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Amtrak is bringing back nostalgia-inducing traditional dining with white tablecloth service and china

Touring Amtrak's newly-upgraded Superliner train. Thomas Pallini/Insider Traditional dining is back on Amtrak as of June 23 on six long-distance routes. Sleeper car customers traveling west of Chicago will have white tablecloth service with a new selection of elegant meals. It's part of Amtrak's $28 million plan to upgrade its Superliner and Viewliner fleet of train cars. See more stories on Insider's business page. Rail riders may soon be packing dinner jackets for their travels as traditional dining is back on Amtrak. A scene from the movie "Strangers on a Train." Warner Bros./Archive Photos/Getty Starting June 23, six long-distance routes including the California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, and Texas Eagle will of...
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An 1870s-era rail tunnel used by Amtrak could be a possible beneficiary of federal infrastructure funding

Amtrak and the state of Maryland last week came to an agreement on a $4 billion plan to replace the deteriorating Baltimore & Potomac (B&P) Tunnel in Baltimore, a key bottleneck along Amtrak's heavily trafficked Northeast Corridor, according to The Washington Post.The replacement tunnel is slated to be built in the next decade, with the tunnel having the ability to transport electric-powered trains.For years, the current tunnel has transported Amtrak, Maryland's MARC commuter trains, and commercial rail traffic through the state's largest city.But trains slow down to 30 miles per hour along the 148-year-old two-track tunnel, which often creates delays throughout the rail corridor.A replacement tunnel, roughly half a mile north of the existing tubes, would allow trains to move up to 100 ...
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Amtrak may not see the full $80 billion Biden suggested, but planned infrastructure laws may finally help it beat out freight trains

Biden's revised $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan doesn't give Amtrak the $80 billion it was initially promised. Passenger and freight rail will only get a combined $66 billion if the compromise proposal passes. Amtrak may, however, get to take freight rail companies to court over disputes that have been causing lengthy delays. LoadingSomething is loading. ...