Amtrak to Host ‘Civic Conversation’ in Savannah on Rail Depot Redevelopment & Restoration

January 27, 2009 News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — As a part of its Great American Stations Project, Amtrak is hosting its fourth Civic Conversation in Savannah, Ga., Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, to discuss the redevelopment and restoration of passenger rail stations along the routes of the Carolinian, Crescent, Palmetto, Piedmont, Silver Meteor and Silver Star. The Atlantic Coast trains serve passengers between New York and Florida and New Orleans. During the meeting on Feb. 4, case studies from both large and small communities will be highlighted. Representatives of those communities will explain how they shepherded their projects to successes that sparked additional redevelopment in their

‘The most extraordinary and astounding adventure’

January 24, 2009 Todd DeFeo 0

Trains still roar past the Kennesaw House located between the city square and the railroad tracks a block away. Turn back the clock 145 years to April 12, 1862, and the Kennesaw House was the stepping off point for one of the more intriguing episodes of the Civil War.

Chatham Intermodal Container Transfer Facility Opens at Savannah Port

January 22, 2009 News Wire 0

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Chatham Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) officially opened at the Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City (Ga.) Terminal. The new facility features three working tracks at 2,145 feet each and a total of 12,406 feet of storage tracks. The Port of Savannah is the only single facility on the U.S. East Coast with two on-terminal ICTFs. “A thriving business climate requires a transportation network that can support commerce and act as a catalyst to propel our economy forward,” Gov. Sonny Perdue said. “The completion of the Chatham ICTF will help achieve this goal.” The Port of Savannah’s

Amtrak Handles Crowds for Presidential Inauguration

January 21, 2009 News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — Amtrak trains have been carrying large crowds to and from Washington since Jan. 17, many of the passengers traveling for events associated with the inauguration of President Barack Obama. The railroad estimated that more than 78,000 passengers will have used Amtrak for travel to and from the nation’s capital through Jan. 21, surpassing the same Martin Luther King holiday weekend last year by 63 percent. “This has been a great opportunity for Amtrak to demonstrate its capabilities during a very historic and high-profile time,” Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman said. “The choice of an Amtrak train for

CSX Announces Fourth Quarter Results

January 20, 2009 News Wire 0

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — CSX Corp. announced fourth quarter earnings per share of 63 cents. These results include a noncash impairment charge of 27 cents per share related to the write-down of its investment in The Greenbrier resort. Excluding this charge and gains from insurance recoveries in the prior year quarter, comparable earnings per share increased to 90 cents, a 6 percent increase on a year-over-year basis. “CSX achieved solid financial results in the fourth quarter,” said Michael J. Ward, chairman, president and CEO. “The company finished 2008 in a strong financial position and began taking aggressive actions in the quarter

Crescent Trains Temporarily Canceled Between Atlanta and New Orleans

January 20, 2009 News Wire 0

ATLANTA — Due to track work by Norfolk Southern Railway, Amtrak’s Crescent Trains (Nos. 19 and 20) will not operate between Atlanta and New Orleans, La., on a number of dates. Alternate transportation will not be provided. The service will be affected Jan. 26-29, Feb. 2-5, Feb. 9-12 and Feb. 19. Southbound Train 19, which normally operates between New York and New Orleans, will originate in New York and will terminate in Atlanta on the dates shown above. This change affects Train 19 that originates in New York Sunday through Wednesday (Jan. 25-Feb. 18) and arrives in Atlanta the following

Woman Falls on Metro Tracks

January 20, 2009 News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — A 68-year-old woman fell on the tracks at Washington Metro’s Gallery Place station on the red line on Jan. 20. Authorities initially said the woman was hit by a train, but later revised their account. After falling, the woman was taken to a hotpital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The woman’s fall comes during an extremely busy travel period on the Metro and more passengers than normal are using the subway system to attend the presidential inauguration. Hundreds of thousands of people attending the Inaugural Opening Ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial helped Metro set a new Sunday ridership

Metrorail Sets new Sunday Record for Ridership

January 20, 2009 News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of people attending the Inaugural Opening Ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial helped Metro set a new Sunday ridership in the transit agency’s 32-year history on Sunday, Jan. 18. Riders took 616,324 trips, smashing the previous all-time high ridership day for a Sunday by 75,000 trips. Combined with 86,836 Metrobus trips, the Metro system carried about 703,000 trips. Yesterday’s high rail ridership also makes it the third highest overall weekend ridership day in Metro’s history. The highest weekend ridership day occurred on June 8, 1991, when 786,358 trips were recorded for a Desert Storm rally. The

OneRail Coalition: Encourage Transportation Policies that IncreaseMobility, Reduce Emissions, Promote Economic Growth

January 19, 2009 News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — Environmental, freight and passenger rail groups have come together with reform-minded transportation experts to form a coalition that will advance rail programs. The coalition, called the OneRail Coalition, said it will encourage public policies recognizing rail as a critical element of the national transportation system and an essential part of the future economic growth and environmental well-being of the nation. Members include American Public Transportation Association, Amtrak, American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association, Association of American Railroads, Building America’s Future, National Association of Railroad Passengers, Natural Resources Defense Council, Railway Supply Institute, States for Passenger Rail Coalition,

Tickets Go on Sale for Atlantic City Express Service

January 18, 2009 News Wire 0

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Atlantic City Express Service (ACES), offering the only direct train service between New York City and Atlantic City, announced that tickets are now available for weekend departures via or Introductory ticket prices will start at $50 for a one-way coach seat and $75 for a one-way first class seat. Customers may also book the train’s lounge for four passengers with prices starting at $400. The ACES train will officially launch on Feb. 6. “We are excited to open ticketing to the public and welcome those eager to try this new option connecting two

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