History UsefulNotes / Amtrak

29th Mar '17 7:07:31 AM Jhonny
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Following the 2016 elections, conflicting messages came as regards passenger rail travel in the US. On the one hand UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump had campaigned on an infrastructure package and praised Asian and European UsefulNotes/HighSpeedRail, but on the other hand, Trump's first budget proposal included an 18% cut to the department of transportation and the end of all subsidies for Amtrak's long distance trains, potentially resulting in the end of all train service to some 30 states and the Amtrak as we know it. However, this is by far not the first time Republicans have tried defunding Amtrak and it remains to be seen what the budget will look like after Congressional deliberations, especially since many "red states" would be the hardest hit by cuts to Amtrak, a phenomenon which has kept many routes alive in the past.

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Following the 2016 elections, conflicting messages came as regards passenger rail travel in the US. On the one hand UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump had campaigned on an infrastructure package and praised Asian and European UsefulNotes/HighSpeedRail, but on the other hand, Trump's first budget proposal included an 18% cut to the department of transportation and the end of all subsidies for Amtrak's long distance trains, potentially resulting in the end of all train service to some 30 states and the end of Amtrak as we know it. However, this is by far not the first time Republicans have tried defunding Amtrak and it remains to be seen what the budget will look like after Congressional deliberations, especially since many "red states" would be the hardest hit by cuts to Amtrak, a phenomenon which has kept many routes alive in the past.
29th Mar '17 7:06:57 AM Jhonny
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Following the 2016 elections, conflicting messages came as regards passenger rail travel in the US. On the one hand UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump had campaigned on an infrastructure package and praised Asian and European UsefulNotes/HighSpeedRail, but on the other hand, Trump's first budget proposal included an 18% cut to the department of transportation and the end of all subsidies for Amtrak's long distance trains, potentially resulting in the end of all train service to some 30 states and the Amtrak as we know it. However, this is by far not the first time Republicans have tried defunding Amtrak and it remains to be seen what the budget will look like after Congressional deliberations, especially since many "red states" would be the hardest hit by cuts to Amtrak, a phenomenon which has kept many routes alive in the past.
29th Mar '17 5:43:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''Keystone Service'' from New York to Harrisburg via Philadelphia. There's also one train per day that goes beyond Harrisburg to {{Pittsburgh}}, which is labeled the Pennsylvanian. The section between Philadelphia and Harrisburg (known as the Keystone Corridor) is Amtrak's only electrified corridor outside of the Northeast Corridor, though as with most service, electrification ends at Harrisburg.

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* The ''Keystone Service'' from New York to Harrisburg via Philadelphia. There's also one train per day that goes beyond Harrisburg to {{Pittsburgh}}, UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}, which is labeled the Pennsylvanian. The section between Philadelphia and Harrisburg (known as the Keystone Corridor) is Amtrak's only electrified corridor outside of the Northeast Corridor, though as with most service, electrification ends at Harrisburg.
20th Feb '17 5:46:19 PM Jhonny
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* Union Station, UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC is Amtrak's headquarters, the second busiest station, and just a few blocks from the Capitol. Well known for being a tourist attraction in its own right, with beautiful architecture and many shops, not unlike New York's Grand Central Terminal. It is not uncommon for VIP's to be seem riding the train from Washington, the most notable being Delaware Senator (and former [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem Vice President]]) Joe Biden, who ''never had a residence in Washington'' until he became VP, and commuted to his home in Wilmington by Amtrak for 20+ years. It has a connection to the UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro on the latter's Red Line, as well as commuter rail service into Maryland and Virginia by way of MARC and Virginia Railway Express, respectively.

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* Union Station, UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC is Amtrak's headquarters, the second busiest station, and just a few blocks from the Capitol. Well known for being a tourist attraction in its own right, with beautiful architecture and many shops, not unlike New York's Grand Central Terminal. It is not uncommon for VIP's to be seem riding the train from Washington, the most notable being Delaware Senator (and former [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem Vice President]]) Joe Biden, who ''never had a residence in Washington'' until he became VP, and commuted to his home in Wilmington by Amtrak for 20+ years. How did "Amtrak Joe" return home after his term was over? Why, on Amtrak of course. It has a connection to the UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro on the latter's Red Line, as well as commuter rail service into Maryland and Virginia by way of MARC and Virginia Railway Express, respectively.
20th Feb '17 7:21:27 AM Peacemaker36
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* Union Station, UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC is Amtrak's headquarters, the second busiest station, and just a few blocks from the Capitol. Well known for being a tourist attraction in its own right, with beautiful architecture and many shops, not unlike New York's Grand Central Terminal. It is not uncommon for VIP's to be seem riding the train from Washington, the most notable being Delaware Senator (and current [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem Vice President]]) Joe Biden, who ''never had a residence in Washington'' until he became VP, and commuted to his home in Wilmington by Amtrak for 20+ years. It has a connection to the UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro on the latter's Red Line, as well as commuter rail service into Maryland and Virginia by way of MARC and Virginia Railway Express, respectively.

