AP FACT CHECK: Biden tale of Amtrak conductor doesn’t add up
President Joe Biden is spinning a convoluted tale of an Amtrak conductor who congratulated him during his vice presidency for logging more miles riding the train home to Delaware than by flying on Air Force Two. “I apologize because some have heard this,” Biden told a crowd Monday in New Jersey, starting up a story he has repeated in various forms at least five times, dating back to the 2020 campaign.news.yahoo.com
Gunman who killed agent on Amtrak train in Arizona ID'd
Officials on Thursday identified the armed passenger who died in a gunfight after fatally shooting a federal agent inside an Amtrak train in Arizona as Darrion Taylor. The Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office in Tucson said in a news release that Taylor, 26, was shot in the torso and limbs. The wounds were not self-inflicted, according to medical examiner Dr. Gregory Hess.news.yahoo.com
Couple celebrating 50th anniversary died in train derailment
Don Varnadoe spent months watching videos about train trips on his office computer in preparation for a special cross-country vacation to celebrate his and Margie Varnadoe's 50th wedding anniversary. “He had called the office and said how excited they were," said Robert Kozlowski, managing broker at Coldwell Banker Access Realty in the port city of Brunswick. A day later, the couple died when an Amtrak train they were on derailed in rural Montana.news.yahoo.com
Multiple injuries after Amtrak train derails in Montana
Multiple people were injured Saturday when an Amtrak train that runs between Seattle and Chicago derailed Saturday afternoon in north-central Montana, the train agency said. The Empire Builder train derailed at 4 p.m. near Joplin, a town of about 200, Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said in a statement. The train had about 147 passengers and 13 crew members onboard, Abrams said.news.yahoo.com
Man dies after being shot in exchange of gunfire with Amtrak police officer at Union Station
A man died after an Amtrak police officer shot him in an exchange of gunfire Tuesday at Chicago’s Union Station, authorities said. The shooting took place shortly after 5 p.m., after the Amtrak Police Department was notified that a person with several California warrants, including one for murder, was arriving on a train at Union Station, Amtrak spokeswoman Olivia Irvin said in a statement. ...news.yahoo.com
Touting new trains, Amtrak CEO foresees riders heading back
Amtrak is betting big on a return of ridership. It plans to spend $7.3 billion to buy 83 trains made by Siemens, with options to buy more if ridership increases. Funding must still be approved by Congress, but William Flynn, Amtrak's CEO, says he's confident it will happen.news.yahoo.com
I went aboard Amtrak's new long-distance trains aiming to transform America's languishing rail network and now I want to take a cross-country train trip
Travelers really have to embrace the "journey is the destination" motif when taking Amtrak. But its new upgrades are making journeys more enjoyable.news.yahoo.com
Biden says U.S. is "way behind the rest of the world" on infrastructure
President Biden visited Philadelphia on Friday to promote his massive infrastructure plan and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Amtrak. CBS News senior White House and political correspondent Ed O'Keefe joins CBSN's Elaine Quijano to discuss.news.yahoo.com
Biden celebrates Amtrak's 50th anniversary with plans to expand the railway
President Biden traveled to Philadelphia's 30th Street Station Friday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Amtrak’s first rail ride, from New York City to Philadelphia, and tout a grand future for the federally funded train system. Biden said that developing the U.S. rail system would change how families are able to live in the U.S., connect communities that feel left behind, and provide cleaner transportation. But apart from achieving U.S. climate markers, Biden said rail investment is a necessary step in keeping up with China. "We're behind the curve," Biden said, adding that China’s more than 23,000 miles of high-speed rail accounts for two-thirds of the world’s high-speed rail system. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPChina is currently developing a high-speed rail that can travel up to 400 miles per hour.foxnews.com
Amtrak promises more service between San Antonio and other Texas cities if infrastructure plan passes
Amtrak has big plans for expanded service in Texas if President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan moves forward as proposed. Along with funding for road construction and maintenance, the plan also contains $80 billion aimed at expanding rail service.
