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Amtrak's Secret Business

Amtrak operates (or has operated) commuter trains for several local/regional transportation authorities, but they don't publicize this at all. Find out more about this profitable operation in a time when Amtrak looses all kinds of money.

In March, 2006, we received a question from a reader
"What are the 8 commuter railroads operated by Amtrak?"

K.C. Jones answered: I only count 7

Amtrak was created to provide long-distance rail service.    

   It has (did) operated commuter service on a contract basis:

    Metrolink in Southern California

    MBTA in Boston

San Diego Coaster

Caltrain (San Francisco)

Seattle Commuter Rail (Sounder)

MARC (Maryland)

VRE (Virginia Railway Express)

   Many of its "State Corridor" projects (funded by individual states) are really commuter operations.

Their annual report for 2005 shows $119,354,000 income from "commuter", but they don't talk much about this elsewhere on their site.

Then we discovered (remembered) that Amtrak has operated Shore Line East under an agreement with the Connecticut DOT since the service started in 1990.

The Shore Line East starts at Union Station in New Haven and takes commuters to Old Saybrook. It operates four weekday trains that carry passengers between Stamford and Old Saybrook, but most Metro North commuters not taking the Shore Line trains must transfer at the New Haven station to go farther east.

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Metrolink in Southern California

Metrolink in Southern California
Metrolink is a regional rail system that serves the Southern California region, including commuter and other passenger services.

Metrolink was established in 1991 as the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA) and service began the following year. In 2003, it had an operating budget of $103.3 million. Since July 2005, Metrolink has been operated under contract by Connex Railroad, LLC. The contract extends for a period of five years and includes the provision of locomotive engineers and conductors. Prior to July 2005, Metrolink was operated under contract by Amtrak.

Metrolink's area of service includes lines to Ventura County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Orange County, and San Diego County. It connects to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Metro Rail lines at Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles, and to the San Diego Coaster at Oceanside. It also connects at various points to Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner, Coast Starlight, and Southwest Chief services. Metrolink riders can ride most buses in Los Angeles and Orange County, as well as the Metro Rail, for free with their valid ticket or pass, and monthly pass holders in Orange and Ventura Counties can use Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and Thruway Coach services through the Rail 2 Rail program.

As of early 2006, it served a total of 56 stations throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area, with its central hub at Los Angeles Union Station. The average weekday ridership for September 2005 was 40,078 boardings. Ridership has grown at 3-4% per year since opening; Orange County ridership grew 30% from 2002 to 2005.

The main Metrolink maintenance and storage facility is located on the east bank of the Los Angeles River in the vicinity of the Glendale Narrows, just south of Union Pacific's Taylor Yard. The system covers 511.6 miles (823.3 km) of track, some portions of which were purchased by Metrolink from freight railroads, while other sections are still owned by freight railroads. Both the publicly and privately owned routes share track with freight trains, and many sections are single track, limiting Metrolink's ability to expand service. Delays are particularly common on the Riverside Line, which uses Union Pacific's main transcontinental line--one of the most congested freight rail corridors in the United States. Construction projects to expand capacity have been gradually undertaken since Metrolink began operation. As of December 2003, Metrolink had 38 locomotives and 143 commuter cars.
Lines operated are:
91 Line (Union Station - Riverside-Downtown)
Antelope Valley Line (Union Station - Lancaster)
Inland Empire-Orange County (IEOC) Line (San Bernardino - San Juan Capistrano)
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Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
MBTA service includes four subway lines, thirteen commuter rail lines, five boat routes, and 170 bus routes servicing approximately 3,244 square miles. Service is provided to 175 cities and towns which comprise the MBTA's district in eastern Massachusetts with over 1.1 million riders each day.

The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR), a joint venture among Connex, Bombardier and Boston’s Alternate Concepts, Inc. (ACI), today signed a $1 billion 5-year contract with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to provide commuter rail services. This award followed a highly competitive bid process that began last spring.

August 2, 2002
After 15 stormy years operating and maintaining the MBTA's commuter rail system, Amtrak will not compete for another contract, officials said yesterday, arguing that new requirements would put the national railroad in jeopardy of violating federal laws, the Boston Globe reported.

The new five-year contract offered by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority would require the winning bidder to shoulder liability for passenger injury and equipment damage, as well as the cost of utilities, putting Amtrak "in real danger" of violating laws that prohibit the agency from subsidizing commuter services, Amtrak president David L. Gunn said in a letter to T officials.

