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This Week at Amtrak; 2010-12-20

December 20th, 2010 Comments off

Volume 7, Number 25

Editors: D & D Carleton Proofreading: Black Bear Wordsmiths (blackbearws@yahoo.com)

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This Week at Amtrak; 2010-12-12

December 12th, 2010 Comments off

Volume 7, Number 24

Editors: D & D Carleton      Proofreading: Black Bear Wordsmiths (blackbearws@yahoo.com)

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This Week at Amtrak; 2010-11-10

November 10th, 2010 Comments off

Volume 7, Number 23

From the Editors…

As with all journeys, this one begins with an itinerary. There are points of interest. There are schedules to be met. And, there is, of course, the occasional missed connection. As the new editors of this on-line publication, we shall attempt to keep this interesting and do so in a timely manner. We do not bring an agenda with us, but do believe in the free flow of news and ideas to that which unites us all together: the realistic belief in and rational expansion of passenger railroading in the United States. Therefore, without further ado, we would like to take a moment to introduce ourselves.

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This Week at Amtrak; 2010-10-18

October 17th, 2010 Comments off
Volume 7, Number 22
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This Week at Amtrak; 2010-10-07

October 7th, 2010 Comments off

Volume 7, Number 21
October 7th, 2010

 
The President and CEO of VIA Rail Canada offers these thoughts on the future of passenger rail in Canada. Some of the thoughts apply outside of Canada, too.

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This Week at Amtrak; 2010-09-20

September 20th, 2010 Comments off

The Cheese Sandwich Bill

The absurd myth of the First Class Subsidy just won’t die. Thanks to Amtrak-o-nomics, formerly known as the Route Profitability System, in which you add up every expense and divide by every income to create meaningless numbers, Amtrak’s figures seem to suggest that coach passengers are subsidizing first class passengers, when in reality the opposite is true.

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This Week at Amtrak; 2010-09-13

September 10th, 2010 Comments off

After a slow August in the world of passenger rail, we return to a busy soon-to-be autumn.

According to Fred Frailey in TRAINS magazine, Read more…

This Week at Amtrak; 2010-07-31

July 31st, 2010 Comments off

First off, some unfinished business: Amtrak leadership.

We hear from the UTU that the contract of Amtrak’s President Joseph Boardman has been extended to 2013, leaving only the Amtrak Board incomplete for the upcoming year.

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This Week at Amtrak; 2010-06-14

June 14th, 2010 Comments off

Volume 7, Number 17

Positive news for commuter operations, and ponderings on the future of high speed and intercity operations. But let us begin with two brief preludes; first, a short poem, called a “Grook” by its author, Danish poet and philosopher Piet Hein. Read more…

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This Week at Amtrak; 2010-06-10

June 9th, 2010 Comments off

This week: A brief report from each coast and then we look at some Amtrak finances.

On the right coast, some good news for the passenger rail manufacturing industry, and a lesson in perseverance. Around 1974 when I was in fourth grade my parents took me to a public meeting about Washington Metro. Even then, I loved studying maps; and one of the “future extensions” was to Dulles Airport. A mere 35 years later, that line may have a chance to finally be built — which is quite quick, really, compared to Boston’s extension of its Red Line past Harvard (proposed in 1912, with the Cambridge segment completed in 1985). In any case, here’s is part of WMATA’s press release: Read more…

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