Five Summertime Travel Tips

Five Summertime Travel Tips

Longer days, crisp blue skies and higher temps, summertime is finally here! We know some of you out there have already planned, booked and are beginning your Amtrak adventure countdowns. But for those still thinking about your summer plans, this list is for you. Avoid any missteps on your path to adventure. Read on to find out what you should be ...

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Amtrak Honors Armed Forces for Memorial Day

Amtrak Honors Armed Forces for Memorial Day

At 3:00 p.m., local time, engineers will sound the horns of locomotives throughout the Amtrak system in honor of the National Moment of Remembrance. As we help thousands of customers reach friends and family this holiday weekend, Amtrak invites you to join us in remembering and honoring the service and sacrifice of America's armed forces. Today Amtrak proudly employs returning service ...

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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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A Message from President and CEO Joe Boardman on Train 188

A Message from President and CEO Joe Boardman on Train 188

The derailment of Northeast Regional Train 188 was a terrible tragedy that we are responding to with every resource we have available. The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation to determine the cause of the incident, and Amtrak is providing full cooperation. With truly heavy hearts, we mourn those who died. Their loss leaves holes in the lives ...

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Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 at North Philadelphia

Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 at North Philadelphia

Update: Wednesday, May 13 7:15pm We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and injuries to Amtrak passengers and employees as a result of the Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 derailment north of Philadelphia on Tuesday evening. As always, our first concern is taking care of our customers and employees. We have established a Family Assistance Center in Philadelphia to work ...

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Syracuse: Orange, Spunky and Only a Ride Away

Syracuse: Orange, Spunky and Only a Ride Away

When most people think of New York, images of Broadway, the Statue of Liberty and Times Square might pop into thwie mins. But chat with anyone from beyond NYC and you’ll quickly learn there’s more to New York than the concrete jungle. With over 30 stops serving New York state, we love taking travelers to see the different sides of ...

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#ReasonsToRide: Let Us Count The Ways

#ReasonsToRide: Let Us Count The Ways

With over #500Destinations in the United States, there's probably an Amtrak station near you. From our stations people travel to work or school, from small towns to big cities and everywhere in between. Our stations are portals to America, its people, landscapes and economies. Amtrak stations serve as city centers that quickly put you on the path to local attractions. Plus, our ...

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Sacramento Stylin’ with The Lipstick Giraffe

Sacramento Stylin’ with The Lipstick Giraffe

Amtrak: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do. Kachet: My name is Kachet and I am known by my moniker The Lipstick Giraffe. The Lipstick Giraffe is a fashionable lifestyle brand that I started in 2012.  My friends call me the Sacramento ambassador, and even predict that I'll be mayor one day. While I can’t say ...

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Top Memorial Weekend Travel Picks for 2015

Top Memorial Weekend Travel Picks for 2015

Memorial Day is a time to give thanks to our nation's men and women who have given their lives in military service. It's also a time when family and friends get together for the long weekend to enjoy quality time and some of the many events planned nationwide. Below are a few expected (and not-so-expected!) events that Amtrak can take ...

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Finding Commonalities

Earlier this spring, award-winning author, journalist, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University's journalism institute, Farai Chideya embarked on a cross-country train trip. As part of the inaugural Amtrak Residency program, Farai swapped out her stationary office for scenic views, a mobile work space and the one of a kind experience of writing on a long-distance train. While on ...

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Portland: Authentic By Nature

Portland: Authentic By Nature

As we pack away the winter coats and store the snow shovel for another season, we think the perfect way to welcome spring is with a weekend getaway to someplace new. Nestled along beautiful coastline, Portland, Maine offers all of the sophistication of a big city with the comfort only found in close knit communities. In just under three hours, you can ...

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#500Destinations Waiting To Be Explored

#500Destinations Waiting To Be Explored

It is always a great time to start planning your next adventure. But before you grab your car keys, let this act as a friendly reminder that Amtrak serves over #500destinations, so we are bound to be headed where you want to go. Still need a little convincing? First, start by skipping the next gas station or 100. That windshield ...

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Real Riders Tell Us Their Top Travel Essentials

Real Riders Tell Us Their Top Travel Essentials

Everyone has their travel routine. Especially our frequent travelers (we’re looking at you Amtrak Guest Reward members). But when you’re packing for your day, weekend or extended stay trips, what are your travel must-haves? We asked Amtrak riders to tell us their travel essentials. Here’s what they had to say: “An open mind and the excitement of a child! Where ...

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