Articles tagged “amtrak”

High-Speed Rail Plans Materialize Between Baltimore and Washington

High-Speed Rail Plans Materialize Between Baltimore and Washington

Associated Press

Building high-speed rail is a terribly slow process in the U.S., but this 15-minute stretch between Baltimore and D.C. is a good start. It would be welcome news for day-trippers and business travelers. But extending it to New York? Now we're talking.

1 month ago

Amtrak CEO-In-Waiting Richard Anderson Boasts About Rail Line’s Seat Quality

Amtrak CEO-In-Waiting Richard Anderson Boasts About Rail Line’s Seat Quality

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Yes, on short routes between big cities, Amtrak is competitive with airlines. And if new CEO Richard Anderson improves the rail line's on-time performance, perhaps more customers will try Amtrak. But in the United States, rail likely will never be a viable option for many. It's not ubiquitous enough.

2 months ago

Amtrak Ads Call Out Air Travel While Execs Mull Basic Economy

Amtrak Ads Call Out Air Travel While Execs Mull Basic Economy

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Amtrak's new videos speak the truth about the easy comfort of train travel, while flying basic economy is rife with pain points. But how many flyers will become rail-converts for the comfort?

2 months ago

U.S. Rail Line Amtrak Mulls Shrinking Legroom Like Airlines Do

U.S. Rail Line Amtrak Mulls Shrinking Legroom Like Airlines Do

Associated Press

Senator Schumer's opposition won't be enough to dissuade Amtrak from installing economy seats and mounting an initiative to increase ancillary revenue. Hellooo: Former Delta CEO Richard Anderson is the new Amtrak CEO. Enough said.

4 months ago

Federal Officials Weigh True Cost of High-Speed Rail in Northeastern U.S.

Federal Officials Weigh True Cost of High-Speed Rail in Northeastern U.S.

Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press

The population density of the Northeast begs for better high-speed rail. Updating the infrastructure may disturb some areas, but as with New York's Penn Station, the status quo is unsustainable.

4 months ago

Amtrak’s New CEO Is Delta Air Lines’ Old CEO

Amtrak’s New CEO Is Delta Air Lines’ Old CEO

Associated Press

Before Richard Anderson took over Delta, the airline was a mess. Now, it's considered by many as the best-run airline in the United States. We'd love to think Anderson can do something similar here, but fixing Amtrak will be a much more challenging task.

5 months ago

Amtrak CEO Says New York Rail Troubles Will Worsen Without More Funding

Amtrak CEO Says New York Rail Troubles Will Worsen Without More Funding

Elise Young and Mark Niquette, Bloomberg

Travelers to New York depend on trains -- safety issues and chronic delays must be addressed before tackling the aesthetic horror that is Penn Station. Hopefully Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan will come through and finally make New York's rail system world-class.

7 months ago

Amtrak’s Revived Colorado Ski Train Was a Success With Tourists This Year

Amtrak’s Revived Colorado Ski Train Was a Success With Tourists This Year

Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

If you build a train that makes it easier for tourists to get from gateways and airports to resorts, they will come -- or ride -- and be happier for it.

8 months ago

Upgrade for America’s Busiest Rail Lines Depends on Trump Administration

Upgrade for America’s Busiest Rail Lines Depends on Trump Administration

David Shepardson, Reuters

The Northeast Corridor rail lines serve a staggering number of travelers, and are long overdue for upgrades that would allow the high-speed Acela train to live up to its name. Improved train service would also relieve some of the mounting pressure on roads. Trump has pledged to spend billions on infrastructure projects like this, but will it really happen?

11 months ago

Winners and Losers of Summer Travel 2016

Winners and Losers of Summer Travel 2016

Colin Nagy, Skift

In other words: Summer is over. But it had some bright spots.

1 year ago

Amtrak’s New CEO Is a Freight Rail Veteran

Amtrak’s New CEO Is a Freight Rail Veteran

Joan Lowy, Associated Press

As Amtrak works hard to redefine itself as a leisure travel option, it knows that working with the freight train companies it shares the rails with will be a crucial undertaking in that transformation.

1 year ago

Skift CMO Interviews: Amtrak’s CMO on Selling Train Travel in Car Country

Skift CMO Interviews: Amtrak’s CMO on Selling Train Travel in Car Country

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Amtrak is looking to redefine itself into a solid leisure travel option for American travelers looking to experience the country in a different way.

2 years ago