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    Midwest Rail Plan final Report

    Nothing happened for too many months in Ohio concerning the long awaited Amtrak expansion, as the government was too shy to comment on it. But recently, I saw numerous articles saying governor Mike DeWine is open towards expansion and wants a feasibility study to predict the costs of passenger...
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    Greetings from Ohio!

    Hi, welcome here in our forum! What a coincidence, I'm 100% from your country of origin - Switzerland. I'm a person who loves riding trains and I would like to visit the US one day. I'm unhappy the US haven't moved forward to expand passenger railway, compared to most other developed countries...
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    Michigan City, Indiana station closing 4/4/2022

    I'm also not happy to hear that. The Midwest needs more Amtrak stations, not less. The Midwest needs more trains, not less. I really hope for improvements in the Midwest, but I don't see any of them yet. You could have walked from the Amtrak station in Michigan City to the South Shore station...
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    Resumption of Amtrak service to Canada (2022)

    Yes, you are right with my double negative, I fixed it. Thank you. I don't think it's surprising, but it just shows that the political weight of passenger railway isn't like it should be and isn't like in most civilized countries all over the world. Passenger rail is still too often treated...
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    Resumption of Amtrak service to Canada (2022)

    Quotes from users like Amtrak25 are somewhat alarming for me. It should be no question if every single border-crossing rail service should return, but just when. It should happen as soon as possible. Europe did never completely stop running trains across borders. They were just temporarily...
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    Ethan Allen review

    Finally we have news about the extension. I checked the News every week, and now finally we have an idea. Is July really confirmed? Why can't they start right now, what needs to be done? After 2021, were as far as I know no single mile of new passenger rail line was opened (neither commuter...
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    Royal Canadian Pacific

    I'm not sure about your question, but I read the Royal Canadian Pacific was forced to cancel trips due to the Corona virus and I don't know when they come back and at which frequency. I don't know if you want to visit British Columbia, but if you want to, I read about another railway line in...
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    Lawmakers want Amtrak line from Atlanta to Nashville

    I absolutely agree with you. The video was a positive surprise as state cooperation is considered in rail projects, even among Republicans. Not being an insider, I have somewhat the impression some states lack cooperation if a railway project crosses borders. "We like to benefit, but we don't...
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    Planning southwest trip

    Perhaps not perfectly on topic, but... I have a question: Why isn't it possible to coordinate Amtrak and the Grand Canyon Railway that Amtrak goes straight to the Williams depot and then back to the main line? It's not a detour which would take much time nor aren't tracks available. The Amtrak...
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    New member Rachel in Tennessee

    Welcome! Have fun and interesting conversations in this forum. As some already mentioned, you could catch a train in Nashville in the future, what we all hope. A line from Atlanta to Chattanooga and further to Nashville is under consideration. If you would like to ride a train now, you could...
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    Would a 4th daily Wolverine train be feasible?

    All those news and efforts are quite encouraging to me :) Almost every other day there are news and propositions about expansion plans and more and more communities, citizens and politicians becoming interested in it. There is new hope everywhere and that makes me hopeful for the future also.
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    $66 billion for Amtrak

    Thank you for clarification. According to this report (looking at the symbols in the categories public operating funding per new passenger/New passengers/infrastructure for full buildout), the following routes would have the best chances for improvement: - California: Los Angeles - Pomona -...
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    Midwest Rail Plan final Report

    The Peoria city council said they were impressed how many people would use a train from Peoria to the Chicago area. They said it was necessary to do such a survey to confirm a true demand. Now they plan to go further with it. They praised the fact city councils in Morris, Ottawa and LaSalle also...
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    $66 billion for Amtrak

    I have a question because of an interpretation problem: Most you possibly know the Amtrak 2035 plan. In their details about potential expansion (eg page 53), they distinguish between public operating funding per new passenger, the potential number of new passengers and infrastructure cost per...
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    Resumption of Amtrak service to Canada (2022)

    Wow the Canadian goverment is very generous :rolleyes:. In Europe, border-crossing trains are back to normal for a relatively long time. They have been restored mostly in mid-summer 2020. In contrast, the Canadian government waits two more years to re-establish them, or even more. Does this...
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    Midwest Rail Plan final Report

    Indeed for me it also came out of nowhere. I always thought states and Amtrak primarily work on their 2035 expansion plan at best. And the Peoria line wasn't in it. Possibly it wasn't even in the Illinois state plans as John Bredin mentioned. But it would be a very positive surprise. In another...
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    Midwest Rail Plan final Report

    Nothing really new was in the article. The only thing which stood out was the timeline states should reach Amtrak regarding their 2035 proposals: summer 2022. Unfortunately nothing concrete apart from this. The Ohio officials seem to be undecided. They shouldn't wait, they waited long enough to...
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    Midwest Rail Plan final Report

    An interesting article about expanding passenger railway in Ohio. https://eu.dispatch.com/story/business/transportation/2022/01/28/ohio-amtrak-line-expansion-get-state-support-time/9214525002/ A timeline is set for summer 2022 to signal Amtrak their interest for expanding. Nothing happened yet...
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    Amtrak goes straight to STB to restore Gulf Coast service.

    I regularely look at Google News if there are any news about developments concerning expansion. I didn't find anything recently. But this sounds encouraging. Compared to other future Amtrak routes, we seem to have come quite far :) Is Amtrak able to move forward faster in that matter because...
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    Booking Amtrak tickets from abroad

    Thank you for your information. I was looking for that. I wonder if that country phone prefix works. Arrangements with RAIL PASS I haven't looked at, at the moment. But I will consider it when I plan my trip to the US. Thank you PeeweeTM and Niemi for your information also! Generally, when...
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