Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak’

URPA Special Report: Amtrak 2013 Results Analyzed

February 4th, 2014 Comments off


Amtrak’s financial and operational results for FY 2013 (the 12 months ending September 30, 2013) are now available (audited FY ’13 annual financial statements will be released sometime in 2014). This URPA Special Report analyzes these results, together with extrinsic data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

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The Business and Politics of Passenger Rail; 2012-04-13

April 12th, 2012 Comments off

Volume 2, Number 6

For those of us with something of a useful institutional memory, it’s like deja vu all over again, as a celebrated sports figure once said.

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Eliminate the Middle-Man

March 22nd, 2012 Comments off

by William Lindley

Today, March 22, 2012, Florida East Coast, which owns and operates the mostly double-track railway between Jacksonville and Miami, announced plans for the construction of a privately-funded, privately-owned, privately-operated passenger train system to commence operations in 2014. This will include forty new miles of railway between Orlando and FEC’s main line on the Space Coast. FEC itself, not Amtrak, will be operating these trains.

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The Business and Politics of Passenger Rail; 2011-08-25

August 25th, 2011 Comments off

By William Lindley and J. Bruce Richardson

 Volume 1, Number 15

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The Business and Politics of Passenger Rail; 2011-06-09

June 8th, 2011 Comments off

Volume 1, Number 7

What were those allegedly crazy guys at the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida doing in 1970 running all of those long, passenger-filled trains every day of the week?

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This Week at Amtrak; 2010-03-31

March 31st, 2010 Comments off

Volume 7, Number 11

As Amtrak continues to say the right things, and to do a few as well, the logic of incrementalism is making inroads… but the “old-think” that stunted our passenger rail network for half a century hasn’t gone away yet.

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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…

History can often be read with many definitions

June 12th, 1999 Comments off

Originally posted to the All-Aboard email list

As a thought, both the Southern and Rio Grande stayed out of Amtrak in the beginning; even the staid Seaboard Coast Line wasn’t doing poorly running the Florida trains and many have said SCL thought long and hard before jumping into Amtrak.

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On Privatization

September 20th, 1997 Comments off

For now, Amtrak is the only game in town regarding long-haul trains. As California has on many occasions concerning many other subjects, they have shown the way to regional self-reliability through willingness to tax themselves for local concerns. And they should be applauded for this. They wanted more rail, so they were ready to pay for it, along with the necessary equipment to operate services. All other areas of the country should take note. And, don’t forget the commuters of the Midwest in and out of Chicago have been doing this very thing successfully for years.

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