told jurors Tuesday ...

WATCH: Senator Almost Hit By Train During Train Safety Press Conference

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) was nearly hit by an Amtrak train on Friday -- during a press conference about the importance of commuter rail ...

Kim Bellware

Amtrak's Writer's Residency Is Either A Dream Opportunity Or Too Good To Be True | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.18.2014 | Books

CHICAGO -- Amtrak had wordsmiths around the nation buzzing when it announced plans to launch residency program for writers in late February, but conce...

Amtrak's Brilliant 'Residency' Program

Kurt Michael Friese | Posted 04.26.2014 | Travel
Kurt Michael Friese

Like (seemingly) every single writer and aspiring writer in the US, I was jumping up and down and scaring my pets when I heard about the idea of Amtra...

Amtrak To Offer Amazing Program For Writers

Posted 02.24.2014 | Books

Thanks to novelist Alexander Chee -- who recently expressed his wish to see Amtrak begin a writer's residency -- the railroad service is about to offe...

This Map Will Change How You View Public Transportation In America

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business

Want to channel your inner Jack Kerouac but too broke to own a car? Just really into "map porn"? Then this one is for you. This incredibly detailed...

Joe Biden Got To Check Out Amtrak's New Engine Today, So It Was Basically The Best Day Ever

The Huffington Post | Ethan Klapper | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

You don't need to know much about Vice President Joe Biden to know about his love affair with Amtrak. As a longtime senator from Delaware, Biden would...

Here's How To Travel The Entire Country Without Ever Getting In A Car | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel

This painstaking map is a labor of love by the American Intercity Bus Riders Association, and it shows all the intercity transit routes in the U.S. ...

Sam Stein

Sorry Acela Elites, This Budget Deal Is Not For You | Sam Stein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Amtrak riders who live in the infamous Acela corridor lost out in the bipartisan budget deal reached between House and Senate approp...

Travelers Spend The Night On Snowbound Amtrak Trains

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel

CHICAGO (AP) — Most of the 500 Amtrak passengers who spent the night onboard three trains stranded in snow in northern Illinois are finally heading ...

5 Travel Resolutions to Keep This Year

Quia Querisma | Posted 03.05.2014 | Travel
Quia Querisma

Rather than setting broad, sweeping goals, why not approach them in a more specific manner? In addition to getting in shape and quitting vices, many people resolve to travel more.

The Man I Met on the Way to Montreal

Diane Vadino | Posted 02.17.2014 | Travel
Diane Vadino

Yesterday I took the train to Montreal. I love taking the train, and I actually particularly loving taking inefficient trains -- like Amtrak's Adiro...

Life on the Train

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

I am not sure why but I love to travel on the train. The seats are nice and wide and there is a place to plug in your cell phone or laptop computer ri...

Why Has the FAA and FCC Been Lying to Us About Cell Phones on Planes?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.12.2014 | Travel
Blake Fleetwood

For more than 22 years the FAA and the FCC have essentially feeding us an urban myth that cell phone use would crash planes. Who could question passenger safety?

Amtrak Train Collides With Vehicle

AP | Posted 12.12.2013 | Crime

WAVERLY, Va. (AP) — Police say an Amtrak train has collided with a vehicle in eastern Virginia and there are injuries. Virginia State Police spokes...

New York-Bound Amtrak Train Derails In South Carolina

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Several cars of the New York City-bound Amtrak Crescent carrying 218 passengers and crew members went off the tracks early ...

A Girl's Guide To Riding Alone

Kate McGovern | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Kate McGovern

I'd read somewhere that Amtrak's California Zephyr, 52 hours from Chicago to San Francisco, was the most beautiful train route in America. I'd been stateside again for almost a year when I thought, why not? I'd never been to San Francisco. I had a job with paid vacation days. I booked a ticket.

Rebuild America or Let it Wither

Edward Wytkind | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

The U.S. cannot afford much more of this amateur-hour policymaking. The costs to our economy are too great. It is time for a bipartisan agreement to make the necessary long-term investments in transportation systems and infrastructure.

Former NSA Chief Gets An Eavesdropping Lesson

AP | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Former National Security Agency chief Michael V. Hayden learned a lesson about eavesdropping aboard an Amtrak train ...

More People Are Riding Amtrak This Year Than Last Year

AP | Posted 12.14.2013 | Travel

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Amtrak says ridership was up in two of its three northern New England routes in the last fiscal year. Amtrak said...

Soak Up Some Sand, Surf and Sun in South Central

Lauren Brown Jarvis | Posted 12.07.2013 | Travel
Lauren Brown Jarvis

As a newcomer to Southern California, I'm still waiting to see the parts that aren't beautiful.