Articles tagged “amtrak”

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 days 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.

1 week 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.

3 weeks 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.

3 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.

4 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?

7 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.

11 months 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.

11 months 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.

1 year ago

Amtrak Turns to Private Money to Help Fund New York Tunnel

Amtrak Turns to Private Money to Help Fund New York Tunnel

Hilary Russ and Edward Krudy, Reuters

That the U.S.'s most important rail connection has to deal with these funding issues is a testament to idiotic transportation policy at the federal and state levels.

2 years ago

Amtrak Launches Its First New Brand Campaign in 15 Years

Amtrak Launches Its First New Brand Campaign in 15 Years

Greg Oates, Skift

Amtrak is collecting content from both professional "Amtrak Residency" writers and its customers to create a large enough inventory of stories and visuals to show the scale of the rail line's national network.

2 years ago

Amtrak Starts Charging Fees for Excess Baggage

Amtrak Starts Charging Fees for Excess Baggage

Associated Press

Amtrak, thankfully, says it's not trying to generate revenue by charging fees to passengers exceeding its already generous baggage allowances.

2 years ago