| Apr 10, 2014
| 3:58 PM
Long-sought plans to restore passenger rail service next year between Chicago and Rockford got a boost Thursday with the announcement of a new route.
Service between the two cities stopped in 1981.
The new Amtrak service will begin in late 2015 with...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 1:14 PM
Mechanical problems on a northbound Acela Express out of Washington forced nearly 160 passengers to transfer trains north of Baltimore on Wednesday afternoon, according to Amtrak officials.
The No. 1266 express train was a few miles south of the...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 1:29 PM
An Amtrak train tore down overhead catenary power lines in an accident near Bowie on Thursday morning, disrupting rail traffic in the area and the commutes of many MARC and Amtrak riders, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.
Craig Schulz, an...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 10:03 AM
Ben Blake envisions a future where academics from New York and Boston will catch Amtrak trains to Baltimore's Penn Station with the singular purpose of becoming immersed in one of the country's most compelling archives on the gay rights movement.
| Mar 17, 2014
| 8:54 PM
He was a 20-year-old community college student, a single father to an infant daughter and a failed National Guardsman living in a trailer park outside Lodi, Calif.
Online, Nicholas Teausant took on a different persona, authorities allege. On Instagram,...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 10:01 AM
By the time the badly-damaged body of George Thomas McAleer was found near Amtrak train tracks in Rosedale, he'd likely been dead for more than eight hours.
McAleer, 26, of the 1100 block of Quantril Way in the Armistead Gardens neighborhood of...
| Mar 21, 2014
| 3:35 PM
This rocky landmark in Chatsworth is a worldwide draw for climbing enthusiasts. But it's also a great place to take a walk while watching the climbers practice their art on small rocks at the base and sheer cliffs near the peak.
Begin a counterclockwise...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 7:32 PM
Amtrak trains operating in Chicago and across the Midwest have slogged through numerous delays and cancellations this winter, a problem fueled not only by unusually heavy snow and frigid temperatures but also, oddly, the unintended consequences of rolling...
| Mar 9, 2014
| 7:35 PM
Commuters were rushing by. An update blared on a loudspeaker. An agitated young woman shouted a name again and again.
At 5:30 p.m. on a weekday, in Union Station's main concourse, strangers arranged themselves shoulder to shoulder in a circle.
| Mar 12, 2014
| 6:27 AM
As of 9:20 a.m., a three-vehicle wreck has closed one of four southbound lanes on I-95 in Baltimore County near the Baltimore Beltway exit (Exit 64), state transportation officials report. The southbound shoulder is also closed.
The Maryland Transit...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Ask and ye shall receive. At least when it comes to authors and Amtrak.
Amtrak has launched a still-unstructured writers residency program thanks to an offhanded remark by Alexander Chee and some impassioned pleas on Twitter.
In a PEN Ten interview...