Newsletter 5/24/24: Borealis Train Enters Service

Here’s Why Amtrak’s New Borealis Train Matters

On Tuesday, May 21, Amtrak CEO Stephen Gardner cut the ribbon for the new Borealis train, which will run daily between Chicago and St. Paul.

Here’s why the Borealis matters, and what we can learn from its successful launch.

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Shouldn’t You Be Able to Get to Montreal By Train?

Montreal is a vibrant, exciting city. Unfortunately, Amtrak’s Adirondack will not travel north of Saratoga Springs, New York, from May 20 to June 29. This is the second year in a row that train service to Montreal has stopped during the summer travel season.

This highlights the core problem for American passenger trains.

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Lakeshore Rail Summit: Creating Transportation Oases

When: Thursday, June 13 at 1pm ET


Why: Billions of dollars in federal funding for rail transportation will transform cities like Erie with a transportation desert into a transportation oasis in the next decade. The rail corridor between Chicago and the East Coast is at risk of missing out. Learn how regional passenger rail projects can create a transportation oasis in Erie.

High-Speed Rail and the Construction of Space in 1960s Japan

When: Friday, June 28 at 12pm CT on Zoom

This talk will consider the bullet train in terms of the social construction of space—the ways in which people think about and use physical spaces—comparing government plans with public reactions to highlight the interaction between ideas and the built environment.

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