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by Carson Porter | April 29, 2011
To celebrate 40 years of service, Amtrak is letting kids ride free on trips booked before May 6th for travel through June 9th. Click here for all the details. Almost makes me wish I had kids; almost.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
Trains were delayed by more than an hour Wednesday when an Amtrak train to Boston broke down in Aberdeen, officials said. The 284 passengers aboard Train 178, which left D.C. at 4:05 p.m., eventually switched trains to continue north, according to an Amtrak spokesman. Due to "the severe congestion," MARC Train 536 stopped at Edgewood, and passengers were taken to Aberdeen and Perryville by taxi, according to a Maryland Transit Administration announcement. The MTA told passengers to save their receipts and contact the administration for reimbursement.
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NEWS
September 12, 2011
For the first time ever, Amtrak is expected to hit the 30 million milestone on Sept. 30. That's how many passengers it will have served over the previous 12 months, an annual increase in train ridership of 6.4 percent — a remarkably robust result given the nation's high unemployment rate and challenging economic circumstances. That's something to be celebrated. The public's embrace of passenger rail recognizes both improvements in Amtrak and the diminishment of alternatives, as highways and air travel become increasingly congested.
BUSINESS
Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
Two Maryland lawmakers joined Amtrak and Obama administration officials at Penn Station on Monday morning to call for long-term federal funding of transportation projects — pointing to Baltimore's 141-year-old passenger rail tunnel as a prime example of the need. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, both Democrats, said Congress needs to get beyond its recent habit of enacting short-term extensions of federal transportation funding and pass legislation providing a predicable flow of money for long-term, big-ticket projects.
NEWS
March 15, 2004
FINANCIALLY starved and neglected for most of its history, Amtrak is finally showing modest signs of bouncing back. After its most recent brush with bankruptcy in the summer of 2002, the rail system is getting its house in order thanks to a no-nonsense CEO and president, David L. Gunn. Ridership is up and maintenance of its aging tracks and equipment is much improved, particularly in the vital Northeast corridor. So why is the Bush administration so anxious to kill it? Mr. Gunn believes Amtrak needs about $1.8 billion in federal funds this year to stay on track.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
The locomotive pulling an Amtrak train came off its tracks in the Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel in downtown Baltimore Monday, shutting down all local train activity on the Penn Line and disrupting the evening commute. Train 97 was carrying 158 passengers en route from New York to Miami when the front wheels of its locomotive derailed in the tunnel around 7 p.m., an Amtrak release said. No one was injured, and the passenger cars remained upright and on the tracks. Around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, MARC officials said Amtrak had temporarily suspended service between Baltimore and Washington due to a crane in the tunnel towing the disabled train away.
FEATURES
By Michael Dresser Getting there | February 1, 2010
I n the wake of last month's death of 14-year-old Anna Marie Stickel on the Amtrak tracks near Middle River, quite a few people can't seem to wait to give the railroad a free pass. I can. I've seen the condition of the fences along the tracks - where they do exist - in Middle River. It's disgraceful. If you drive along Orems Road alongside the tracks, not far from the spot where Anna and a friend gained access, you don't have to get out of the car to find obvious gaps in the decrepit old fence.
NEWS
May 12, 2014
No doubt there were some lumps in throats at Amtrak headquarters last month when they heard the words "collapse" and "rail line" in Baltimore. As it happens, it was a CSX freight line that was affected by the loss of a 120-year-old retaining wall in Charles Village that sent tons of dirt, pavement and cars spilling onto the tracks below. But it might have been the Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel, Amtrak's only passage through West Baltimore. It's 140 years old and can't accommodate more than two tracks, double-stacked trains or speeds above 30 miles per hour.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2011
Amtrak is turning out to be a good neighbor after all. The railroad announced plans Friday to install a good fence, not the shoddy chain-link joke in place now, along its Northeast Corridor tracks in Middle River. It was along that 2-mile stretch, where ultra-quiet trains race by at speeds up to 125 mph, that 14-year-old Anna Marie Stickel was killed in January 2010 as she walked along the tracks and was hit from behind. Certainly Anna didn't belong there. She was a trespasser.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 14, 2013
Amtrak saw record ridership in fiscal year 2013, including tens of thousands of additional riders out of Baltimore's Penn Station, the company said Monday. Total national ridership reached 31.6 million, about 400,000 more than in 2012, the company said. The system has seen ridership growth in 10 out of the last 11 years, the exception being 2009. The system logged slight ridership bumps along its northeast corridor and in Maryland, with more than 2 million riders at the state's five largest stations, the company said.
