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How to Get Home for the Holidays at a Fraction of the Cost

U.S. News Travel | Posted 12.17.2014 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

When it comes to holiday travel, scenes from Steve Martin's miserable journey in the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles undoubtedly come to mind.

Michigan Man Faces Hearing In Amtrak Train Stabbings

AP | Posted 12.08.2014 | Crime

NILES, Mich. (AP) — A passenger accused of stabbing four people on an Amtrak train in southwest Michigan told police he began the attack after seein...

6 Reasons Why Long Distance Train Travel Is Worth It

The Huffington Post | Ethan Klapper | Posted 11.27.2014 | Travel

Taking a long-distance train is not the fastest mode of transportation, but it’s certainly much more relaxing than being crammed into flying metal t...

Riding the Sunset Limited

Arthur Hoyle | Posted 11.11.2014 | Travel
Arthur Hoyle

Recently my wife and I rode Amtrak's Sunset Limited from Los Angeles to New Orleans. We were heading out for a two-week vacation tour of Louisiana and...

Odds Are, You Are Suspicious

Samia Hossain | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Samia Hossain

Amtrak police has not reported a single instance of finding and catching a potential terrorist or serious threat as a result of its suspicious activity reports, yet it is using the same heavy-handed, dragnet approach that we've seen in many of the government's other counter-terrorism and drug trafficking prevention efforts.

So Now Replacing 100-Year Old Tunnels Is a Liberal Boondoggle?

Edward Wytkind | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

When Wall Street bankers are stuck in Weehawken for hours on their way to work because the tunnels are shut down, they're going to wish there had been some good old-fashioned "liberal" spending programs.

3 People Struck By California Passenger Train

AP | Posted 10.12.2014 | Crime

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a passenger train struck people taking photos on a trestle on the California coast and one person was k...

The Invisible Hand Is in Your Pocket Now

Llewellyn King | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Llewellyn King

We are witnessing a vast change in the way we pay for things with tipping subsidizing companies, fees fattening airlines, banks and hotels against the interest - and often the foreknowledge - of the customer.

Amtrak Brings Back Luxury Leaf-Peeping Car

AP | Posted 11.15.2014 | Travel

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Amtrak is bringing its vintage "Great Dome" car to upstate New York for a six-week run during the fall foliage season. ...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

grist.org | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...