Articles tagged “amtrak”

Amtrak Charts Difficult Course to First Break-Even While Spending to Upgrade Operations

Amtrak Charts Difficult Course to First Break-Even While Spending to Upgrade Operations

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Former Delta CEO Richard Anderson has been spearheading a revamp of the U.S. national railway through boosting safety, driving more profits from its co-branded credit card, and creating a mix of more low-cost and premium services in the U.S. northeastern corridor. Anderson's tricky balance is being ambitious while trimming longstanding losses.

2 weeks ago

Amtrak Is Running Late as It Begins to Tackle Single-Use Plastics

Amtrak Is Running Late as It Begins to Tackle Single-Use Plastics

Micheline Maynard, Skift

Other global rail companies are speeding ahead of Amtrak in reducing single-use plastics, but Amtrak is trying to make up the time.

3 weeks ago

Amtrak CEO Sees Short-Haul Flight Hassles as Fuel for the Railway’s Turnaround

Amtrak CEO Sees Short-Haul Flight Hassles as Fuel for the Railway’s Turnaround

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Amtrak's modernization effort is underway. If it remains nimble, it can take advantage of shifts in consumer behavior as car ownership declines and travelers look to avoid the headache of heading to the airport for a short flight.

2 months ago

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Executive Q&A: Connecting the Dots Between Loyalty and Design

Executive Q&A: Connecting the Dots Between Loyalty and Design

ICF Next + Skift

Travel brands are beginning to embrace the principles of human-centered design to rethink the way they develop products and experiences. But where does loyalty fit into the equation? Empathy and giving the customer a seat at the table is a great place to start.

2 months ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: Amtrak CEO Wants to Bring Airline Nimbleness to the Rails

Skift Global Forum Preview: Amtrak CEO Wants to Bring Airline Nimbleness to the Rails

Brian Sumers, Skift

Amtrak needed someone to come in and run it like a private business. Former Delta CEO Richard Anderson was probably the right choice. He knows how to turn things around, even if he may ruffle a few feathers along the way.

2 months ago

Amtrak CEO Urges Trump to Fund New York-New Jersey Improvements

Amtrak CEO Urges Trump to Fund New York-New Jersey Improvements

Ryan Beene, Bloomberg

Political shenanigans and rivalries stand in the way of much-needed improvements to Amtrak's operations in New York. Who knows if they'll ever be completed given Trump's animosity for his rivals.

5 months ago

Amtrak Enhances DC to New York Service But Troubles Remain

Amtrak Enhances DC to New York Service But Troubles Remain

Elise Young, Bloomberg

Amtrak is spending billions on new stations and faster tracks along the Northeast U.S. corridor, the nation's busiest train route. But the railway operator's work will be useless if any of the tunnels or rail bridges connecting New York with New Jersey and Connecticut falter.

10 months ago

Amtrak Sleeper Car Attendant Brings Old-Fashioned Hospitality to the Rails

Amtrak Sleeper Car Attendant Brings Old-Fashioned Hospitality to the Rails

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

Business travelers and commuters may be Amtrak's bread and butter, but many leisure travelers have decades of warm feelings for its sleeper cars, and the old-fashioned hospitality they afford.

12 months ago

Amtrak Rail Tunnel Funding Still Unclear After Cuomo-Trump Meeting

Amtrak Rail Tunnel Funding Still Unclear After Cuomo-Trump Meeting

Elise Young, Toluse Olorunnipa, and Henry Goldman, Bloomberg

President Trump promised voters an overhaul of the country's infrastructure and so far he hasn't delivered. The northeast corridor rail tunnel is perhaps the greatest infrastructure test the president will have to put money where his mouth is.

12 months ago

Amtrak May Swap Some Trains for Buses During Safety Upgrade

Amtrak May Swap Some Trains for Buses During Safety Upgrade

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Swapping trains for buses will certainly worsen the lives of some passengers, but installing positive train control and preventing fatal accidents is urgent.

1 year ago

Senator Tells Trump Don’t Get Political With Vital Commuter Rail Tunnel

Senator Tells Trump Don’t Get Political With Vital Commuter Rail Tunnel

Jennifer Jacobs, Billy House and Justin Sink, Bloomberg

Trump's opposition to federal funding for the Gateway tunnel project between New York and New Jersey is only the latest example of playing to his base outside the northeastern U.S. He talks about rebuilding the nation's infrastructure but that doesn't apply when it comes to projects in some Blue states.

2 years ago

Trump’s Bad Approach to Transportation Laid Bare in Plans for Northeast Corridor Rail Network

Trump’s Bad Approach to Transportation Laid Bare in Plans for Northeast Corridor Rail Network

Mark Niquette, Bloomberg

This is an embarrassment on every level for U.S. infrastructure.

2 years ago