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In the Public Interest: The Little Train that Could ... and Did

Tony Dutzik | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Tony Dutzik

When President Obama took office in 2009, he brought with him the greatest hope in decades for reinvestment in the nation's passenger rail system. T...

John Celock

Chris Christie To Lead Political Train Ride From N.J. To Washington | John Celock | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will be leading a New Jersey invasion of Washington Thursday night, following the state's annual train party for po...

Matt Sledge

Amtrak Bridge's Jam Delays Northeast Riders, Highlights Rail Troubles | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.05.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- A critical bridge between Newark and New York could not be swiveled into place for more than two hours late Wednesday night, stranding pas...

Matt Sledge

GOP Candidates Praise Tolls But Ignore Jobs In Transportation Talk | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama made improving transportation infrastructure a centerpiece of both his 2009 stimulus bill and 2011's American Jobs Act, which d...

Smooth Holiday Travel As Christmas Nears

AP | Posted 12.23.2011 | Travel

NEW YORK -- More Americans are expected to take long trips this holiday season – and in many parts of the country it looks to be smooth sailing....

Getting Home For the Holidays, At Any Cost

Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.14.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

With the exception of those who have their 25-year-olds back living in their childhood bedrooms and their mothers moved into their guest rooms, getting everyone together for the holidays is difficult. Yet the notion of "going home for the holidays" is the gold standard of holiday happiness. Your holiday will not be complete if each and every living blood relative and then some aren't gathered under the same roof. It's what we are supposed to do at all costs. And I do mean at all costs.

The Public Be Damned: Using the Amtrak Script to Kill the Post Office

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Kelly Kleiman

There is an alternative to the current flood of crocodile tears over the death of written communication. We could return to the social compact that regarded mail service as something to be paid for by the people who benefit from it most.

The Virtues And Vices Of American Rail Travel

Thomas A. Shakely | Posted 02.01.2012 | Travel
Thomas A. Shakely

For all the manifest deficiencies and embarrassments of American passenger rail, its great virtue lies in its ability to introduce one to beauty.

PHOTOS: How I Became A Rail Fan

Olga Bonfiglio | Posted 01.28.2012 | Travel
Olga Bonfiglio

Years after a childhood Amtrak ride, I discovered the Empire Builder, the long-haul line from Chicago to Seattle and Portland. I decided the adventure of traveling all those miles was just too good to miss.

A More Expensive Thanksgiving Travel Season Underway

AP | NOMAAN MERCHANT | Posted 01.23.2012 | Travel

CHICAGO — Undeterred by costlier gas and airfare, millions of Americans set out Wednesday to see friends and family in what is expected to be th...

PHOTOS: A Look At Jemez Springs, NM

Olga Bonfiglio | Posted 01.22.2012 | Travel
Olga Bonfiglio

It didn't take long before we saw amazing vistas where land and sky meet at a faraway horizon and mountains in green, pink, blue or beige depending on their geologic time of formation.

Romney, the Financial Engineer As Job Destroyer, Now Sets His Sights on the National Endowment for the Arts

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Mitt Romney proposes that we cut the National Endowment for the Arts budget. Well, that would help a great deal. That annual budget is expected to be $146 million in 2012, significantly less than Romney and Company made on the Dade International deal alone.

Amtrak Expands Wi-Fi Coverage, But With A Catch

Posted 12.31.2011 | Travel

Rail passengers in the Northeast will no longer have to book seats on Amtrak's pricey Acela to have access to Wi-Fi. Wireless internet access has been...

Amtrak Crash In Oakland Injures 16

AP | By JOHN S. MARSHALL | Posted 12.13.2011 | Travel

SAN FRANCISCO -- An Amtrak train crashed into another train unloading passengers in an Oakland station, leaving 16 people with mainly minor injuries, ...

Amtrak Train Kills Pedestrian In N. Hollywood

Toluca Lake, CA Patch | Craig CloughEmail the Author | Posted 12.06.2011 | Los Angeles

A person was hit and killed by an eastbound Amtrak train Wednesday night in North Hollywood, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The coll...

Amtrak Collision Sends Dozens Of Passengers To The Hospital

AP | Posted 12.01.2011 | San Francisco

BRENTWOOD, Calif. (AP) -- The 37 passengers and two crew members who suffered "minor to moderate" injuries when an Amtrak passenger train collided wit...

1500 Commuters Stranded Underneath Hudson For Two Hours

AP | By KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 11.22.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- A power outage on the busy rail line between New York City and New Jersey stranded 1,500 commuters under the Hudson River for more than tw...

O'Malley: Maryland's New Carrollton Plan Will Create Jobs

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.19.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Metrorail stations in Prince George's County have been called a lost opportunity for transit-oriented development. Often surrounded by s...

Matt Sledge

True High-Speed Rail Projects Unlikely To Be Fast-Tracked By Jobs Bill Funds | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

When President Obama revealed his jobs bill last week, you could almost hear the high-fives from transportation advocates across the country. If th...

Rick Perry President? A Primer on What a Texas Governor's Presidency Can Do For You and the Oil Industry

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.12.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Would a Perry presidency be tempted to follow in this predecessor's footsteps? Given the incestuous interrelationship between Texas politics and oil, in many ways the Bush presidency becomes a cautionary tale.

Hipmunk's New Amtrak Feature Is (Unintentionally) Great For Sustainable Travel

Patti Prairie | Posted 11.08.2011 | Travel
Patti Prairie

Travelers benefit from the saved time and money, and the planet--and all of us--benefit from the resulting decrease in climate change emissions.

Amtrak's Northeast Corridor Suffers After Hurricane Irene

AP | Posted 10.29.2011 | Travel

TRENTON, N.J. -- Amtrak says it's not clear when service will return along the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Philadelphia after Hurricane Iren...

Amtrak Train Derails Near Colo. Border

AP | Posted 10.26.2011 | Denver

BENKELMAN, Neb. — An Amtrak train headed from California to Chicago struck a demolition crane in southwest Nebraska on Friday, forcing two locom...

UPDATE: Air Travel Picks Up After Irene, Trains Still Stuck

Posted 10.26.2011 | Travel

UPDATE 8/30/11 8:30 a.m. EST: Air and rail travel continue to pick up after Irene, but delays and cancellations still thwart travelers. About 650,...

Amtrak And Greyhound, New Target For Border Patrol Agents

Miami Herald | Posted 10.15.2011 | Latino Voices

Immigration searches on public transportation sites are not well publicized. Border patrol agents generally protect the border or coastline. But, Stev...