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Northeast would see lion's share of new rail funding

Aug 11, 2021
The bill includes a fresh $66 billion for passenger and freight rail, the biggest investment the federal government has made in railroads since Amtrak was founded in 1971.
Amtrak, a favorite mode of transportation for President Joe Biden, will see a massive bump in funding thanks to the infrastructure bill.
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Amtrak needs another bailout to stay afloat

Sep 29, 2020
Amtrak is planning to scale back many of its long-distance routes.
A passenger walks next to a departing Amtrak train at Union Station in Washington, D.C.
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Amtrak says it had its best year in company history

Nov 11, 2019
After years of being the subject of congressional ire, the federally subsidized company is almost at the point of breaking even.
Passengers board an Amtrak train at New York City's Pennsylvania Station.
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Penn Station is a drag for commuters and the economy

May 23, 2017
Delays at the train depot ripple through the economy of the entire East Coast, an expert says.
Evening commuters make their way toward a New Jersey Transit train platform at Penn Station in New York City.
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Amtrak cracking down on baggage policy

Sep 28, 2015
The company allows up to 250 pounds of luggage, but riders bring even more aboard.

A day after crash, a vote to cut Amtrak funding

May 13, 2015
Amtrak says it has a $52 billion maintenance backlog on its Northeast Corridor.

Most Amtrak long-distance routes are unprofitable

May 13, 2015
New York to Washington is the lone bright spot of profitable service.

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The fight over America's rails

Mar 25, 2015
A train whistle can evoke far-away places and adventure. Also, lawsuits.

‘Corporate sponsored art’ isn’t as bad as it sounds

Mar 24, 2015
Writers and artists are finding financial support from Corporate America.

Amtrak asks for subsidies in wake of Hurricane Sandy

Dec 13, 2012
On Capitol Hill today, fiscal conservatives are likely to argue against the hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies that go to Amtrak each year. But Hurricane Sandy showed you need to spend if you want to save.