Seattle Commuter Rail (Sounder)

Seattle Commuter Rail  (Sounder)
Sound Transit’s rush-hour trains operate Monday through Friday in the peak direction. There are four morning trips between Tacoma and Seattle northbound with stops in Sumner, Auburn, Puyallup, Kent, Tukwila, and at Seattle's King Street station. In addition, there are two morning trips between Everett, Edmonds and Seattle southbound. In the afternoon there are four trips from Seattle southbound to Tacoma serving all stations, and two trips northbound from Seattle to Edmonds and Everett. Train riders traveling between Everett and Seattle can also take advantage of the RailPlus Program by using their monthly pass on select Amtrak trips. Amenities on Sounder include worktables and computer plug-ins, fully accessible restrooms in each car and cup holders. Ride Sounder to the Seahawks, Mariners baseball, and more.
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In a surprise move, Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi changed his mind about running Line 2 up the Promenade des Anglais and instead went with a plan that provides an 8.6 kilometer "tram/metro" with 3.6 kilometers below ground. It will cost €'450,000,000 and carry 110,000 - 140,000 daily passengers. It will run between Gare de Riquier and new? Gare Multimodal Saint-Augustin.
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Lots of problems in mid-2006 in Boston with collapsing highway tunnels on the newly-completed "Big Dig".

Add to it a commuter rail system that is on its knees.

When the MBTA awarded the commuter rail contract to connex/bombardier in 2003 they said they'd provide far better service than Amtrak. Well they rigged the contract w/ penalties so Amtrak wouldnt bid it.

They also failed to mention that Connex (which now goes under the name Veolia) was stripped of its franchise agreement with British Rail one week before they got the MBTA contract. Why, do you ask? Financial malfeasance, poor service, fatalities,etc....

What do we have here w/these jokers running the service:
2.APPROX. 80-90 coaches oout of service
3.LOTS OF COACHES W/NO A.C. What a treat!.

The only people getting hurt by this contract are the riders and workers. Amtrak wasn't great but at least they had parts in stock to repair equipment. A couple of weeks ago engine 1055 had an hep-turbo fire in the Kingston facility...thank god no one was hurt....$50, 000 dollars for a new Cummins hep motor...

Hope Boston can survive these people 2 more years.

Key network figures:
The Boston area system had been Amtrak's most profitable regional rail network.
Fifth largest network in the United States after the three New York region networks (Long Island, Metro North and New Jersey) and the Chicago network.
146,000 passengers a day.
1,042 kilometers of lines.
89 trains
13 destinations
130 stations served
462 departures a day
1,600 employees

Connex, the majority partner in the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR) consortium, was selected by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to manage the commuter train network serving the Boston area for five years, beginning on July 1, 2003.

This is the first rail network managed by Connex in North America and the first in the United States to be outsourced to a private-sector company.

MBCR is the result of a partnership of three leaders in the transportation sector: Connex North America, Bombardier and Alternate Concepts, Inc.

MBCR is 60%-owned by Connex's American subsidiary, 20%-owned by the Canadian train manufacturer Bombardier and 20%-owned by the Boston-based transportation firm Alternate Concepts. MBCR stated it would be offering passengers innovative, professional and safe service based on its recognized experience in rail transportation.

The contract represents an opportunity for them to demonstrate their strengths and competitive advantages in rail network operation to MBTA, as well as to other cities in the United States. Their permanent objective is to satisfy both passengers and the employees.
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Victoria Station

Victoria Station was a restaurant, not a railroad station.

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Yankee Silversmith Inn / Restaurant has the "Silversmith Parlour Car", an old coach or dining car which serves as part of the dining room. Right on Rt 5 in Wallingford, off the Wilbur Cross Pkwy. The car at the Yankee Silversmith restaurant in Wallingford CT was originally a Philadelphia & Reading coach. It later was purchased by the Belfast & Moosehead Lake, and from there it came to Wallingford I think during the 1960s.

Pizzaworks in Old Saybrook is housed in the former Saybrook freight house (relocated slightly from a different track alignment years ago). They have trains running around and part of the old canopy/platform visible inside. Amtrak station is about 20 feet north of the restaurant and the platforms 20 feet south. Trains go flying by at nearly 100 mph.

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Caltrain (San Francisco)

Caltrain (San Francisco)
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Caltrain is a commuter rail line on the San Francisco Peninsula and the Santa Clara Valley. It is currently operated under contract by Amtrak and funded jointly by City and County of San Francisco, San Mateo County Transit District, and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority through Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board.

