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To Utica for a Haircut, via Amtrak

June 14, 2020 A train enthusiast and ESPA member Kent Patterson takes Amtrak to Utica for a haircut at the Union Station Barber Shop and stays at the historic Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Utica amid the coronavirus outbreak. Blog Post from New York By Rail Magazine.

Traveling on Amtrak Amid COVID-19

June 14, 2020 Recent University of Buffalo graduate travels on Amtrak during the COVID-19 era to get home for her supposed college graduation weekend. Here's what she wants to share. Blog Post from New York By Rail Magazine.

Senator Markey Introduces “BRAIN TRAIN” Act to Significantly Expand Intercity Passenger Rail

June 10, 2020 This legislation if passed by the US Congress would authorizes $5 billion annually, for a total of $25 billion over five years, to invest in “high-performance” intercity passenger rail service that will connect communities within a state, across states, and around the country.

MassDOT holds East-West Study Advisory Committee Meeting on Zoom

June 10, 2020 Today on June 10th, 2020 meeting of the East-West Study Advisory Committee was held online on Zoom. The meeting was recorded and posted online, with the presentation posted on the East-West Rail website.

FRA Announces the Availability of $291 Million for Intercity Passenger Rail Infrastructure

June 10, 2020 ESPA hopes that Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will not allow a great opportunity to fund continued investment in the infrastructure that is the foundation of our Upstate NY intercity rail passenger rail service

Serviced Detoured from Buffalo Exchange Street Station for Station Construction

June 10, 2020 Track and signaling construction work as part of the Buffalo-Exchange Street Station project will require temporary detour of service from downtown.

Amtrak Celebrates 49th Anniversery

May 1, 2020 In honor of its 49th anniversery on May 1, 2020, Amtrak's new President/CEO William Flynn released a YouTube video message!

Amtrak Requires Masks

April 20, 2020 Effective today, Amtrak will require all customer-facing employees wear a facial covering of some kind — a mask if available— and strongly encourages all other employees and passengers to wear coverings.

Amtrak Nationwide Service Changes

April 14, 2020 Amtrak Goes To Pre-Packaged Meals On Western Trains; Makes Other Temporary Changes To Long-Distance Service

William Flynn Named New Amtrak President

March 7, 2020 New Amtrak CEO/President William (Bill) Flynn to take over from Richard Anderson on April 15.