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Amtrak Launches Non-Stop Service Between New York & DC

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Starting in September, you’ll be able to get to New York from DC, non-stop with Amtrak.

It’s a new service that will begin September 23 from Union Station and New York Penn Station. Tickets are available now.

For now, it’s only available on the weekdays.

“The new Acela Nonstop service will have you halfway to your New York City or DC destination in the time it would take you to board a flight,” said Amtrak President & CEO Richard Anderson in a press release.

The schedule has one southbound trip and one northbound trip per day.

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TSA to Enhance Security Training for Railroads, Buses and More

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently issued a new final rule requiring higher-risk surface transportation providers to provide security training for some employees in an important move that fulfills multiple congressional mandates.

While typically associated with aviation, TSA’s new rule—which was published in the Federal Register on March 23—will not affect airlines but select railroads, public transportation systems and over-the-road buses.

Given the various challenges faced amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the effective date has been delayed by two months to 90 days from the date of publication, TSA said, meaning it’s scheduled to take effect in late June.

“The rule is intended to solidify the baseline of security for higher-risk surface transportation operations and sustain a commitment to ensuring employees within higher-risk surface systems and operations are prepared to help prevent a terrorist act and mitigate the consequences,” TSA stated.

“Preparing and training these employees to observe, assess and respond to anomalies, threats and incidents provides an important and effective tool for averting or mitigating potential attacks by terrorists or others with malicious intent that may target surface transportation.”

Examples of additional TSA surface transportation security initiatives include Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams to combat potential terrorist activities as well as grant programs that support surface transportation risk-reduction or mitigation measures with the help of federal funding, among others.

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