Caltrain's northern terminus is in eastern San Francisco, California, at 4th and King streets, and its southern terminus is in Gilroy, California. Hourly train service is provided year-round, with more frequent service provided during normal weekdays commute hours. As of 2005, Caltrain has 29 regular stops, one football-only stop (Stanford Stadium), and two weekend-only stops (Broadway and Atherton). Weekday ridership in February 2006 was 32,031 boardings.
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April, 2006. A bill gaining momentum in the New York State Assembly would allow Metro-North Railroad to expand its authority in Connecticut beyond the New Haven Line.

If the bill passes as expected, the Connecticut Department of Transportation could use Metro-North as an operator for the Shore Line East Railroad and future commuter lines, including one proposed for New Haven to Hartford, state officials said.

Sources with knowledge of the bill said it would better connect all the state's commuter railroads after new cars are delivered in 2009. DOT officials, who last week signed a contract extension with Shore Line East operator Amtrak through June 2007, said the New York bill doesn't guarantee anything about future ownership of rail in Connecticut.

Connecticut lawmakers pass-ed a similar bill last year, but Connecticut's authority is dependent on New York because Metro-North is owned by New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority,.

The bill is spurred by Amtrak's tenuous financial situation. The Bush administration has been threatening to cut federal subsidies to the national long-distance railroad.

In 1968, Connecticut and New York reached a deal allowing New York to operate a railroad between Grand Central Terminal and New Haven. Connecticut agreed to fund two-thirds of the rail line, which became the New Haven Line after Metro-North assumed authority in 1983.

Amtrak has operated Shore Line East under an agreement with the DOT since the service started in 1990. The two railroads have separate ticket windows and schedules, so a single operator would simplify things for commuters.

San Diego Coaster

San Diego Coaster
The San Diego Coast Express Rail, or Coaster, is a commuter rail service administered by the San Diego Northern Railway (SDNR), a subsidiary of the North County Transit District (NCTD) and operated by Amtrak. Beginning in July 2006, TransitAmerica, a subsidiary of Missouri-based Herzog Transit Services, is slated to begin a five-year, $45 million contract. The Coaster services the central and northern coastal region of San Diego County, California, with eight regular station stops in San Diego, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Oceanside.

MARC (Maryland Department of Transportation)

MTA Maryland MARC

Brunswick Line servicing Martinsburg, WV and Frederick, MD to Washington, DC.

Servicing: Union Station-Washington, DC; Silver Spring, Kensington, Garrett Park, Rockville, Washington Grove, Gaithersburg, Metropolitan Grove, Germantown, Boyds, Barnesville, Dickerson, Point Of Rocks, Brunswick, MD; Harpers Ferry, Duffields & Martinsburg, W.V. Additionally, a MARC Train extension services Monocacy & Frederick.
Brunswick Line servicing Martinsburg, WV and Frederick, MD to Washington, DC.

Camden Line servicing Downtown Baltimore to Washington, DC.

Servicing: Washington Union Station; Riverdale, College Park, Greenbelt, Muirkirk, Laurel, Laurel Racetrack, Savage, Jessup, Dorsey, Saint Denis & Baltimore Camden Station.
Camden Line servicing Downtown Baltimore to Washington, DC.

Penn Line servicing Perryville, MD to Baltimore to Washington, DC.

Servicing: Washington Union Station; New Carrollton, Seabrook, Bowie State, Odenton, BWI Rail Station, Halethorpe, West Baltimore, Baltimore/Penn Station Martin Airport, Edgewood, Aberdeen & Perryville.
Penn Line servicing Perryville, MD to Baltimore to Washington, DC.
MARC, prior to 1984 known as Maryland Rail Commuter Service, is a commuter rail system comprising three lines in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. MARC is administered by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), a Maryland Department of Transportation agency, and is operated under contract with CSX Transportation and the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). MARC  Railfan Site
VRE, VERY well managed, but a very small operation . If one engine dies they often don't have the means to replace it or run a substitute train they just call Amtrak and say "can 84 take our passengers" and amtrak 84 ends up making all local stops and carrying 800 additional pax FBG-WAS. VRE (Virginia Railway Express) VRE (Virginia Railway Express)
VRE (Virginia Railway Express)

The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is a commuter railroad service that connects the Northern Virginia area with Washington, DC.

