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  • Reports show law firm's tie to railroads

    According to reports by the Department of Transportation and the Amtrack inspector general, it turns out that Congress was found to have mismanaged $100 million legal fees. This can be seen in how Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips benefited after a frim partner went to work in Amtrack's legal department.
  • Amtrak security

    This WPTV investigation shows security lapses at Amtrak. Passengers are allowed to board trains without showing identification. Unidentified luggage is brought aboard. General Accountability Office records added depth to the story while the undercover news team observed lapses first-hand.
  • CSX Investigation

    WESH-TV looked into the Amtrak Autotrain derailment, which occurred last April in Central Florida and killed four people and injured hundreds of passengers. Crash investigators believe the cause of the accident was a buckle in the tracks and the WESH-TV investigation "uncovered the tracks had problems before the crash that could cause them to buckle." It was also discovered that "CSX, which owns and maintains the tracks, had problems with its track in other states as well. One of the leading railroad engineering experts in the country also told us the tracks safety standards are inadequate and lead to derailments such as this one."
  • Amtrak Pays Millions for Others' Fatal Errors

    The New York Times found that, in 2002, after an Amtrak train jumped the tracks and killed four people in Crescent City, FL, Amtrak paid millions of dollars in compensation, even though it was their freight railroad company, CSX's, fault. The New York Times found that this happened a lot when there were train wrecks and that, though, the wrecks were caused by poor track maintenance by CSX, Amtrak paid every time. Amtrak pays the liability claims as compensation for using the freight lines' tracks, and leaves CSX and other freight railroad companies virtually free of responsibility. This leads to a lack of incentive by the companies to keep their tracks safe and secure.
  • Amtrak: The Price of Safety; Staying on Track: Ridership steady on ailing Amtrak

    This two-part series investigates the impact the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks had on Amtrak, the national passenger rail service.
  • Slower than a speeding bullet

    Washington Monthly investigates how Amtrak, the U.S. national rail agency, has failed to keep its promise to start a "bullet train." The story looks at the technological characteristics of Acela Express, a new train marketed as high-speed transportation device. The article reveals that Acela hit its top speed of 150 miles only once, while "the rest of the time it floats along relatively prosaically under 100 miles an hour, something steam trains accomplished a century ago." The report compares rail business in America and other developed countries, and finds that the U.S.A. is many decades behind Europe and Japan. The story points out that Acela's fares are close to those of the airlines, and examines the financial troubles of Amtrak in recent years.
  • The Super Engine that Crawled

    Daniel Machalaba takes a ride aboard the Acela Express, the nation's first high speed train that runs from Washington, D.C. to Boston. The train is designed to operate as fast as 150 mphs, however Machalabla learns that the train reaches that speed for only 18 miles of the 452 mile route. The rest of the way, it crawls along, sometimes going as slow as 15 mph. Why? Machalaba explains that the Acela Express runs on tracks that were laid more than 100 years ago. Machalaba explains why high-speed trains are more popular -- and successful -- in nations like France and Japan.
  • Some Airlines Mishandle Food, Sewage Disposal

    "Some of the country's biggest airlines and in-flight caterers have violated federal health regulations of food storage and sewage handling, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration records. So far this year, the agency has sent six 'warning letters' about violations to carriers including Northwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, AMR Corp.'s American Airlines and Continental Airlines - twice the number send during the same period in 1997." Trains and buses are also discussed.
  • Re-Engineering: Amtrak Boss Struggles to Get Train Service on Track in the U.S.

    The Journal takes a look at the continuous struggle faced by Amtrak to compete with increased airline traffic and highway travel. New Amtrak president and chief executive George Warrington has large plans for the renovation and revitalization of Amtrak such as faster trains, better customer service, and remodeled stations. But because of past financial problems, Congress has said that Amtrak must operate without federal operating subsidies by 2003 "or face restructuring or liquidation." Unfortunately for Amtrak, in 2000 federal subsidies were close to $184 million. Machalaba finds out how Amtrak is collaborating with Continental Airlines and the U.S. Conference of Mayors to build support for a new passenger rail system in the U.S., one that George Warrington believes can be as commercially viable as the rail system that runs through Europe.
  • The Little Engine that Couldn't

    Pearson examines Amtrak and questions if it could "finally become a viable alternative to flying in the Northeast."