Amtrak Is Now Officially Taking Applications For Its Writers’ Residency Program

Amtrak Is Now Officially Taking Applications For Its Writers’ Residency Program

What a difference a few weeks and a bunch of writers who want a free roundtrip train ride can make: After Amtrak’s initial writers’ residency stirred up interest at the end of February, Amtrak has officially unveiled its program and is now accepting applications. [More]

Amtrak Giving Free Roundtrip Rides To Writers Because Everyone Loves Writing On Trains

Amtrak Giving Free Roundtrip Rides To Writers Because Everyone Loves Writing On Trains

There is perhaps no other idea so entrancing to the writerly-mind than setting out to write during a cross-country trip. And there’s no smoother way to write about the amber waves of grain rolling endlessly past than on a train, says anyone who has written on both a train and in a car. So it’s not surprising that Amtrak’s plan to give free, roundtrip rides to writers (riders and writers!) is turning out to be a popular idea. [More]

Snow Traps 500 Amtrak Passengers On Trains Overnight — So How Were The Toilets?

Snow Traps 500 Amtrak Passengers On Trains Overnight — So How Were The Toilets?

As you’re snuggled up to your cubicle space heater and dreading that icy walk home, sure, you’re allowed to feel the cold and be grumpy about it. But imagine being stuck on an Amtrak train for hours, overnight, huddled in your coat and hungry, with flooded bathrooms and nonworking toilets. Those are some of the conditions passengers stranded on three trains in Illinois said they faced before their rescue this morning. [More]

Amtrak Train Headed For NYC Ends Up In Philly Suburbs Because Aren’t Surprises Fun?

Amtrak Train Headed For NYC Ends Up In Philly Suburbs Because Aren’t Surprises Fun?

Passengers aboard an Amtrak train that departed Harrisburg, Pa. were probably looking forward to taking in the sights of New York City, considering that’s where everyone on the locomotive thought they were going (do they still call them locomotives or did my grandfather just take over my brain?). But never mind the Empire State Building, aren’t the Philadelphia suburbs charming? [More]

Report: 95% Of Amtrak Stations Have “Major Barriers” For Disabled

Report: 95% Of Amtrak Stations Have “Major Barriers” For Disabled

More than two decades after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a new survey of Amtrak stations around the country claims that the overwhelming majority of them still fall far short of being accessible for passengers with special needs and that some are still completely inaccessible to consumers who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices. [More]

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Traveler Stuck On Amtrak Train For 14 Hours Claims Toilets Stopped Working

If we’ve learned anything from the Carnival Poop Cruise earlier this year, it’s to bring an electrical generator wherever — or however — we travel. That’s probably impractical, but as passengers on an Amtrak train stuck for 14 hours outside of Richmond, Va. learned, when the electricity is spotty, having a working potty is a luxury. [More]

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File Under “T” For “Troubling”: Amtrak Workers Are Failing Drug Tests More Often

You know how it’s really important to trust the people in charge of operating heavey machinery/vehicles that you’re riding in? Well that trust might be a little tiny bit shaken when you hear that Amtrak workers — conductors, mechanics and engineers and the like — have been failing drug and alcohol tests more frequently in the last six years. And it seems not much is being done about it, says a new report. [More]