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Amtrak says to suspend national rail service without safety extension-letter

WASHINGTON – Amtrak has told U.S. lawmakers that it will suspend service on its national network in mid-December unless Congress extends a Dec. 31 deadline for implementing advanced safety technology, according to an Oct. 5 letter from Amtrak reviewed by Reuters. The letter, addressed to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, says service would be suspended ...

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1 dead in train-truck collision in southwestern Illinois

ALTON, Ill. — Authorities say one person has died after an Amtrak passenger train struck a pickup truck in southwestern Illinois. Alton Fire Chief Mark Harris says the collision happened around 9:30 Sunday morning at a crossing in his city, just northeast of St. Louis. The crossing includes gates, bells and lights to alert cars to oncoming trains. Harris says ...

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#TBT Williston Amtrak station


The Williston, N.D. Amtrak station in 2007 may look about the same as it does now, but, so much has changed underneath. The influx of workers traveling looking for a new life in North Dakota has transformed the western part of the state into a jobs mecca, a modern depiction of the American dream. This Amtrak station is the busiest ...

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Amtrak: Delays up, ridership down in Illinois

Amtrak ridership dropped an average of 4 percent in Illinois on downstate corridors with connections to Chicago in fiscal 2014, the passenger railroad reported Tuesday, putting much of the blame on late arrivals and departures caused by freight train interference. The problem of freight congestion blocking passenger trains is affecting Amtrak service across the Midwest and also stretching from Chicago ...

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Passenger trains experiencing major delays due to energy boom

The energy boom responsible for the dramatic spike in rail freight traffic is causing huge headaches for passenger train companies throughout the country, according to the New York Times. In areas like the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota and Montana, rail lines are now moving more than a million barrels of oil per day, causing passenger trains—such as Amtrak—to ...

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Oil-By-Rail Traffic Causing Delays To Farmers, Amtrak Passengers


WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) – Midwestern farmers and Amtrak passengers are among those being hurt by rail congestion caused in part by an energy boom that has spurred the massive movement of oil by rail, U.S. officials were told on Thursday. Rail shipments of oil have been on the rise in regions that lack sufficient pipelines as alternatives, such as ...

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