1. Canadian officials want to be aboard if high-speed rail takes off in Northeast

    Amtrak’s long-term vision dovetails with President Obama’s interest in high-speed rail as a 21st-century answer to the Eisenhower-era interstate system. Obama touched on the subject in his last State of the Union address and released $8 billion in federal stimulus dollars for rail that same month. Part of those stimulus funds provided a down payment on true high-speed rail lines and part funded not-quite-as-fast-but-shovel-ready connections between cities, including a rerouting of Amtrak’s Vermonter line (New York City to St. Albans, Vt.) over a faster, more direct route through Western Massachusetts.
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    1. I will see them as well. I'm confident. But I will not tell you my age.'' He replaces acting general manager Donald L. Saunders, a former Amtrak executive who is chief operating officer of Chicago-based Veolia Transportation, one of the partners in the MBCR. Kiley most recently served as assistant vice president/operations for Norfolk Southern Corp., one of the country's largest freight railroad companies, where he oversaw major infrastructure and service improvement projects. He previously worked for Conrail. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Kiley began his railroad career at Boston's South Station in 1970 as a brakeman.
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