Amtrak suspending service between Boston, NYC on Tuesday

Penney Vanderbilt and KC Jones: All About Railroads

Amtrak is temporarily suspending its service between Boston and New York City on Tuesday. The northeast corridor service will not run until at least 11 a.m.

Amtrak said service would return depending on the weather.

Modified service for Tuesday, March 13 not operating between New York City and Boston, Mass., includes:

Northeast Regional Service: 66, 67, 93, 95, 141,171, 190, 170, 172, 148

Acela Express Service: 2150, 2154, 2158, 2160, 2151, 2153, 2155, 2159, 2163

Modified service for Tuesday, March 13 not operating between Albany, N.Y. and Boston, Mass., includes:

Lake Shore Limited Service: 448 and 449

Canceled service for Tuesday, March 13, includes:

Acela Express Service: 2190

Amtrak Downeaster Service: 686, 687, 688, 689

Amtrak Keystone Service (New York – Philadelphia – Harrisburg), Amtrak Empire Service (New York to Albany-Rensselaer – Niagara Falls) and Amtrak Shuttle Service (New Haven, Conn., and Springfield, Mass.,) will continue to operate as…

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Take the Slow Train

Fika Online

Inlandsbanan-1140x500Travel from the heart of Sweden up to the Arctic Circle, with stops for bears, berries and wild swimming. Ben Love takes the trip.


Ben Love

It’s a hot day and our train, which is clattering along a bumpy line beside the lakes and rivers of Sweden, suddenly judders to a halt. Is there a points failure, a problem on the track or an overheated engine? No, it seems it’s the train driver who needs to cool off — he strips to his swimming costume and invites us to join him for a dip in the lake’s pellucid waters.

It’s not what you’d expect on a normal train trip, but then the Inlandsbanan, or Inland Line, which runs once a day from the forests of Dalarna in central Sweden to the arctic tundra, is far from ordinary. The slow train is so chilled as it trundles along that it stops…

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Evidence From Boston That Uber Is Making Traffic Worse

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streetsblog

Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are exacerbating rush-hour traffic jams in Boston, according to new research by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. The results should be a wake-up call about the need to improve bus and train service and prevent further shifts to car travel.

MAPC surveyed 944 ride-hailing passengers in greater Boston about their travel habits, using questionnaires administered via tablets during ride-hailing trips. More than two out of every five — 42 percent — said they would have taken transit if the ride-hailing service were not available. Another 12 percent said they would have walked or biked.

Combining those results with time-of-day data, MAPC estimates that 15 percent of ride-hailing trips are substituting for more spatially efficient modes of travel during the morning or evening peak (defined as 6-10 a.m. and 3-7 p.m.).

In addition, most of the trips either began or terminated in the center of the…

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Amtrak Downeaster may expand for the summer

The Amtrak Downeaster, which currently runs from Boston to Brunswick, could go as far north as Rockland this summer if the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) approves a pilot program in March. NNERPA wants to ensure that Maine communities will be active Amtrak partners before it finalizes the service, the Maine Free Press reported last week.

The program would include additional stops in Bath, Wiscasset, Newcastle and Rockland. NNEPRA is currently holding forums in each of these towns. The Downeaster would use existing railroads that primarily carry freight trains.

The summer expansion would mainly target tourists coming up from Boston. Maine Eastern Railroad previously ran a summer service between Brunswick and Rockland but ended it in 2015, according to U.S. News.

Why only robots can save the MTA now

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NY Post

On Friday, the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced the winners of its “genius challenge” — and some of the ideas aren’t bad. But if the MTA does adopt any of these concepts, the light-bulb thinkers chosen will run into a still-not-too-bright reality. Even on small, easy projects, the MTA is behind on getting them done on time and on budget.

Nearly a year ago, as New York was mired in a spring of hell that turned into a summer of hell that turned into a winter of hell, the MTA invited anyone from around the world to vie for up to $1 million in prizes for fresh ideas in signaling, subway cars and communication.

And it turns out not to have been a waste of time. The folks who shared awards last week suggested everything from a cheaper way to outfit trains with modern signaling equipment to subway…

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General Electric Company (GE) Exploring Possible Sale Of Electrical Engineering Division

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StockNews

There have been plenty of rumblings that the conglomerate is open to spinning off assets to right the ship.

As General Electric Company’s (NYSE:GEstock price continues to lag in the midst of a boom time for the market as a whole, there has been plenty of speculation that the conglomerate is examining the possibility of breaking the band up to improve performance. A new report has emerged that suggests a sale of one major unit could happen before too long.

Reuters has the details on a potential deal that GE is exploring.

General Electric Co (GE.N) is exploring a sale of the electrical engineering business which it acquired for $3.2 billion in 2011, as the U.S. industrial conglomerate continues to shed unwanted assets, according to four people familiar with the matter.

John Flannery, who took over as GE’s chief executive last summer, indicated to analysts and investors…

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$2.5 million poured into research for Hyper-loop

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A pod will take 20 to 40 people through a tube with less air to reduce friction, traveling at speeds of up to 750 miles per hour.

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is launching a Rapid-Speed Transportation Initiative (RSTI) to explore intercity routes that could utilize two rapid-speed transportation technology options – traditional passenger rail and/or Hyperloop technology — between Chicago, Columbus, and Pittsburgh.

Two studies will be conducted to find out if it is feasible to continue with the idea of providing Hyperloop-rapid transit system. One part of the study will focus on feasibility and the other on environmental factors.

The new technology by Hyperloop One will be the fifth major mode of transportation if it’s successful.

A pod will take 20 to 40 people through a tube with less air to reduce friction, traveling at speeds of up to 750 miles per hour. The pod lifts…

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