Why Every Writer in the U.S. Is Now Asking Amtrak for a Free Ride

It began when writer Alexander Chee made a simple, obvious statement in an interview with the literary organization PEN: Trains are great places to write. "I wish Amtrak had residencies for writers," he said. » 2/24/14 9:27am 2/24/14 9:27am

Amtrak Chose Not To Deluge Penn Station During Hurricane Sandy

While Hurricane Sandy raged over the New York metropolitan area, the underground infrastructure of the city began to flood. Now Amtrak is revealing that they could have let Penn Station flood instead of the Hudson River tunnels, using a long-forgotten barrier designed to protect the city during World War II. » 8/25/13 3:13pm 8/25/13 3:13pm

Hero Cops Escort Cellphone Loudmouth Off Train

People who carry on high-volume conversations on their cellphones in public places are the worst. THE. WORST. Which makes Lakeysha Beard the worst of the worst of the worst. For sixteen solid hours after she boarded an Amtrak train in Oakland, KATU.com reports, she yapped loudly into her goddamned phone. SIXTEEN HOURS. … » 5/18/11 5:20am 5/18/11 5:20am

Amtrak Finally Getting Free Wi-Fi, But Only on Acela

Take heart, business travelers of America! Soon you'll be able to add "slow and spotty internet connection" to your list of gripes with Amtrak's high(er) speed Acela line. While I'm sure Hulu will help numb the pain of rail commuting, be warned that it may only be free for a limited time. Also, be annoyed that JetBlue… » 1/12/10 10:43am 1/12/10 10:43am

Stuff We Didn't Post Today (and Why)

Esquire Sells the Space Beneath Downey's Iron Nuts...No Joy for TomTom's $120 iPhone Car Dock...Amtrak Gets "Free" Wi-Fi, But You Still Have to Pay for the Subsidy, Er Ticket...Voulez Vouz QOOQez Avec Moi? » 10/29/09 11:00pm 10/29/09 11:00pm

217MPH Japanese Train Will be Good For the Environment, Going 217MPH

Rail-happy Japan, a country that probably takes great joy in watching America's embarrassingly slow » 9/25/08 5:45am 9/25/08 5:45am and adoption of high-speed and maglev trains, will be graced with new breed of green, 200+ mph trains by 2010. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, the designer of these new trains, isn't promoting speed as the main selling…