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* Union Station, UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC is Amtrak's headquarters, the second busiest station, and just a few blocks from the Capitol. Well known for being a tourist attraction in its own right, with beautiful architecture and many shops, not unlike New York's Grand Central Terminal. It is not uncommon for VIP's to be seem riding the train from Washington, the most notable being Delaware Senator (and current former [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem Vice President]]) Joe Biden, who ''never had a residence in Washington'' until he became VP, and commuted to his home in Wilmington by Amtrak for 20+ years. It has a connection to the UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro on the latter's Red Line, as well as commuter rail service into Maryland and Virginia by way of MARC and Virginia Railway Express, respectively.
25th Dec '16 9:28:19 AM ADrago
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* Penn Station, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity is the busiest station in the United States. The original station was a beaux-arts masterpiece that was controversially [[PermanentlyMissableContent demolished]] in 1964 to build the new Madison Square Garden, and the entire station complex is now underground. Amtrak is currently planning to move the station to the James Farley Post Office and will rename it Moynihan Station in honor of the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who created the idea of rebuilding the historic Penn Station. However, due to lack of funds and various political infighting this plan is currently stuck in DevelopmentHell, meaning the current overcrowded Penn Station will likely remain in use for quite some time to come.

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* Penn Station, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity is the busiest station in the United States. The original station was a beaux-arts masterpiece that was controversially [[PermanentlyMissableContent demolished]] demolished in 1964 to build the new Madison Square Garden, and the entire station complex is now underground. Amtrak is currently planning to move the station to the James Farley Post Office and will rename it Moynihan Station in honor of the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who created the idea of rebuilding the historic Penn Station. However, due to lack of funds and various political infighting this plan is currently stuck in DevelopmentHell, meaning the current overcrowded Penn Station will likely remain in use for quite some time to come.
22nd Dec '16 9:51:04 AM Jhonny
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Amtrak, the UsefulNotes/{{trademark}} name of The National Passenger Railway Corporation, is the national railway of the United States. Privately-owned passenger trains in the US had always operated at a loss or barely covering costs[[note]]They were mostly intended as a loss leader to get [=CEOs=] to sign on to lucrative freight contracts and/or to make land of places served more lucrative[[/note]], as with most passenger rail lines in the world. As car ownership and passenger flights exploded following UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, many railroad companies were going out of business, in part because the government required them to provide passenger service. In 1969, the largest bankruptcy in history at that point was the Penn Central Railroad[[note]]A merger of two major East Coast railways, which arguably massively botched the merging process at a time when they could not afford to make any mistakes[[/note]], essentially bankrupted by money-losing passenger service, and it proceeded to get worse (more big railroads would go under) if something wasn't done.

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Amtrak, the UsefulNotes/{{trademark}} name of The National Passenger Railway Corporation, is the national railway of the United States. Privately-owned passenger trains in the US had always operated at a loss or barely covering costs[[note]]They were mostly intended as a loss leader to get [=CEOs=] to sign on to lucrative freight contracts and/or to make land of places served more lucrative[[/note]], as with most passenger rail lines in the world. As car ownership and passenger flights exploded following UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII,[[note]]In part due to massive government spending on the development of many advances in aviation for military purposes, the Interstate Highway System and other measures that benefited road and air travel while railroads still paid taxes, sometimes even taxes specifically earmarked for road or air travel[[/note]] many railroad companies were going out of business, in part because the government required them to provide passenger service. In 1969, the largest bankruptcy in history at that point was the Penn Central Railroad[[note]]A merger of two major East Coast railways, which arguably massively botched the merging process at a time when they could not afford to make any mistakes[[/note]], essentially bankrupted by money-losing passenger service, and it proceeded to get worse (more big railroads would go under) if something wasn't done.
22nd Dec '16 9:49:18 AM Jhonny
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Amtrak, the UsefulNotes/{{trademark}} name of The National Passenger Railway Corporation, is the national railway of the United States. Privately-owned passenger trains in the US had always operated at a loss, as with most passenger rail lines in the world. As car ownership and passenger flights exploded following UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, many railroad companies were going out of business, in part because the government required them to provide passenger service. In 1969, the largest bankruptcy in history at that point was the Penn Central Railroad[[note]]A merger of two major East Coast railways, which arguably massively botched the merging process at a time when they could not afford to make any mistakes[[/note]], essentially bankrupted by money-losing passenger service, and it proceeded to get worse (more big railroads would go under) if something wasn't done.

