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  • Amtrak train strikes, kills person in Milford

    An Amtrak train has struck and killed a person in Milford.

  • Person struck, killed by train in Groton

    An Amtrak Acela Express train has struck and killed a pedestrian in Groton.

  • Trucking company lawyers renew tampering claims

    Lawyers for a trucking company involved in a collision with an Amtrak train are renewing their allegations of evidence tampering by Union Pacific Railroad.

  • Biden stresses infrastructure investment in Philly

    Vice President Joe Biden got a peek at Amtrak's newest locomotive Thursday and used the occasion to call for more infrastructure investment, stressing the importance of an improved transportation system.

  • BOOK REVIEW: 'Amtrak'

    Fittingly, the American passenger train was born on the Fourth of July. On that date in 1828, one of our Founding Fathers laid the granite cornerstone of the first chartered railroad in the United States, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

  • Fate of the trains

    AMTRAK: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE

  • Associated Press
Amtrak plans to collaborate with the California High-Speed Rail Authority to purchase about 60 high-speed trains over the next decade. California is expected to begin construction on its high-speed rail this summer.

    Amtrak, California to collaborate on coastal high-speed rail lines

    The two biggest players in the nation's pursuit of high-speed rail said Thursday they will work together to search for trains that will operate at up to 220 miles per hour along both U.S. coasts.

  • Amtrak IG criticizes laxity in curbing drugs

    Amtrak's internal watchdog agency is criticizing the rail service's management for not doing enough to uncover drug and alcohol abuse among "safety sensitive" employees such as engineers and conductors.

  • **FILE** A Red Cap stands next to an Amtrak train waiting for passengers at a platform at New York's Penn Station in 2005. (Associated Press)

    Fraud, abuse found rampant at Amtrak

    One Amtrak employee spent much of his time in the office sending emails to women he met through a half-dozen online dating sites and claimed overtime pay for hours he spent officiating high school sporting events. Another worker may have received more than $100,000 in bogus overtime, records show.

  • D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton join officials from Amtrak and representatives from Akridge developers to announce the Washington Union Station Master Plan at Union Station on Wednesday in the District. The proposed development is still in the initial planning stages. (Raymond Thompson/The Washington Times)

    Amtrak’s Union Station plan sketchy on funding

    Amtrak unveiled Wednesday a massive $7 billion plan to expand Union Station that has many tentative components -- including how to pay for it.

  • MILLER: Romney on the fast track

    Amtrak left taxpayers stranded with a $1.4 billion bill last year, and it's going to cost even more to keep government-run rail alive this year. Instead of looking for ways to cut back to attain profitability or just improve the notoriously late, slow and underwhelming service, Amtrak's CEO proposed on Wednesday to buy a set of electric trains (not the toy kind) to make his request for another 130 mostly ordinary rail cars more politically correct.

  • Vice President Joseph R. Biden (center) personally fought for stimulus funding to renovate the Amtrak station in Wilmington, Del. He used the station regularly as a senator, and Amtrak is renaming the station in his honor. (Associated Press)

    Budget-busting station named for Biden

    As a thank-you to its most famous customer, Amtrak is renaming the train station in Wilmington, Del., after stimulus "sheriff" Vice President Joseph R. Biden — after the project received $20 million in stimulus money and came in $5.7 million over the initial announced budget.

  • Thomas Carper, chairman of Amtrak's board of directors, is under fire from a California congressman, who is calling for his ouster, along with that of the passenger-rail service's general counsel. (Associated Press)

    Issa urges firing of Amtrak chief, counsel

    A powerful House Republican wants Amtrak's chairman and top lawyer fired.

  • **FILE** Vincent C. Gray (Associated Press)

    Mayor-elect's aide faulted in dismissal of Amtrak IG

    A little noticed congressional report raised sharp questions about Amtrak executive Lorraine Green — head of D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent Gray's campaign and transition teams — in connection with the controversial dismissal of a longtime former Amtrak inspector general.

  • Campbell

    Questions surface over Campbell's handling of crisis

    As the Republican nominee for Maryland's comptroller, William H. Campbell is campaigning on his experience as a top financial officer at federal agencies, including Amtrak.

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