Amtrak - News, updates, upgrades, etc

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There was another article about possible restoration of the New York-Montreal train. It looks like they’re doing test runs on the tracks in Quebec.

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Amtrak has a culture of willful stupidity in its crews.

PA awards funding to begin upgrades for the NYC/Scranton line:

The funding from the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program would be matched with $3.7 million in federal dollars to install 43,000 new railroad ties on 40 miles of track between Delaware Water Gap and Gouldsboro on the Pocono Mainline

The new railroad ties will allow for trains to reach a top speed of 80 mph in certain straight, level areas needed for the Amtrak Corridor service

Apparently the Amtrak study for this line will also now be completed in December. Very encouraging signs for one of the most shovel-ready new lines. It will be interesting to see what kind of development follows in Stroudsburg, Mount Pocono, etc. along the line, and of course Scranton itself.

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I’m all for this.

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Uncertain news from the Albany-Montreal corridor, which hasn’t seen Amtrak service since the disruption caused by the pandemic

Good news from the Mobile-New Orleans corridor, which hasn’t seen Amtrak service since the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina

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