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Keep up to date on the latest light rail, rapid transit, commuter, and long-distance passenger rail news from coast to coast.

New and Contemporary Dining Soon on Two Amtrak Routes

April 20, 2018

New and Contemporary Dining Soon on Two Amtrak Routes

Amtrak will offer contemporary and fresh dining choices for sleeping car customers, instead of traditional dining car service, embarking aboard its Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited trains starting June 1.


New CDOT Hartford Line to Debut June 15

April 17, 2018

New CDOT Hartford Line to Debut June 15

The Connecticut Department of Transportation today announced it will launch the Hartford Line rail service with an inaugural event on Friday, June 15.


Metra to End Online Ticket Sales

April 2, 2018

Metra to End Online Ticket Sales

The last day to purchase a Monthly Pass (the July pass) via the website will be June 20 and the last day to purchase a 10-Ride Ticket will be June 30.


Amtrak to End Special Trains, Charters

March 28, 2018

Amtrak to End Special Trains, Charters

In a stunning blow to operators and fans of historic locomotives and passenger equipment nationwide, Amtrak issued a memo to employees on March 28 stating its intent to immediately stop hosting charter excursions, private cars and special trains.


New CT Rail Branding Revealed

March 5, 2018

New CT Rail Branding Revealed

Connecticut DOT is branding the new Hartford Line service as “CT Rail.”


Metra to Purchase Surplus Amtrak F59PHIs

February 21, 2018

Metra to Purchase Surplus Amtrak F59PHIs

Chicago commuter carrier Metra announced the purchase of 21 F59HPI diesel locomotives from Amtrak to help with a motive power shortage.


Metro-North Welcomes Catherine Rinaldi as Sixth President

February 21, 2018

Metro-North Welcomes Catherine Rinaldi as Sixth President

The MTA Metro-North Railroad is welcoming its sixth President: Catherine Rinaldi, a veteran of the Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road, will become the first woman to serve in this role.


No Injuries In Boston-Bound Amtrak Acela Train Separation

February 6, 2018

No Injuries In Boston-Bound Amtrak Acela Train Separation

No injuries were reported when Amtrak Acela Train 2150 experienced a separation in while traveling towards Boston South Station on Tuesday.


Investigators Focus on Improperly Lined Switch in Amtrak Silver Star Collision

February 5, 2018

Investigators Focus on Improperly Lined Switch in Amtrak Silver Star Collision

Amtrak President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson issued a statement that said, in part, “CSX had lined and padlocked the switch off the mainline to the siding, causing the collision.”


Amtrak Silver Star collides with CSX freight in South Carolina, 2 dead, dozens injured

February 4, 2018

Amtrak Silver Star collides with CSX freight in South Carolina, 2 dead, dozens injured

Amtrak Train 91, the New York-Miami Silver Star, collided with a CSX freight train near Cayce, S.C., around 2:45 a.m., killing two and injuring more than 100.