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New Amtrak ALC-42 Siemens Charger Locomotives

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Transitional paint scheme on the first ALC-42 Siemens ChargersWASHINGTON – Amtrak today released renderings and other information about the first of the diesel-electric locomotives that will replace the current fleet on the National Network, including all long distance and many state-sponsored routes.
Five of the first six locomotives will have...

Sen Steve Daines of Montana heads support to save long-distance Amtrak trains!

Friday, June 19, 2020

Senator Steve Daines of Montana

The Rail Passenger Association and Senator Steve Daines of Montana have been working together on a project to protect the long-distance Amtrak trains. They have developed the following letter and are asking other senators to support the effort. Please contact your senator to seek their support. If this reduction...

BRAIN Train Act Introduced by Senator Markley

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Senator Edward Markey

The BRAIN TRAIN Act will specifically:
Authorize the Department of Transportation (DOT) to implement a competitive grant program and award up to $5 billion annually to fund high-performance rail projects.
Instruct the DOT to evaluate applications for funding based on criteria such as:The levels of estimated...

Oklahoma House Resolution in Support of the Heartland Flyer Extension Passes!

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Rep Ken LuttrellResolution Supporting Passenger Rail Extension Adopted by HouseThe signed version on the resolution can be found here.
5/14/2020 10:34:00 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY – A resolution supporting the extension of passenger rail service from Oklahoma City to Newton, KS, was adopted unanimously by the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Kansas Resolution in Support of the Heartland Flyer Extension

Sunday, March 8, 2020

By Senator McGinn
A RESOLUTION supporting the extension of Amtrak passenger rail service between Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Newton, Kansas.
     WHEREAS, Numerous studies conducted by universities in Texas and Kansas have determined the economic benefit of Amtrak's Heartland Flyer passenger...

Save the Southwest Chief OP-ED

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Replying to: “Amtrak’s Southwest Chief is in Jeopardy”
Here’s the problem with the Southwest Chief~
Amtrak has asked Congress to untie its hands and allow it to cut unprofitable routes. TheSouthwest Chief, according to Amtrak’s flawed accounting system, like nearly all other longdistance routes are unprofitable. But this is simply incorrect....

Letter to Governor Kelly

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Governor Kelly
Dear Governor Laura Kelly                                                                                                                                               October 7, 2019
Kansas State Capitol120 West 10th StreetTopeka, KS 66612
Dear Governor Kelly
Please direct the Kansas Department of Transportation...

Tell ODOT to Spend $2.8 Million Fine to expand the Heartland Flyer to Kansas

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Tell ODOT to Spend the $2.8 Million on the Hearland Flyer Expansion

The Stillwater Central Railroad, which is a Watco company, was committed to pilot a passenger rail service between Oklahoma City and Tulsa as part of the agreement to buy the Sooner Sub track that runs from Midwest City to Supalpa. Under terms of that agreement they had...

What if America took its train system seriously?

Thursday, September 12, 2019

This article was originally published by Crosscut and is republished here by permission.
 I don’t often get out of Seattle, but this summer I rode the train to the Twin Cities and back. I wish I could say it was a principled choice to curtail my carbon footprint, but it wasn’t. Air fares were pricey, Amtrak came to mind, and the more I pondered...

Meeting with Kansas Secretary of Transportation - Julie Lorenz

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Kansas Secretary of Transportation
Julie Lorenz

Arriving early, Mark Corriston and I found ourselves arranging the seating in the sunny overflow space of Scooter’s in Lenexa last Thursday, August 8. We wanted Sec Lorenz and her Deputy Secretary to feel comfortable and relaxed – empowered, essentially to speak openly and honestly with...

KDOT Local Consult Meetings 2019

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Local KDOT Consult Meeting Dates.....Be sure to find your date, location and bring friends who support passenger rail!
Monday, August 19, 20191:30- 4:30 pmNorthcentral Region—SalinaKansas Highway Patrol Academy2025 East IronSalina, KS 67401
Tuesday, August 20, 2019Southcentral Region—Hutchinson9:00 am – 12:00 pmAtrium Hotel & Conference...

