Amtrak reroutes Texas Eagle as Senate confirms board members

December 23, 2015

Written by  William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief, Railway Age Magazine

 

Amtrak announced on Dec. 17, 2015 that its Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle (Trains 21 and 22) is operating on a new route between Fort Worth and Dallas, and that the U.S. Senate confirmed Tony Coscia and Derek Kan as Amtrak board of directors members.Website Insert Development Finance and Management copy

Following negotiations, the Texas Eagle is now operating over a route shared with Trinity Rail Express (TRE) commuter trains. The rerouting “avoids the freight train operations that were challenging our trains every day on the previous routing,” said Mark Murphy, Amtrak Senior Vice President and General Manager of the business line that includes the Eagle. “This route simplifies our movements through the Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center and will improve reliability for more than 100,000 Amtrak passengers who use our Fort Worth gateway every year.”

Amtrak said there are no missed stops or public schedule changes at this time for Texas Eagle daily service.

Murphy and Mike Chandler, Amtrak Deputy General Manager responsible for the Texas Eagle, credited the negotiating team that worked with TRE, its parent agencies in Fort Worth and Dallas, Union Pacific and other carriers, and noted the support of TEMPO (Texas Eagle Marketing and Performance Organization) and Texas Rail Advocates in accomplishing the route change.

Coscia, currently the Chairman of Amtrak’s board of directors, was appointed to another five-year term.

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