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This Week at Amtrak; 2009-12-17

December 17th, 2009 Comments off

Volume 6, Number 52

  1. Sometimes, the information sneaks in through the backdoor, which is fine, as long as it comes in. Read more…

This Week at Amtrak; 2009-12-15

December 15th, 2009 Comments off

Volume 6, Number 51

  1. It’s that time, again. Amtrak has put out the Fall 2009/Winter 2010 national timetable, and these things just keep getting better with every edition. Amtrak’s timetables are one of the few bright spots in the company; each one becomes more user friendly than the previous edition, and the design – which was stagnant for years – shows some zip and imagination. Read more…

This Week at Amtrak; 2009-12-10

December 10th, 2009 Comments off

Volume 6, Number 50

  1. Just when we thought things were slowing down for the Christmas season … word has come the Amtrak Board of Directors has authorized taking the current tri-weekly Sunset Limited and turning it into a daily operation. Read more…
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This Week at Amtrak; 2009-12-08

December 8th, 2009 Comments off

Volume 6, Number 49

  1. Finally, at last, after waiting oh, so very long (Too long, in fact.), SunRail, the 61 mile long commuter rail system in Central Florida serving the Metropolitan Orlando area is about to be a reality. Read more…

This Week at Amtrak; 2009-12-07

December 6th, 2009 Comments off

This Week at Amtrak; December 7, 2009

Volume 6, Number 48

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This Week at Amtrak; 2009-11-24

November 24th, 2009 Comments off

Volume 6, Number 47

  1. Today is the Tuesday before the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and Wednesday is considered by everyone to be just about the busiest travel day of the year, even in times of recession. Read more…

This Week at Amtrak; 2009-11-17

November 17th, 2009 Comments off

Volume 6, Number 46

  1. Here is the text of a speech delivered to the Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers here in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, November 7, 2009 by this writer. Read more…

This Week at Amtrak; 2009-10-30

October 30th, 2009 Comments off

Volume 6, Number 45

  1. Here is the latest press release from Crown corporation VIA Rail Canada, Amtrak’s cold weather cousin in the Great Northland. Read, absorb, and learn. Read more…
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This Week at Amtrak; 2009-10-22

October 22nd, 2009 Comments off

Volume 6, Number 44

  1. Well. A lot has been happening in the two weeks since the last This Week at Amtrak was published. Before we get into some specifics, we first need to hear what Minnesota Association of Rail Passengers and United Rail Passenger Alliance Vice President of Law and Policy Andrew Selden has to say on the current state of Amtrak. Read more…

This Week at Amtrak; 2009-10-09

October 9th, 2009 Comments off

Volume 6, Number 43

  1. If you are an airline, which pays landing and takeoff fees, plus user fees at every airport, plus user fees for the federal and international air traffic control systems, you make the most money operating long haul flights, preferably international long haul flights. As an airline, you stuff as many passengers as will fit in a tiny, tiny space known as “coach” class, and you make sure everyone knows you’re giving them peanuts, allegedly because so many people are allergic to peanuts and they don’t know it. You sell these people their “meals” and drinks, and hope many passengers purchase alcoholic beverages because you make a fortune from them, but – at the same time – don’t want any particular passenger to purchase too much and become drunk and disorderly. Read more…