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This Week at Amtrak; 2009-08-28

August 28th, 2009 Comments off

Volume 6, Number 33

  1. Good ideas never go bad, they just sometimes are put on a shelf. Read more…
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A primer for members of the news media on correct terms for passenger rail

June 14th, 2009 Comments off

The news media is writing more and more every day about passenger trains in all forms, and usually quickly displays its collective ignorance on proper terminology for all things regarding passenger trains.

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Special Distribution: The Successful Long Distance Passenger Train of the Future

August 24th, 2008 Comments off
  1. Amtrak is smiling approvingly at one of its bankers, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, who has filed a bill in the United States Senate to provide Amtrak with $2.8 billion to overhaul existing equipment and build new rolling stock.If this bill becomes law (and, it is only in very early stages), Amtrak must take this opportunity to properly equip itself for the future – both financially and to meet passenger demand – with the correct selection of equipment, not just replacements for existing rolling stock.
  2. URPA has updated its 2005 white paper, Concepts of the Successful Long Distance Passenger Train of the Future (PDF).
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Here are some things we know to be true, and you won’t find this information anywhere else

June 14th, 2007 Comments off
  • “No passenger rail system in the world operates without some type of subsidy, and it’s impossible for Amtrak to exist subsidy-free.” Read more…
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Andrew Selden’s vision for the future of Amtrak and high speed rail in America

June 14th, 2007 Comments off

Where does… where should… Amtrak figure into the development of high speed rail? The automatic answer is it should figure prominently. The realistic answer is, Amtrak, after being the monopoly passenger rail carrier in the United States since 1971, for nearly 40 years, still has not proven it is worthy of the tax dollars which are poured into it year after year.

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Overview, Concepts Of The Successful Long Distance Train Of The Future

September 7th, 2005 Comments off
– OVERVIEW POINTS –

The successful long distance train of the future

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Concepts Of The Successful Long Distance Train Of The Future

September 3rd, 2005 Comments off

J. Bruce Richardson
United Rail Passenger Alliance
September 2005

The successful long distance train of the future will look very different from today’s Amtrak long distance train. The train of the future will look more like the successful trains of the past which made money for their owners for very specific reasons.

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Three Radical Ideas Concerning Amtrak

July 2nd, 2004 Comments off

Andrew C. Selden, President, Minnesota Association of Railroad Passengers; to the

National Railway Historical Society,
Minneapolis, MN
July 2, 2004

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Suggested Improvements For Railroad Passenger Service

March 5th, 2002 Comments off

Suggested Improvements For
Railroad Passenger Service
As A Reliable Component Of The
National Transportation Infrastructure

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Amtrak Short Term Assets Rationalization

November 22nd, 2001 Comments off

“First 180 Days Plan”

Updated November, 2001


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