[ am-trak ]


  1. a government-subsidized public corporation created by Congress in 1970 to operate a national intercity passenger railroad system through contracts with existing railroads.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Amtrak1

Am(erican) tra(vel on trac)k
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Example Sentences

Amtrak launches new digital payment optionsMajor grocery chains have announced similar incentives, such as flexible work schedules, paid time off to visit a vaccination site and bonuses of up to $200.

Should assistance be needed in gaining compliance, Amtrak Police and local authorities may be contacted to assist.

Amtrak runs the length of the route, making it possible to self-shuttle.

Business groups want a “through-running” commuter train system, where VRE riders from Spotsylvania can have a one-seat trip through Maryland Area Regional Commuter Train Service and Amtrak up and down the East Coast.

Fortunately, the Amtrak employee I asked for help turned out to be the attendant for my car, Claude Mitchell.

But on the Southwest Chief—and Amtrak trains in general—food and beverages are a financial drain.

In the last five years, Amtrak has grown increasingly reliant on public subsidies at all levels of government.

And to keep the Southwest Chief running, Amtrak is now seeking additional state aid of $120 million over the next decade.

Now Amtrak says it needs another $151 billion to bring high-speed rail to the corridor by 2040.

Congress is mulling a bill that would allow pets to ride along with their owners on Amtrak trains.