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How It Works: Railroad Signals on the Northeast Corridor

How It Works: Railroad Signals on the Northeast Corridor

The recent derailment in Philadelphia has brought to the forefront a safety critical system that usually functions in the background: railroad signals. Although the main purpose of signal systems is to prevent train collisions, they’re also part of the foundation of efficient and safe operations. Railroad tracks are divided into segments known as blocks. Without signal systems, far fewer trains ...

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A Message from President and CEO Joe Boardman Regarding Restoration of Service on the Northeast Corridor

A Message from President and CEO Joe Boardman Regarding Restoration of Service on the Northeast Corridor

At Amtrak, the safety of our passengers and crew remains our number one priority. Since the tragic derailment, Amtrak staff and crew have been working around the clock to repair the infrastructure necessary to restore service for all the passengers who travel along the Northeast Corridor. Our repairs have been made with the utmost care and emphasis on safety, including ...

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Our Commitment to Passengers and Employees: Safety and Positive Train Control

Our Commitment to Passengers and Employees: Safety and Positive Train Control

SAFETY: OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY At Amtrak, safety is a way of life that’s deeply ingrained in every aspect of our operations and company culture. Last year, 31 million passengers traveled across Amtrak’s 21,000-mile national network. One third of those passengers traveled on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC), which accommodates more than 2,000 Amtrak and commuter trains every day. A rail network ...

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Amtrak: Keeping America Running Green

Amtrak: Keeping America Running Green

This Earth Day, we're celebrating a milestone achievement for Amtrak's sustainability program -- a score of 96B on our climate change submission to the Carbon Disclosure Project. Protecting the environment and ensuring sustainable solutions for our everyday operations is a top priority at Amtrak. Here are 8 important facts on how we do just that: 1) Amtrak is 11% more energy ...

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Upgrades to AmtrakConnect

Upgrades to AmtrakConnect

We are always looking for ways to make Amtrak the smarter way to travel, which is why we’re excited to share that we recently gave our AmtrakConnect page an upgrade. If you haven’t noticed yet, here’s what you can expect: Track a Train Our interactive tracking tool gives riders real-time information and ETAs  for their train. That means riders can better ...

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Amtrak Train Days 2015

Amtrak Train Days 2015

After seven years of National Train Day, a one day only event, we've decided to switch it up for 2015. This year, we're turning a one day celebration into a multi-month celebration across the nation. Meet Amtrak Train Days! Amtrak Train Days isn't simply a celebration of the trains we run, it’s a celebration of the communities and people we connect across our more ...

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The Perks of Business Class

The Perks of Business Class

You're booking your Amtrak ticket when you see the option for Business Class. What is business class on Amtrak you ask? Is it worth the extra price? What exactly do you get? We're here to tell you why the perks of Business Class* on Amtrak are totally worth having a YOLO moment and booking that VIP seat. Here's the lowdown on ...

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Forbes Names Amtrak One of the Best Employers in America

Forbes Names Amtrak One of the Best Employers in America

Amtrak employees are responsible for making Amtrak the country’s first intercity travel choice. More than 20,000 employees work around-the-clock to do more than just move trains, our employees work hard every day to move people -- connecting family and friends across our more than 500 destinations. For our employees, working at Amtrak is more than just a job; it is an opportunity to ...

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Amtrak 101: Weekend Adventure Edition

Amtrak 101: Weekend Adventure Edition

While a lot of travel options take time and some major pre-booking to plan, one of the perks of train-ing is that you can hop on at a moment's notice. Scroll through the slide show above to see how easy it is to book, relax, and enjoy the ride to your favorite destination for a perfect weekend adventure.

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5 Ways To Rock the Observation Car

5 Ways To Rock the Observation Car

There are many reasons why train travel is simply the best. The relaxed pace, plenty of room to roam, and the views. Oh, the views. There are many things you can't see from 30,000 feet. A bird's eye view of the Rockies is picturesque, but winding through snow-capped valleys alongside running streams, log cabins and wild life is seeing them ...

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5 Ways to Ride

5 Ways to Ride

There are many ways to make your own Amtrak adventure. Whether it's a trip with your friends you've been planning for months, or a spur-of-the-moment trip to NYC after brunch, we can be your ride to just about anything or anywhere. So where do you get started? A quick guide: 1) Online: Booking a ticket online is easy. Simply go to www.amtrak.com ...

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Meet the Brooklyn Artist Behind the Barclays Center Acela Mural

Meet the Brooklyn Artist Behind the Barclays Center Acela Mural

Visitors to the Brooklyn Barclays Center may have noticed a bold new addition to the lobby. Ukrainian-born and Brooklyn-based artist Misha Tyutyunik’s latest mural features iconic Brooklyn scenes and culture framing a fast-moving Acela as it zooms through NYC carrying passengers to long-distance loves, fun events, business meetings or just the daily commute. How does this Pratt Institute graduate describe ...

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Sleeping Accommodations Part 2: Family Bedroom vs. Bedroom Suite

Sleeping Accommodations Part 2: Family Bedroom vs. Bedroom Suite

Last week, it was all about the roomette vs. the bedroom. This week, we’re continuing our Amtrak sleeping accommodations tutorial with Part II:  Family Bedroom vs. Bedroom Suite. If you’re planning a trip with your family or a mini group trip for spring break, read on and find out which room is best for your Amtrak adventure. Family Bedroom Spanning ...

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Five Train-Able Presidential Hometowns

Five Train-Able Presidential Hometowns

Today's a time to remember our presidents and reflect on all things POTUS. That’s why we pulled together our own fun presidential list. Fellow Amtrak-ers, here is our list of presidential hometowns we can take you to. New York City, NY As the youngest president to take office (he was 42 years old), Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. hails from the city ...

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Sleeping Accommodations Part 1: Roomette vs. Bedroom

Sleeping Accommodations Part 1: Roomette vs. Bedroom

So you need a little digital detox and you’re finally ready to take that cross-country trip with us. Hooray! We can’t wait to show you America by rail. But before you turn off your phone and enjoy the journey, you need to decide on your sleeping accommodations. To make the most out of your trip, read on to find out ...

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