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Amtrak: Clock is ticking for 110-year-old Hudson River rail tunnels

November 20, 2020 Work can't wait for planned Gateway Project replacement, according to not-yet-finished document reviewed by Associated Press

"Hey, what about Albany?" By the Times Union Editorial Board

November 13, 2020 A passenger rail expansion plan in Massachusetts stops short of the state line. Bringing it to the Capital Region could benefit both the Bay and Empire states.

New Buffalo Exchange Street Station Opens in Downtown Buffalo

November 12, 2020 Build on the historic site of the previous Exchange Street stations, the new station was constructed on time and on budget, being twice the size of the city's previous rail station.

Adirondack Rail-Trail Construction Begins

November 4, 2020 NYSDOT finally broke ground on the Adirondack Rail Trail at the start of November. Both the rail-trail and planned railroad upgrades are part of the 2020 Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan, which aims to bolster tourism and outdoor recreation along the 119-mile travel corridor.

Alan S. Boyd, former Amtrak president and the first USDOT secretary, dies at the age of 98

October 20, 2020 Mr. Boyd was a champion of passenger rail service, a focus that brought him to Amtrak in 1978. In the 1980s he was also part of an effort to bring the Japanese Shinkansen to California for the LA-San Diego 'Surf Line' corridor.

With COVID-19 pandemic cutbacks, some Amtrak trains now sold out

October 19, 2020 The Albany Times Union reports that Amtrak's move this month to cut train frequencies, and costs, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic has left accommodations on some long-distance trains sold out.

Content Studio Publishes 2020/2021 Edition of Amtrak’s New York By Rail Magazine

October 16, 2020 The 2020/2021 100-page magazine edition of New York By Rail, an official Amtrak publication for 17 years running, was published in late September by Content Studio @ Martinelli Custom Publishing.

Rail Supporter NYS Senator Joe Bruno Dead at 91, 1929 – 2020

October 8, 2020 Retired NY State Senator Joseph L. Bruno (R - Rensselaer) is dead at the age of 91. The Senator was a good friend of passenger rail – including securing funding for the Albany-Rensselaer Rail Station.

APTA Study Finds No Correlation Between Transit Use & Spread of COVID-19 Virus

September 30, 2020 A study commissioned by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) says no correlation has been found between use of public transport and the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Amtrak Announces Positive Train Control Completion

August 14, 2020 “Completing PTC installation and implementation is a key component of Amtrak’s overarching commitment to the safety performance of intercity passenger rail for our customers, employees and the communities we serve,” said Amtrak Executive Vice President Chief Safety Officer Steve Predmore. “As leaders in PTC installation, Amtrak is pleased to achieve this milestone, and we will continue to work together with all of our partners to improve safety across the rail network.”