Articles tagged “amtrak”

Amtrak Makes Plea to Congress for Another $1.5 Billion Bailout

Amtrak Makes Plea to Congress for Another $1.5 Billion Bailout

David Shepardson, Reuters

Bailout has become a dirty word. But despite its enormous size, the United States needs efficient rail transportation. Amtrak isn't perfect, but it's the best we've got. It needs to stay in business.

5 months ago

Amtrak’s Hopeful Break-Even Year Projected to Turn to a $700 Million Loss

Amtrak’s Hopeful Break-Even Year Projected to Turn to a $700 Million Loss

Brian Sumers, Skift

Amtrak wanted to break even this year on an operating basis. That was a nice goal, but it was all academic. Amtrak is the U.S. national railway, and the government will do what it must to keep it running.

6 months ago

Amtrak Names Another Airline Exec as Top Boss to Replace Former Delta CEO Richard Anderson

Amtrak Names Another Airline Exec as Top Boss to Replace Former Delta CEO Richard Anderson

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Richard Anderson deserves kudos for having helped to revitalize Amtrak in his three years as CEO. The former Delta Air Lines top boss put the U.S. railway operator on track to its first-ever operating profit while also improving its safety record.

8 months ago

U.S. May Have to Accept That True High-Speed Rail Is Out of Reach

U.S. May Have to Accept That True High-Speed Rail Is Out of Reach

Noah Smith, Bloomberg

The fantasy of true high-speed rail in the U.S. — something faster than the current Acela that would actually attract tourists — is mesmerizing. But this writer has a point: A transit system that better links commuters to their jobs would benefit more people.

10 months ago

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.

12 months 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.

12 months 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

2 years 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.

2 years ago