Spring 2009 stories include:
• Is the economy affecting passenger rail? – Funding for Blue Water and Pere Marquette runs into trouble while Amtrak ridership continues to rise.
• Stimulus Bill Passes – $9.3 billion to go toward intercity passenger rail.
• Apologizing and Testifying – Amtrak apologizes for December incident; MARP testifies for second Pere Marquette train.
• Causing Delays – City officials want Amtrak trains to stop traffic backups through downtown Jackson.
• Changes to Amtrak’s Board – Carper becomes Chairman; Stadtler appointed CFO.
• OneRail – Coalition forms to promote rail investment.
• Counting Down – Time nears for construction of Troy’s proposed transit center.
Amtrak vs. Winter: Round 2 – Equipment failures play role in delaying Amtrak trains this winter.
• Tracking Lincoln’s Route – Obama and Biden host Whistle Stop Tour to Washington for Inauguration.
• Norma’s Folly – Norma Ward honored for saving Durand Union Station.
• Regional Chair Found – Fischer named new East/Central Regional Chair.
• MARP Members at Work
• Notes from Membership Meetings
• Chairman’s Corner – The Stimulus: Pork or Progress?
• Midwest Cascade
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