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Amtrak feels the heat


The heat is getting to Amtrak here in the Northeast, and beyond.

Expect delays between Boston and Washington because of the sweltering weather. Here’s the railroad’s release on the matter:


Delays expected between Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
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Acela gets Wi-Fi, free (for now)


Amtrak started Wi-Fi service on all Acela express trains from Washington D.C. to Boston starting today. The railroad will also offer the wireless internet service, AmtrakConnect, at the gate areas in six stations in major cities, including New York Penn Station.

For now it’s free. After an introductory period, the railroad will set a rate based Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, March 1st, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
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In Amtrak’s defense…


Amtrak, like everything else in the Northeast, was hit hard by the weekend snow storm, and is still recovering. But the railroad wants people to know what it did accomplish while everyone was struggling.

So here’s a statement just out from Amtrak. It’s in quotes, though not attributed to any particular Amtrak official…

WASHINGTON— “As the Northeast continues to dig out from Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, December 21st, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
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Amtrak still seeing delays


It’s Monday and Amtrak is still seeing some delays around these parts from the winter storm that blew through over the weekend.

Some regular trains in the Northeast are being cancelled. The Acela Express service is mostly Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, December 21st, 2009 at 11:56 am |
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Amtrak stimulated


The firstAmtrak coach car to be refurbished by federal stimulus dollars will be back on the rails and carrying passengers next week, the railroad announced.

It’ll get back on track at an Amtrak maintenance yard in Bear, Del., and Amtrak is celebrating the event with a press conference Monday. The car cost $687,000 to renovate. Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Friday, July 10th, 2009 at 8:53 am |
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To Albany, and none too soon.


The MTA Board is heading to Albany for help, and you can be sure the members won’t be flying in private jets.

They’ll be going by rail, of course, and they’re making sure we know about it.

In my column today, I pointed out that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority budget hearings start on Wednesday, and still there is no movement to put in place the rescue measures recommended by the Ravitch Commission. Time is of the essence. The MTA wants to set its rate increase in March.

Well, today we get notice that Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, January 12th, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
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Rail mag honors Cannito


Peter Cannito, the outgoing president ofMetro-North Railroad, is this year’s winner of the W. Graham Claytor Award for Distinguished Service to Passenger Transportation.

The award given, annually by Railway Age mgazine, is named Read more of this entry »

Posted by Ken Valenti on Thursday, June 26th, 2008 at 10:11 am |
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Too close for comfort


My column today has gotten a number of comments about Peekskill residents who moved next to train tracks, then complained that the trains blow their horns.

It is true, as some people point out, that the train tracks have been there for many years. On the other hand, as one resident mentioned in the column, it’s not just the trains passing by that bothers people, it’s the blast of the horn, which he hadn’t known about before moving in.

I’m interested in people’s views on the problems of moving near train stations, airports and other pieces of our transportation infrastructure.

It seems unlikely that this will be the last time the situation arises. Our region is growing, and, as more people want to move here, there will be more pressure to build on sites beyond the prime locations already snatched up by developers.

What’s more, as the population grows, so does the need for more trains to roll through.

So check out the column here and let me know what you think.

Posted by Ken Valenti on Monday, March 24th, 2008 at 10:03 am |
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