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Miscellaneous

N.J. Transit Set to Open Secaucus Station

NEWARK, N.J. – After much anticipation, N.J. Transit will open its Secaucus Transfer Station Sept. 6 for weekend-only service, Executive Director George Warrington announced July 31. “The Secaucus transfer station creates new markets, generates job growth and sparks economic development for the State of New Jersey,” said N.J. Transit Board Chairman and State Transportation Commissioner Jack Lettiere. “The new hub also sets the groundwork for the next generation of transportation services, such as a new two-track tunnel under the Hudson River and 100 bi-level rail cars.” The $450 million Secaucus transfer connects 10 of N.J. Transit’s 11 rail lines, providing rail

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Miscellaneous

The Great Blackout of 2003

NEW YORK – A sweltering heat welcomed passengers to Penn Station Friday (Aug. 15) as power remained out after the nation’s largest blackout. The massive power outage left millions without power and thousands more stranded when transportation unable to operate. Commuter rail and subways shut down leaving residents without travel options. And when power was partially restored, travel was slow and fewer trains, particularly on New Jersey Transit lines, operated. Within days, however, rail service was back to normal, with passengers being whisked across the Northeast on assorted subways and commuter trains. “I would like to thank our customers for

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Amtrak

Amtrak Posts Strong Gains in July

WASHINGTON – Amtrak reported carrying 2,223,358 passengers in July, making it the best month for ridership in the railroad’s 32-year history. The record-setting month comes on the heels of Amtrak’s strongest April, May and June ridership totals ever. The railroad carried 2,098,901 passengers in April, 2,104,916 passengers in May, and 2,129,697 passengers in June. “Slowly but surely we are making improvements, and we are beginning to see results,” Amtrak president David L. Gunn said. “With public support to bring our infrastructure, trains and stations to a state of good repair, Amtrak will continue to build on this success.” Fifteen Amtrak

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Commuter Rail

High Speed Rail in America

At the new year of 2003, only one high-speed rail corridor was in operation in the United States – The Northeast Corridor. “Our goal with this first Acela Express train was to establish a strong initial presence between Boston and New York and based on these initial results, we are succeeding,” said former Amtrak President George D. Warrington in January 2001. “Acela Express marks the introduction of premium, limited stop Amtrak service in New England and this first roundtrip was scheduled to serve that market.” However, high-speed rail as a viable option is being considered in communities nationwide. And in

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Amtrak

This train is bound for Glory … and Washington, D.C.

ATLANTA – For train fans, the only thing better than watching trains is riding them. And that’s what I’m about to do. I decided rather than sitting around for my vacation, I’d hop on No. 20 (that’s the Northbound Crescent, for those of you who might not know) and take a trip to Washington, D.C. I’ll depart Atlanta at about 8 p.m. and arrive at Union Station at about 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. Yes, it’s a long trip, but it’s also an experience. I reserved a coach seat. I thought that would provide me with the best train experience. Besides,