The VRE operates on two lines, the Fredericksburg line, which starts from Fredericksburg, Virginia and the Manassas line, which starts from Manassas, Virginia, both lines end at Union Station in Washington, DC. Fredericksburg is considered the southernmost suburb of Washington (and the northernmost suburb of Richmond). It is a transportation partnership of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC).

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VRE proposes to switch service providers from Amtrak to Keolis (10/19/2009)

On Friday, Virginia Railway Express’ (VRE) operations board announced it’s recommending the agency award a five-year contract to Keolis Rail Services America to oversee commuter-rail operations and maintenance services.

The contract, which would include two five-year renewal options, covers train operations, locomotive and rail-car equipment maintenance and repair, yard operations and warehouse management. VRE’s existing operations/maintenance contract with Amtrak — which was issued when the agency began operations in 1992 — expires on June 30, 2010.

The contract with Keolis would be more cost-effective, said VRE Chairman Chris Zimmerman in a prepared statement.

“Keolis has a proven track record as a major European provider for public transportation authorities, safely operating over 5,000 trains daily and providing service to over 360 million passengers annually,” added VRE Chief Executive Officer Dale Zehner.

The Northern Virginia and Potomac and Rappahannock transportation commissions, which oversee VRE, will consider the contract at their Nov. 5 meetings. If the pact is approved, Keolis would assume operations on July 1, 2010. A transition period would exist from Dec. 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010, VRE said.

The change in operations is planned to take place on July 12th, 2010, after a two week extension in preparation time was granted to Keolis, as its employees were still undergoing processes to become qualified to run trains on the VRE.

Amtrak has been upset over loosing this contract; probably slowing up the transition; and cannot understand how a foreign company can do what they can do. Wake up Amtrak!
Lots of problems in mid-2006 in Boston with collapsing highway tunnels on the newly-completed "Big Dig".

Add to it a commuter rail system that is on its knees.

Read more about thses problems and the company that got the rail contract away from Amtrak.

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Shore Line East

Shore Line East Shore Line East

Shore Line East (SLE) is a commuter rail service operating in southern Connecticut.

A fully owned subsidiary of the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT), SLE provides weekday service along the Northeast Corridor from New London east to New Haven, with continuing service to Bridgeport and Stamford, and connecting service to New York, New York via the Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line. It operates along tracks owned by Amtrak (New London to New Haven) and Metro-North (New Haven to Stamford).

The section of the Northeast Corridor SLE operates on was once the New York-Boston mainline of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.

In recognition of the large role played by the New Haven in the history and heritage of the state of Connecticut, ConnDOT paints SLE's diesel-powered locomotives in the New Haven's colors and "NH" markings.

SLE was established as a temporary service to newly-reopened local stations between Union Station in New Haven and Old Saybrook, to alleviate traffic congestion that arose from scheduled construction work on the parallel Interstate 95. The restored service proved more popular than expected, and the service was made permanent, and extended one station east to New London. To attract more riders, some peak hour trains were extended to provide one seat rides via SLE to employment centers in Bridgeport and Stamford.

Station Improvements

New train stations in Branford and Clinton were opened to the public in the fall of 2005. Both stations include south-side platforms.

The Guilford station, which features a pedestrian bridge connecting the south-side platform to the north-side parking, opened to the public in November 2005.

New England Road of Clinton, CT has been selected as the lowest bidder to construct the new train station in the town of Madison. The $6 million construction project is expected to take approximately one year to complete.

Station upgrades is Westbrook are expected to begin design and construction in 2007.

The highlight of the I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing Corridor Improvement Program's transit improvements is the new State Street commuter rail station in downtown New Haven. Since opening on June 7, 2002, the station has become an increasingly attractive alternative to the automobile commute - daily Shore Line East ridership has increased from approximately 1200 to 1500 passengers since the station's opening.

State Street Station is a new facility for Shore Line East commuters traveling between Branford and New Haven's Union Station. The station is located on State Street, between Court and Chapel Streets, in New Haven. Only two blocks from the New Haven Green, the station is a convenient walk to many downtown businesses.

Limited New Haven Line (Metro North) trains provide service to State Street Station for enhanced access to downtown from areas west of the city.

This new commuter station was designed for pedestrians. While automobile parking is not available on site, a number of parking lots are located downtown within walking distance. Convenient bus and shuttle connections are available to take commuters to destinations in New Haven and throughout the region.

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