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Amtrak, Virginia Passenger Rail Authority complete Northeast Regional rail project

June 9, 2022

Amtrak and the Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) recently completed a project that improves accessibility and safety at the Amtrak stop in Ashland, Va. Read More


Amtrak to STB: We Want New Host Railroad Rules

June 2, 2022

The authority vested in the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to decide issues concerning passenger trains has been expanding lately. On May 27, Amtrak asked the Board to intervene in a dispute with Canadian National (CN) over a number of issues, including on-time performance (OTP), penalties for low performance, and incentives to improve performance. Read More


$8 million federal grant to boost Amtrak workforce amid worker shortage

June 2, 2022

The infrastructure law signed last fall is expected to spur the largest expansion in Amtrak’s history. Federal officials say a critical step toward that growth is to take control of the railroad’s workforce shortage and attrition problem. Read More


Biden Administration Announces Over $368 Million in Grants to Improve Rail Infrastructure, Enhance and Strengthen Supply Chains

June 2, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced over $368 million in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant program funds to 46 projects in 32 states and the District of Columbia. These investments will play a crucial role in modernizing our country’s rail infrastructure and strengthening supply chains, helping to reduce congestion and get people and goods where they need to go quickly and more affordably. The program will create good-paying jobs and benefit urban and rural communities across the country. Read More


Amtrak Launches New Apprenticeship Pilot Program

May 10, 2022

WASHINGTON – Creating an official path to learn on the job and grow their skills, Amtrak announced its Apprenticeship Pilot Program, providing opportunities for professional development. Read More


Kolluri nominated to lead Gateway Development Commission

May 9, 2022

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy last week nominated Kris Kolluri as the new chief executive officer of the Gateway Development Commission, a partnership between the two states and Amtrak that coordinates delivery of the Gateway rail infrastructure program. Read More