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Amtrak Details Stimulus Projects

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04/01/2009 AT 07:15

Submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration, the highlights of the list include railcar and locomotive restoration to augment the current fleet, projects to bring stations into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), facility improvements, track, bridge and signal replacements and upgrades.

"These Amtrak projects fulfill all of the objectives of the ARRA, and more. They are 'shovel-ready;' they will improve the efficiency and accessibility of Amtrak trains and facilities; and we estimate they will result in the retention or creation of approximately 6,000 jobs," said Amtrak President and CEO Joseph H. Boardman. "It is extremely encouraging to see the direction our country is taking to improve our national mobility, reduce our dependence on imported energy and make a stronger, healthier passenger rail system."

The investment package is broken down into two separate accounts: one for railroad and station capital projects funded at $845 million and one for security and life safety projects, funded at $450 million. For a detailed list of projects, click on "Inside Amtrak," then "Other Reports." Further information on how contractors and suppliers can contact the railroad about bidding on those projects that contain outsourcing elements will be available on Amtrak.com soon.

10 Years of Service in Pacific Northwest

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Amtrak and the Oregon Department of Transportation are celebrating 10 years of Amtrak Cascades passenger rail service in the Pacific Northwest (Eugene, Ore. to Vancouver, B.C.).

$6 Million for Track Improvements from Kansas City

Motorists will spend less time at crossings waiting for trains to pass as a result of more than $6 million in track improvements made by Union Pacific Railroad to its Kansas City to Jefferson City line. The track improvements will allow trains to operate more efficiently on the route.

All Aboard Amtrak's Santa Trains

Amtrak and Santa invite kids of all ages to welcome the holiday season on Saturday, December 6 with a festive ride on one of North Carolina's Santa Trains, traveling from Charlotte and Raleigh. Jolly Ole St. Nick will greet all passengers with holiday treats.

Amtrak Prepares for Thanksgiving Travel

Anticipating the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak is planning ahead for the Thanksgiving holiday and encouraging passengers to do the same.

St. Louis Opens $26.4 Million Transportation HUB

The City of St. Louis and Amtrak are pleased to announce the official grand opening of the Gateway Transportation Center (GTC), the city's new $26.4 million multimodal transportation hub.

New USA Rail Pass Available

Amtrak recently began offering the USA Rail Pass to all Amtrak customers worldwide, including those in North America. Previously, the pass was only available for purchase by residents outside of the United States and Canada.

Amtrak Hiawatha Service Ridership Sets Record

Amtrak Hiawatha Service trains have gained more than 150,000 additional passengers in the last 12 months, an increase of nearly 26 percent, and reached a total approaching three-quarter-million (749,659) passengers between Milwaukee and Chicago for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30.

25th Anniversary of the Auto Train

Amtrak is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of one of its most popular trains the Auto Train with a special 25% discount for passengers. This special offer is good for coach travel on the Auto Train in February and is available for sale on just one day October 25th.

Ridership increases nearly 14 percent over July 07

Amtrak ridership in July Fiscal Year 2008 increased to 2,750,278, nearly a 14 percent increase, marking the most passengers carried in any single month in Amtrak's 37 year history.

Amtrak Re-launches Regional as Northeast Regional

Amtrak today announced the re-launch of its Northeast Corridor Regional service, renaming it Northeast Regional. Traveling between Boston, New York, Washington, Richmond and Newport News, Va., the service, Amtrak's busiest, transported more than 6.8 million passengers last fiscal year.

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