Tag: Amtrak

Smarter Railroad Tracks Are Boosting Train Safety And Efficiency

By Alan Ohnsman Forbes Staff for Forbes.com Think “advanced rail technology” and bullet trains or magnetic-levitation systems might come to mind. But what about the steel rails freight and passenger trains run on? Advances in machine learning, big data collection and voice-recognition tools that have transformed manufacturing, cars, retail and social media are also being […]

Amtrak Execs Receive Six-
Figure Bonuses as the
Railroad Struggles to Hire Staff

By Ryan Erik King for jalopnik.com In the United States, the highest-paid public employees are college sports coaches. For example, Mel Tucker signed a decade-long extension last November to continue as the head coach of Michigan State University’s football team for a salary of $9.5 million per year. In contrast, Michigan’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, receives […]

U.S. passenger railroad Amtrak to increase trains as demand returns

By David Shepardson for reuters.com U.S. passenger railroad Amtrak said on Monday it is boosting train service ahead of an expected busy summer travel season and as rail demand returns, with high gasoline prices encouraging more people to take trains. Amtrak said it planned to operate about 80% of pre-pandemic level Northeast Regional train departures […]

Amtrak Is Using Twitch To Fight Freight Railroads

CSX and Norfolk Southern are refusing to allow Amtrak to use a line between New Orleans and Mobile By Ryan Erik King for jalopnik.com Amtrak is hoping to restore passenger rail servicebetween Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana. The federally-owned company operated on the route until it discontinued operations after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Though, Amtrak […]

Amtrak faces some holiday cancellations

Severe weather, staff shortages are culprits By Bob Johnston for trains.com WASHINGTON — Although airlines cancelled thousands of flights, resulting in horror stories for stranded travelers, Amtrak was mostly able to keep its trains running during the Christmas-New Year holiday period. There were some cancellations, though. While booked passengers were asked via email or text […]

Amtrak Worker Sold Railroad Equipment for Years to Line His Pockets, U.S. Says

Jose Rodriquez, 49, of Brick, N.J., pleaded guilty to mail fraud on Monday. Prosecutors said he obtained 114 chain saws for the railroad service, but sold them for profit. By Jesus Jiménez for nytimes.com For more than seven years, the authorities said, Jose Rodriguez of Brick, N.J., a senior engineer at Amtrak, obtained more than […]

American Rescue Plan Saves TCU/IAM Jobs

Fewer riders, fewer tickets bought and scaled-back schedules were just a few of the COVID-induced hurdles facing Amtrak during the past year and a half. All of those obstacles caused the railroad industry to lose millions, and threatened the livelihoods of thousands of Amtrak  employees. Workers often only discover how legislation impacts their lives when they […]

Statement of TCU National President Artie Maratea on Amtrak’s Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate

“TCU strongly encourages all of our members – and all Americans – to get vaccinated. This virus has caused so much damage and death already, and with new variants spreading quickly, the most effective path forward is for everyone to get vaccinated. As the largest union on Amtrak, representing many different customer-facing crafts, our members […]

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October 2023