Gathering Team Member
- Aug 24, 2003
As part of the wheeling and dealing for getting approval for acquiring Pan Am Railway (erstwhile Guiford), CSX has struck a new deal with Amtrak with some very attractive elements. The following two articles describe the new lay of the land resulting from the agreement:
WASHINGTON – CSX Transportation has reached an 11th hour agreement with Amtrak regarding passenger service in New England in advance of today’s scheduled public hearing on CSX’s proposed acquisition of Pan Am Railways. Amtrak on Jan. 3 said it would oppose the CSX-Pan Am deal unless the Surface...
Among the conditions CSX agreed to:
- Cooperate with proposed expansion of passenger service between Albany, N.Y., and Boston via CSX’s Boston & Albany main line from the Albany area to Worcester, Mass.
- Work with Amtrak and the Northern New England Passenger Authority to expand and improve Downeaster service linking Maine and Boston, including the addition of positive train control on trackage in New Hampshire and Maine.
- Host seasonal Berkshire Flyer trains between Albany and Pittsfield, Mass., this year as special trains, pending construction of a 1,000-foot station track in Pittsfield.
- Give Amtrak trains priority over freight traffic.
- Ensure that Norfolk Southern intermodal and automotive trains, which are shifting from Pan Am Southern to new trackage rights over CSX’s B&A, do not interfere with current or proposed Amtrak service between Albany and Worcester.
The railroad that owns tracks on the proposed Berkshire Flyer route has agreed to allow Amtrak to operate New York City-to-Pittsfield passenger service this summer.
State Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, called the recent discussions between CSX and Amtrak “encouraging” and cited those talks as a reason that he supports the deal.
“As discussed in a call last Friday between CSX, Amtrak and Senator Hinds of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, CSX agrees to the operation of the Berkshire Flyer from Memorial Day to Columbus Day 2022 on the schedule that was provided to CSX,” CSX President and CEO James Foote said in a letter attached in the filing.