NEWS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2014
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a Norfolk Southern freight train late Saturday in Aberdeen. A man was on the Amtrak tracks in the 300 block of South Phildelphia Boulevard just before midnight Saturday when he was hit by a freight train heading south, according to Lt. Fred Budnick of Aberdeen Police Department. Freight trains frequently use the Amtrak tracks, he said. The incident happened behind Advance Auto Parts. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, Budnick said Sunday.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
State and federal transportation officials studying the replacement of an aged rail tunnel beneath Baltimore are opening the discussion to local residents and Amtrak and MARC commuters. The 1.4-mile Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel, considered a key bottleneck for commuter and freight traffic up and down the nation's busy Northeast Corridor, is 141 years old and a curvy, tight fit for today's modern trains — limiting their capacity and reducing their speed. The aging tunnel cuts beneath the Sandtown-Winchester, Upton and Bolton Hill neighborhoods of west and central Baltimore, between the West Baltimore MARC Station and Baltimore's Penn Station.
NEWS
By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
A tug boat struck the Susquehanna River Bridge Wednesday night, delaying trains from crossing between Cecil and Harford counties for about an hour. The U.S. Coast Guard notified Amtrak around 10 p.m. Wednesday that a tug boat struck the bridge, and trains were delayed as a precaution, according to Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz. Four Amtrak trains and one MARC train were delayed as an engineer inspected the bridge and the single track atop the structure, Schulz said. Normal service resumed at 11:20 p.m. after the inspection was complete.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2014
Amtrak trains to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport were halted for more than an hour Sunday night after police found a suspicious package at the station. Maryland Transportation Authority police spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Green said the package was "determined to be non-hazardous" and that police had responded "out of an abundance of caution. " Amtrak told passengers around 9:30 p.m. that all trains traveling both north and south would be delayed for about 30 minutes to an hour.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
A man was struck and killed by a train in Prince George's County on Friday afternoon, disrupting Amtrak and MARC service along the busy Baltimore-Washington corridor, officials said. MARC service was halted from about 2:30 p.m. until shortly after 5 p.m. along the Penn Line and Amtrak service was shut down from Washington all the way to Philadelphia, said Craig Schulz, an Amtrak spokesman. "Just because of the volume of trains, we're getting full in Baltimore and there's no where to go in Wilmington, so we're holding in Philadelphia where we have more room," Schulz said.
NEWS
May 12, 2014
No doubt there were some lumps in throats at Amtrak headquarters last month when they heard the words "collapse" and "rail line" in Baltimore. As it happens, it was a CSX freight line that was affected by the loss of a 120-year-old retaining wall in Charles Village that sent tons of dirt, pavement and cars spilling onto the tracks below. But it might have been the Baltimore and Potomac Tunnel, Amtrak's only passage through West Baltimore. It's 140 years old and can't accommodate more than two tracks, double-stacked trains or speeds above 30 miles per hour.
NEWS
August 21, 1995
Suddenly, America's only passenger rail service, Amtrak, finds itself in big trouble. Unless rail labor unions and Congress can agree, Amtrak could be forced to shut down Oct. 1."It's quite clear that the future of Amtrak is in jeopardy," said House Transportation Committee chairman Bud Shuster of Pennsylvania. A quarrel over severance provisions in an Amtrak reform bill that might impact on private freight railroads has brought work on remedial legislation, and budget funds, to a halt.Mr.
NEWS
August 25, 1993
Amtrak and MARC trains are scheduled to run as usual today, after a federal judge blocked a planned strike by the United Transportation Union.U.S. District Judge Stanley Harris signed a temporary restraining order in Washington yesterday at the urging of lawyers representing Amtrak who contended that a strike was illegal.The walkout, which was called by the union amid a dispute over who should operate trains at maintenance facilities, would have begun at 12:01 a.m. today and shut down all Amtrak passenger service as well as MARC lines.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
A man was killed when he was struck by an Amtrak train in Baltimore Monday night, authorities said. The victim was found dead on the tracks near a MARC station in the 400 block of N. Smallwood St. after being struck by the train around 9:30 p.m., police said. Peter Corbett, a passenger, said Amtrak Train 55 had been traveling south and was expected to arrive in Washington, D.C. around 10 p.m. The conductor stopped the train and told passengers it fatally struck a "trespasser" on the tracks.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
A four-vehicle collision with injury in Towson on Interstate 83 North prior to the Baltimore Beltway has closed the northbound right traffic lane and northbound left shoulder at 7:36 a.m., according to the state Department of Transportation. DOT has reported that all lanes have been reopened on I-95 North with the clearing of a three-vehicle collision with injury in Edgewood at the MD 24 exit. The Baltimore City Department of Public Works reported a 12-inch water main break in the 2000 block of South Clinton Street.
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