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Amtrak, the UsefulNotes/{{trademark}} name of The National Passenger Railway Corporation, is the national railway of the United States. Privately-owned passenger trains in the US had always operated at a loss, loss or barely covering costs[[note]]They were mostly intended as a loss leader to get [=CEOs=] to sign on to lucrative freight contracts and/or to make land of places served more lucrative[[/note]], as with most passenger rail lines in the world. As car ownership and passenger flights exploded following UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, many railroad companies were going out of business, in part because the government required them to provide passenger service. In 1969, the largest bankruptcy in history at that point was the Penn Central Railroad[[note]]A merger of two major East Coast railways, which arguably massively botched the merging process at a time when they could not afford to make any mistakes[[/note]], essentially bankrupted by money-losing passenger service, and it proceeded to get worse (more big railroads would go under) if something wasn't done.
22nd Dec '16 9:30:34 AM Gosicrystal
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* Penn Station, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity is the busiest station in the United States. The original station was a beaux-arts masterpiece that was controversially [[LostForever demolished]] in 1964 to build the new Madison Square Garden, and the entire station complex is now underground. Amtrak is currently planning to move the station to the James Farley Post Office and will rename it Moynihan Station in honor of the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who created the idea of rebuilding the historic Penn Station. However, due to lack of funds and various political infighting this plan is currently stuck in DevelopmentHell, meaning the current overcrowded Penn Station will likely remain in use for quite some time to come.

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* Penn Station, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity is the busiest station in the United States. The original station was a beaux-arts masterpiece that was controversially [[LostForever [[PermanentlyMissableContent demolished]] in 1964 to build the new Madison Square Garden, and the entire station complex is now underground. Amtrak is currently planning to move the station to the James Farley Post Office and will rename it Moynihan Station in honor of the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who created the idea of rebuilding the historic Penn Station. However, due to lack of funds and various political infighting this plan is currently stuck in DevelopmentHell, meaning the current overcrowded Penn Station will likely remain in use for quite some time to come.
15th Dec '16 9:49:19 PM Doug86
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Amtrak, the UsefulNotes/{{trademark}} name of The National Passenger Railway Corporation, is the national railway of the United States. Privately-owned passenger trains in the US had always operated at a loss, as with most passenger rail lines in the world. As car ownership and passenger flights exploded following UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, many railroad companies were going out of business, in part because the government required them to provide passenger service. In 1969, the largest bankruptcy in history at that point was the Penn Central Railroad[[note]]A merger of two major East Coast railways, which arguably massively botched the merging process at a time when they could not afford to make any mistakes[[/note]], essentially bankrupted by money-losing passenger service, and it proceeded to get worse (more big railroads would go under) if something wasn't done.

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Amtrak, the UsefulNotes/{{trademark}} name of The National Passenger Railway Corporation, is the national railway of the United States. Privately-owned passenger trains in the US had always operated at a loss, as with most passenger rail lines in the world. As car ownership and passenger flights exploded following UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, many railroad companies were going out of business, in part because the government required them to provide passenger service. In 1969, the largest bankruptcy in history at that point was the Penn Central Railroad[[note]]A merger of two major East Coast railways, which arguably massively botched the merging process at a time when they could not afford to make any mistakes[[/note]], essentially bankrupted by money-losing passenger service, and it proceeded to get worse (more big railroads would go under) if something wasn't done.



* Union Station, UsefulNotes/LosAngeles is the fifth busiest station and something of an oddball. It's designed to look like a [[UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} giant mission-style church]] complete with gardens, the tracks and platforms are elevated, and it's been in a state of constant expansion since 1989. It was a major hub for [[GoldenAgeOfHollywood Golden Age movie stars]] and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo troops bound for the Pacific]], and you've seen it many times if you watched ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]].'' It was one of the last grand "Union Statons" to be built in the US towards the tail end of the "golden age" of rail travel in the country and is one planned terminus for the new California High Speed Rail system to enter service some time in the late 2020s (the other is a yet to be constructed station in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco).

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* Union Station, UsefulNotes/LosAngeles is the fifth busiest station and something of an oddball. It's designed to look like a [[UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} giant mission-style church]] complete with gardens, the tracks and platforms are elevated, and it's been in a state of constant expansion since 1989. It was a major hub for [[GoldenAgeOfHollywood Golden Age movie stars]] and [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII troops bound for the Pacific]], and you've seen it many times if you watched ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]].'' It was one of the last grand "Union Statons" to be built in the US towards the tail end of the "golden age" of rail travel in the country and is one planned terminus for the new California High Speed Rail system to enter service some time in the late 2020s (the other is a yet to be constructed station in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco).
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