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  • 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.

  • **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)

    Amtrak hiring of outside lawyers called 'wasteful'

    A congressional probe is calling for an end to Amtrak's use of expensive outside lawyers to represent its top employees during administrative investigations, calling the practice wasteful and unheard of across government.

  • KEEPING TRACK: Former Amtrak Inspector General Fred Weiderhold was pushed out, a congressional probe says. (Associated Press)

    Amtrak's ouster of IG puts heat on rail service

    Amtrak officials pushed the agency's longtime inspector general to resign — without telling Congress — after the watchdog official exposed wrongdoing, mismanagement and criminal activity inside the taxpayer-funded rail service, a congressional probe has found.

  • **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)

    Amtrak hired private lawyers for executives

    Top Amtrak officials declined to participate in an internal investigation until they were provided private lawyers on the government-owned company's dime, an unusual request considering they were not even targets of the probe.

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