Passenger Rail Moving Forward in Kansas

Monday, July 1, 2019

Contact Deborah Fischer StoutPhone 913-827-8380

Topeka, KS July 1, 2019– Passenger rail, once the scourge of Kansas government, is now a bi-partisan“thing” thanks to a decades-long...

Ten Years Since Resolution #0957

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Ten years after the Northern Flyer Alliance got Resolution 0957 passed through the KS House, it looks like 2019 is shaping up to be the year for funding the Heartland Flyer Extension. At least in the Kansas Legislature. The arc of justice is long. 
The NFA Board met in Topeka on Nov 19, 2018 to discuss strategy and action steps for the 2019 KS...

Maintenance is Important

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Tools for a Smoother Ride: Managing Rail Assets and Leveraging Competition
By Malcolm Kenton
Reprinted with permission
Public transit maintenance is not often headline news. Yet with high profile closures and disruptions to rail systems in major metropolitan areas like New York, Baltimore, and Washington, the condition of this infrastructure...

Track to the Future

Friday, March 2, 2018

Track to the Future
Written by Deborah Fischer Stout
The Northern Flyer Alliance, Inc. is an advocate for the reintroduction of passenger rail service from Kansas City, Missouri through Wichita, Kansas to Fort Worth, Texas. NFA is a coalition of 49 cities, six counties, and 19 Chambers of Commerce along the I-35 corridor that have joined...

How the Heartland Flyer Connects to the USA

Monday, September 18, 2017

How the Heartland Flyer Connects to the USA
Written by Gary Lanman
Stillwater - About a year ago Amtrak instituted a bus link to connect the Southwest Chief train in Newton, Kansas with Wichita and Oklahoma City.  This service was started to improve the ridership of both the Southwest Chief and the Heartland Flyer and also to prove that...

New Charger Locomotives for the Midwest

Monday, September 11, 2017

Posted by Gary Lanman
Siemens Charger Units Unveiled with Amtrak Midwest Logo
CHICAGO – New locomotives are now serving Amtrak customers in Illinois and Wisconsin, with the U.S.-built, Midwest-powered, Amtrak-maintained units slated to operate on state-sponsored services in the region. These Siemens Charger locomotives will please customers...

China opened 1400 mile bullet train in 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Posted by Gary Lanman
The world’s longest bullet train is now (2017) open for business in China to take passengers from Shanghai to Kunming.  That is covering 5 provinces which is over 1400 miles in 10.5 hours.  There goes the argument that we can’t build high-speed trains in the us because of the long distances compared to Europe.  The distance...

Heartland Flyer to Ft Worth

Monday, December 12, 2016

Written by Gary Lanman
On Friday, December 9, 2016, my wife, Pam, and friends Joann and Lonnie took the Heartland Flyer to Ft Worth, Texas to get our train riding on and to visit Cowtown.  We had to get up really early because it is over 60 miles to the station in Oklahoma City.  They got to our house early, so we made it to the station early....

Oklahoma's Lack of Budget Planning puts the Heartland Flyer in Jeopardy

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Posted by Gary Lanman
Though they have no trouble wasting money elsewhere and handing out subsidies to cronies in the energy industry, Oklahoma lawmakers share a zeal to get rid of passenger rail service once and for all.
With the state's budget foundering, all subsidies should be scrutinized. But since the Heartland Flyer started operation...

Amtrak Sets Records!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Posted by Gary Lanman
It was a strong year for Amtrak, as the nation's passenger railroad set records for ticket revenue and number of riders, while posting its lowest operating loss in more than 40 years.
Amtrak said Thursday that its ticket revenue for fiscal 2016, which ended Sept. 30, reached $2.14 billion, up $12 million over fiscal...