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November 10, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Amtrak's president was fired by the company's board of directors, who said David L. Gunn did not move the debt-laden rail service fast enough toward major changes. Congressional Democrats criticized Gunn's ouster and questioned whether the firing was legal, contending it was part of a Bush administration effort to kill national rail service.
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BUSINESS
April 18, 1995 | From Dow Jones News Service
After competing bitterly for years, Amtrak and Greyhound Lines Inc. are talking about ways to cooperate in their battles with the airlines for the traveler's dollar. Thomas Downs, Amtrak's chairman and president, and Craig Lentzsch, Greyhound's president and chief executive, have begun exploring ways to collaborate, such as consolidating terminals and booking tickets jointly. They plan to meet, for a second time, April 27 in Dallas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1989 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN
Outraged to learn that Amtrak is dumping raw sewage on tracks in his district, Rep. William E. Dannemeyer (R-Fullerton) said Wednesday that he will try to persuade Amtrak to install waste tanks on trains that do not have them. "I don't think anybody minded more than a hundred years ago when it mixed with the buffalo waste out there on the prairie, but in urbanized America we will not tolerate it," Dannemeyer said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 600 Amtrak passengers were bused between Fresno and Bakersfield after a four-locomotive freight train derailed in McFarland on Wednesday, closing a major Central Valley track. No injuries were reported in the accident about 30 miles north of Bakersfield, said Lena Kent, a spokeswoman for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. Fifteen flat cars from the Chicago-bound freight train derailed about 4:25 a.m., with a few catching fire, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1988
It didn't quite pack the historical wallop of the coming of the Mayflower. But Saturday's inaugural run of Amtrak's extended service of a train from San Diego to Santa Barbara was hailed by state politicians and transportation officials as an important step toward providing alternatives to commuters fed up with clogged freeways in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Official service of the San Diegan, which will operate on Southern Pacific railroad tracks, will start today.
NATIONAL
December 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An Amtrak train plowed into the back of a freight train and crushed one end of a boxcar under its wheels, injuring dozens of people, some seriously. Some passengers were hurled into the seats in front of them in the accident on Chicago's South Side, authorities said. One of the passengers, Coert Vanderhill, 60, of Holland, Mich., said the train was approach- ing the station at 15 to 20 mph when the engine "just ran right up the tail end" of the freight train. Vanderhill suffered a small cut.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1993 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Signals malfunctioned along 72 miles of track Thursday, temporarily halting all Amtrak trains and delaying commuters for up to two hours at stations from San Juan Capistrano to San Diego. Amtrak spokeswoman Stephanie Miller said the signals were out between Old Town in San Diego and east Irvine, starting at 5:35 a.m. The problem was fixed by 11:30 a.m.
NEWS
March 27, 1988
Amtrak has gotten approval to build a service building that will allow train service from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Approval by the Santa Barbara Planning Commission this week for a storage building needed to service the train will enable expanded service to begin by mid-May, said Amtrak spokesman Arthur Lloyd. The round trip run will be an extension of one of the eight trains that now make daily trips between Los Angeles and San Diego.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Amtrak is trying to gin up new business by offering $100 in free alcohol to customers on some overnight trains, including West Coast trips. The national passenger rail company is making the unusual offer to promote a new high-end service being offered on a trial basis for certain sleeper car trips. Members of Amtrak's guest rewards program -- the railroad equivalent of frequent fliers -- can get a $100-per-person credit for alcohol from November to January.
OPINION
May 3, 2002
Re "Last Chance for Amtrak," editorial, April 30: I do not understand how Amtrak "lost" $1.1 billion in 2001. Actually, Amtrak spent that amount, which was one-fifth of what was provided for highways and 15 times less than what was given to airlines. It was not enough to maintain and improve service because over the years Congress has refused to provide the funds and has the wrongheaded idea that Amtrak must be profitable. The U.S. is the only major country in the world expecting its nationwide railroad system to be profitable.
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