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UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 3, 2020

Getting There: Group to push new passenger rail from Spokane, even as study finds significant obstacles

It would take nearly $400 million to build infrastructure that could support twice-daily roundabout rail trips from Spokane to Seattle. But that may be a bargain, say rail advocates.

UPDATED: Wed., June 17, 2020

Amtrak to cut back on its longer routes because of virus

OMAHA, Neb. — Amtrak will cut service later this year on most of its long-distance routes nationwide to three times a week instead of the current daily service because ridership …

UPDATED: Tue., May 19, 2020

Amtrak train strikes car in Spokane; no injuries reported

An unoccupied car was hit by an Amtrak train in southwest Spokane early Tuesday morning.

UPDATED: Mon., March 2, 2020

Amtrak names former air cargo executive as new CEO

William Flynn will take over in mid-April. He will replace Richard Anderson, who has served as CEO since July 2017 and will stay on until the end of the year.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Landslide stops Amtrak service between Seattle, Portland

Amtrak officials say a landslide blocking the tracks has temporarily stopped train service between Seattle and Portland.

Amtrak chief calls on U.S. to end ‘red tape’ on project for New York and New Jersey

Amtrak’s chief executive urged the Trump administration to provide federal funding and complete a key environmental review needed to advance the Gateway program of rail infrastructure projects in New York …

UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019

Investigators: Human error caused deadly Amtrak crash

A 2017 deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state happened because the engineer lost track of where he was on the route and was going more than twice the speed …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019

Amtrak train stuck in Oregon for more than a day is moving

Passengers stranded on an Amtrak train for more than a day in a remote and snowed-in part of Oregon said the train was moving again Tuesday after it got stuck …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

State transportation department, Amtrak to test train control system

Officials will be testing a train-control system along the tracks in the South Sound this weekend.

‘Everybody hated that curve’: Amtrak engineer told of worries before December crash south of Tacoma

National safety board calls out the “diffusion of responsibility” by four rail agencies that didn’t challenge an unsafe curve design of the track near DuPont where the derailment occurred.

UPDATED: Sat., June 2, 2018

Landslide suspends Amtrak’s Seattle-Portland service

Amtrak officials say a landslide between Portland and Seattle has suspended service between the cities.

UPDATED: Sat., April 7, 2018

Amtrak grades host railroads for delays to passenger service

In terms of causing fewer train delays, Amtrak’s host railroads in the Pacific Northwest performed pretty well last year, especially compared with other companies around the United States and Canada.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018

Amtrak: We’ll stop service on tracks lacking speed controls

Amtrak is considering suspending service on tracks that don’t have sophisticated speed controls by a Dec. 31 deadline, the railroad’s top executive said Thursday, threatening to disrupt operations across the …

Even when not at fault, Amtrak can bear cost of accidents

Federal investigators are still looking at how CSX railway crews routed an Amtrak train into a parked freight train in Cayce, South Carolina, last weekend. But even if CSX should …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018

Amtrak engineer ordered to stand trial in Philadelphia crash

An Amtrak engineer was ordered Tuesday to stand trial for a deadly 2015 derailment in Philadelphia as a judge reinstated involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges.

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 28, 2018

This teen was critically injured in the Amtrak derailment. Here’s what’s next for him.

Sixteen-year-old Timmy Brodigan, who was critically injured in the Dec. 18 Amtrak derailment near DuPont, was flown to Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado, on Thursday morning, according to KOMO News.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 25, 2018

NTSB report: Amtrak engineer missed speed-limit signs before train crashed south of Tacoma

The engineer on the Amtrak train that derailed south of Tacoma in December, killing three people and injuring dozens, said he didn’t see or didn’t recognize the signposts and signals …

Conductor injured in deadly Amtrak train crash sues

A conductor who was injured when a speeding Amtrak train flew off the tracks and onto a Washington state highway last month has filed a lawsuit against the passenger rail …

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 27, 2017

911 calls show chaos of Washington state train derailment

Dozens of emergency recordings released Wednesday by South Sound 911 Dispatch provided a vivid account of what happened during the deadly Dec. 18 crash.

Outside View: Accident shows rail safety can’t be delayed

Although the NTSB investigation is just getting underway, some important questions must be answered by the public and private operators of passenger trains in Washington state and beyond.

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017

I-5 opens after derailment cleanup

Southbound Interstate 5 between Tacoma and Olympia to be fully open by Thursday morning

Prosecutors can try to reinstate charges in ’15 Amtrak wreck

The fight to reinstate criminal charges against the engineer in a deadly 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia will carry over into next year.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017

Speeding Amtrak train didn’t brake before fatal crash near DuPont, according to NTSB analysis of data recorders

The engineer of a train hurtling down a curving track at some 50 mph over the posted speed limit did not apply the brakes before the train began going off …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017

Amtrak train derailed on new, faster route that drew concern

A community along the new rail line where an Amtrak train derailed in a deadly crash had tried to stop the project on grounds higher-speed passenger trains would endanger pedestrians …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017

Official: Probe looks at whether engineer was distracted

Investigators are looking into whether the Amtrak engineer whose speeding train plunged off an overpass, killing at least three people, was distracted by the presence of an employee-in-training in the …

Derailment shows vulnerability of I-5

Amtrak derailment underscores vulnerable nature of Interstate 5 as it connects Western Washington cities with other communities between the Canadian and Mexican borders.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017

Amtrak train was 50 mph over speed limit when it crashed near Olympia on inaugural run, killing at least 3

Three people were killed when an Amtrak train derailed between Tacoma and Olympia, spilling cars during the morning commute on busy Interstate 5.

North Carolina woman sues Amtrak, worker raped her on train

A North Carolina woman is suing Amtrak saying it failed to protect her from an employee who raped her in her sleeping car while the train passed through northeastern Montana …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017

NTSB: Amtrak’s lax safety culture led to crash that killed 2

A federal investigation into what caused a speeding Amtrak train to slam into a backhoe last year near Philadelphia, killing two maintenance workers, already has found evidence of a lax …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017

Amtrak train strikes car near Kelso; 2 killed

KELSO, Wash. – Officials say two people are dead after an Amtrak train struck a car in southwest Washington. BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas said it happened at a private railroad …