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October 15, 2021 by Jim Mathews
Last year, and especially last summer, your Association professional staff was working the Zoom hallways on Capitol Hill to get Congress to order Amtrak to restore daily service it had cut because of...
October 15, 2021 by Jim Mathews
Tussling over Amtrak’s plans to restore long-delayed Gulf Coast passenger service, CSX, Norfolk Southern, and Amtrak will submit evidence and rebuttals between November 3rd and Christmas Eve under a...
October 8, 2021 by Sean Jeans-Gail
The U.S. Senate passed a bill last night to raise the debt ceiling through December, buying another few months to come up with a longer-term solution. In similar fashion, Congress also passed an...
September 15, 2021 by Sean Jeans-Gail
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee marked-up a $57 billion transportation title that includes dedicated funding for high-speed rail and transit, part of a sweeping budget...
September 10, 2021 by Sean Jeans-Gail
With a series of critical deadlines facing Congress this month, the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure took the lead with the transportation section of the Democrat’s budget...
September 2, 2021 by Jim Mathews
The entire U.S. surface transportation system is once again facing the sobering possibility of ridership shocks as the Covid pandemic returns to levels of infection and death we saw last year before...
August 25, 2021 by Jim Mathews
Amtrak police in Chicago yesterday shot and killed a California man getting off the California Zephyr who had several open warrants – including one accusing him of murder – after he opened fire on...
August 20, 2021 by Sean Jeans-Gail
Democratic leaders in Congress are signaling that they will try to use budget reconciliation as a vehicle to add dedicated funding for high-speed rail projects, which were largely ignored in the...
August 19, 2021 by Jim Mathews
In a Surface Transportation Board filing on Wednesday night Amtrak posed some tough and long-awaited questions to CSX and Norfolk Southern about those railroads’ objections to re-starting Gulf Coast...
August 18, 2021 by Jim Mathews
Today we confirmed what most folks knew yesterday – the Federal government is extending its transportation mask mandate until at least January 18, 2022.We also learned that CDC is working to amend...
August 13, 2021 by Jim Mathews
To paraphrase a well-known former politician, “Here we go again.” The worrying surge in coronavirus infections and deaths, coupled with the effects of the Centers for Disease Control’s July 29th...
August 6, 2021 by Jim Mathews
I’ve spent a lot of time this week ruminating over the idea of “good faith” – what it means, how it plays out in the real world, and the degree to which a chronic shortage of it seems to underpin...
August 6, 2021 by Jim Mathews
In a significant procedural victory for Amtrak, the Surface Transportation Board this morning issued a decision denying CSX’s motion to dismiss Amtrak’s action aimed at CSX and Norfolk Southern and...
August 4, 2021 by Sean Jeans-Gail
The Senate has combined the two investment bills to create a truly ambitious investment program in passenger rail in the U.S. Combining both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework and the Surface...
July 30, 2021 by Sean Jeans-Gail
Rail Passengers reported yesterday that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF) was “a welcome first step,” but well below what was outlined in President Biden’s ambitious plan to transform...
July 29, 2021 by Jim Mathews
Last December we publicly expressed our strong support for the incoming Biden team’s intention to nominate former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor and presidential candidate “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg as...
July 29, 2021 by Sean Jeans-Gail
[Having had an opportunity to review the draft bill text integrating the BIF and the Senate’s Surface Transportation Investment Act (STIA) of 2021, Rail Passengers has provided an updated analysis of...
July 22, 2021 by Jim Mathews
The good news: Amtrak ridership is way up from where it was a year ago, nearly double. The bad news: the odds are that, depending on the route, half or more of those new and returning passengers have...
July 16, 2021 by Sean Jeans-Gail
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) passed a Fiscal Year 2022 bill this afternoon that provides $4.1 billion for passenger rail, Amtrak and...
July 9, 2021 by Sean Jeans-Gail
For Immediate Release (21-12)Contact: Sean Jeans-Gail (202) 320-2723; sjeansgail@narprail.orgWashington, D.C. -- Rail Passengers Association President Jim Mathews issued the following statement on...
July 7, 2021 by T.J. Girsch
I had hoped this post would be different.Back in mid-June, after getting a tour of some newly-refreshed Superliner cars in Chicago, I decided to take the train back to Boston. The most direct route...
July 2, 2021 by Jim Mathews
In April I warned all of you that a well-funded and organized attack on passenger rail was taking shape in Washington, DC. This week we saw another salvo fired in this onslaught: the prominent...
July 2, 2021 by Jim Mathews
Made you look!For most of you, this kind of picture and headline is the equivalent of puppies, kittens and babies on Facebook and Twitter. Our data show that you look at our rolling stock and...
June 17, 2021 by Jim Mathews
Within just a few days, Amtrak’s long-distance Coach passengers will begin to see real, meaningful upgrades to their experience – daily service is restored nationwide to trains that lost it during...
June 16, 2021 by Sean Jeans-Gail
Today the Senate Committee on Commerce passed the Surface Transportation Investment Act of 2021 (STIA) by a bipartisan vote of 25 to 3.STIA includes many of the policy goals Rail Passengers has been...
June 15, 2021 by Sean Jeans-Gail
A letter written by Rail Passengers' President Jim Mathews to the Senate Commerce Committee asking for increased passenger rail funding in the rail title. June 15, 2021 The Honorable Maria...
June 4, 2021 by Jim Mathews
Yes, it’s true. Amtrak is doing more than just restoring what was previously a kind of “meh” traditional dining on the Western trains beginning June 23rd. They’re offering a much better menu with...
June 4, 2021 by Jonsie Stone
I forgot how rude my alarm sounds at 4:45 am but I didn’t mind it Tuesday morning. I got out of bed and started my old morning routine. Boy did that feel good, a return to the old normal for the...