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Death Toll Rises in Amtrak Derailment

[Update: 12:40 p.m.] A seventh victim of the Amtrak derailment has died. A seventh person is dead in an Amtrak train derailment Tuesday night that injured dozens […]

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At Amtrak Derailment Site, Neighbors Acted As First Responders

Tiffany O’Neill, 27, stands among journalists laden with cameras and tripods across from a large empty lot on Frankford Avenue. She’s watching, at quite a […]


Philly Startup CEO Died in Train Crash

Updated (7:30 p.m.): The family of Rachel Jacobs released the following statement: “This is an unthinkable tragedy. Rachel was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, wife and […]


The Brief: America’s Infrastructure Problem

1. Amtrak Crash Sparks Debate Over Country’s Crumbling Infrastructure The gist: Last night, an Amtrak train en route to New York City derailed in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond neighborhood. […]

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Derailment Update: Investigation Begins; East Coast Travel Affected

[Update 7 a.m.] A press conference was held just now at Temple University Hospital; Dr. Herbert Cushing says a sixth person in the accident has […]

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At Least Five Deaths in Amtrak Derailment, Says Mayor

[UPDATE: 1:13 A.M.] Mayor Nutter has updated the injury toll: 65 people have been confirmed injured, 6 of whom are considered critical. The number of […]


Morning Headlines: What Will 30th Street Station Look Like in 2040?

We already know that our beloved 30th Street Station–yes, we’re still calling it that–is one of the busiest hubs in the nation. But what will […]

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DO THIS: Rarely Traveled Amtrak Route Offers Stunning Views of Pennsylvania Fall Foliage

Next month, take a relaxing railroad journey through the Pennsylvania countryside and view the changing of the seasons. Amtrak Autumn Express returns Saturday, November 8th […]

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(UPDATE) Train Service Still Suspended Between Philly and D.C.

[Update at 12:50 p.m.] Service is still suspended, and Amtrak says it can’t predict when trains will move again. From a press release: Amtrak Engineering […]

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Service Suspended After Amtrak Accident in Bucks County

A New York-bound Amtrak train struck and killed a pedestrian on the tracks Monday afternoon in Bucks County’s Bristol Township, temporarily halting train service in […]

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The One Big Problem With Bringing Amtrak to City Hall

“Ladies and gentlemen, the next station stop for this train is City Hall station in Philadelphia. Please check your seat and make sure you have […]

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Proposal: Bring Amtrak Trains to Center City

It’s the easiest thing in the world to board an Amtrak train in Philly and be in New York barely an hour later. Would it […]

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Bill to Rename 30th Street Station Passes the House

Congress cannot find a solution to the situation at the border, but it’s nice to know they can still agree on some things: On Monday, […]

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9 Golden Rules of Amtrak Etiquette

Darn! I missed National Train Day on May 10th. But in reality I have a lot of train days. That’s because I’ve been using Amtrak […]

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PHOTOS: First Look at Outdoor Installation Along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor

A while back we told you about “psychylustro,” a major project by Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse and Mural Arts that seeks to decorate Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor railway with enormous, […]