In a leaky underwater rail tunnel, workers race against time
Amtrak workers perform tunnel repairs to a partially flooded train track bed, Saturday, March 20, 2021, in Weehawken, N.J. With a new rail tunnel into New York years away at best, Amtrak is embarking on an aggressive and expensive program to fix a 110-year-old tunnel in the interim. On a recent Saturday morning, workers used heavy machinery to clear away chunks of the tunnel floor after rails and wooden ties had been removed. “If we had a new tunnel we wouldn’t be spending anything on it,” Amtrak Chairman Anthony Coscia said. On a broader scale, it must keep the tunnel operating reliably for years until a new tunnel is built and the old one can be closed for a complete overhaul. Against that backdrop, a funding dispute between local lawmakers and the administration for former President Donald Trump stalled the new tunnel project for four years.
Buttigieg to quarantine after security agent gets COVID-19
WASHINGTON – Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will quarantine for 14 days after a member of his security detail tested positive Monday for the coronavirus. The agent had been “in close contact” with Buttigieg, including Monday morning prior to the agent’s positive result, the Transportation Department said in a statement. Following contact tracing protocols, the department said it determined that one other person in the security detail had also been in “close contact” with the agent and will also quarantine for 14 days. Ad“We will continue to prioritize safety as the foundation of everything we do,” Buttigieg told department employees in an email message last week. “We know it’s the appropriate measure for international travel, people traveling into the U.S.,” partly because of the threat of virus variants from other countries, Buttigieg told CNN.
'A long two days': Major storm pummels Northeast with snow
Although the heaviest parts of the storm had moved through the metropolitan area by Monday evening, lighter snow showers were expected to continue virtually all day Tuesday, forecaster James Tomasini said. “We’re looking at a long two days here,” New York Gov. Across the Northeast, many coronavirus vaccination sites closed Monday. AdHundreds of flights and many trains and were canceled, and aboveground New York City subway service stopped at 2 p.m. In recent days, a storm system blanketed parts of the Midwest, with some areas getting the most snow in several years.
Unions: Passenger rails need better security, no-ride list
FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2021 file photo, The Amtrak Metropolitan Lounge overlooks the newly-completed Moynihan Train Hall in New York. Two major railroad workers unions have asked the Department of Homeland Security to beef up security on Amtrak and other passenger rail lines, including by creating a no-ride list akin to the no-fly list that prevents people identified as risks from boarding planes. The unions said Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, that tougher security measures are needed after last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol because people who took part in the insurrection that were placed on the no-fly list may turn to railroads for transportation. – Two major railroad workers unions have asked the Department of Homeland Security to beef up security on Amtrak and other passenger lines, including by creating a no-ride list akin to the no-fly list that prevents people identified as risks from boarding planes. The unions also asked the Federal Railroad Administration to intervene and require more security.
NYC begins registering travelers at COVID-19 checkpoints
Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking travelers from 34 states, including Florida where COVID-19 infection rates are high, to quarantine for 14 days after arriving in the city. Authorities said this week a fifth of all new coronavirus cases in New York City have been from travelers entering the city from other states. Despite the specter of fines, the checkpoints are more educational than punitive, and officials acknowledged the effort relies on voluntary compliance. The campaign was criticized for sowing confusion and raising questions about how travelers' personal information would be retained. He said officials have made more than 86,000 phone calls and sent more than 20,000 text messages to travelers entering New York City from states with high coronavirus infection rates.
WATCH: Amtrak train crashes into 18-wheeler in Cibolo
CIBOLO, Texas – An Amtrak train slammed into an 18-wheeler Tuesday morning in Cibolo. According to a tweet from the Cibolo Police Department, the crash happened at FM 78 and Country Lane. No injuries were reported. Cibolo police are urging truck drivers to be aware of their route and to be careful when trying to go over railroad crossings.