Amtrak launches Northeast Corridor website

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 has unveiled a new website dedicated to providing news and information about the Northeast Corridor. will include information about improvement projects underway and the railroad’s vision for the corridor’s future, Amtrak officials said in the “Amtrak Ink” newsletter.

Recently developed by the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Investment Development business line, the site includes historical data on NEC; highlights of more than 20 improvement projects spanning the corridor’s length from Boston to Washington, D.C.; interactive maps; ridership data; and a resource section where users can download or share reports, fact sheets and graphics about the NEC.

Lot better than our old site

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A Successful Retailer Without An OnLine Presence

In retail, EVERYBODY must (or thinks they must), be prominent in e-retailing and omnichannel because of ALL the revenue. So Primark must be joking to think they can remain just simply brick & mortar? But when Sears shuts down stores, UK-based Primark buys them to expand into the US. Keep thinking of an old saying: “Jack of All Trades, and Master of None”. Bet Primark has heard of it.

In a lot of ways like low prices but cool fashions they resemble Swedish heritage H&M and Spanish-headquartered Zara’s. But both these chains are big online while Primark is not. And they are not (currently) planning one.

Before we say “What’s wrong with them?” Primark has a 22% year-over-year increase in revenue.

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,800 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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Atlanta Initiates Streetcar Service

Atlanta officials officially launched the city’s new electric streetcar at a Dec. 30 grand-opening ceremony.

Mayor Kasim Reed and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) officials spoke about the streetcar system’s potential appeal to the city’s younger population as well as economic developers, according to news reports on the celebration.


“These projects are for the future, and when you look around, the cities who we’re competing with around this nation and around the world, they’ve made investments in public transportation,” MARTA Chief Executive Officer Keith Parker told The New York Times.

At least initially, MARTA is responsible for operating the system. The service will follow a 2.7-mile loop around downtown Atlanta. Riders will be able to use the service at no charge for the next three months. 


The long-awaited opening of the $98 million streetcar system had experienced a number of delays. Originally, the line was slated to open in May 2013.

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Florida’s Round Up of All Aboard Florida News Kicking Off 2015

Downtown WPB rail crossings set to close

All Aboard Florida plans to close rail crossings at Datura and Evernia streets in downtown West Palm Beach.

The permanent closures are needed so that the private rail venture can build a new $29 ­million train station between Datura and Evernia streets to the west of the Florida East Coast Railway tracks.
The rail crossings had been set to close in December. But after the board of the Downtown Development Authority appealed to All Aboard officials in October, the leaders of the rail project met with city leaders and  agreed to push the closing to January so as not to harm holiday downtown shopping and activities.

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Florida East Coast Railway Deploys Technology to Streamline Access

Coastal Link still a great idea, Delray waits and sees and other news

Traveling farther north than West Palm Beach on Tri-Rail could happen sooner rather than much later as more pieces are falling into place to take the commuter trains all the way to Jupiter.

For one thing, officials have found a way to pay up to $125 million in start-up costs for the project.

Second, a connection between the Tri-Rail tracks and the Florida East Coast Railroad will soon be built. The trains to Jupiter would use the FEC tracks.



Newest Business Term is “UBERIZED”


Ride service UBER and its little buddy Lyft, had yet another encounter about rules in Boston. Nothing happened.

According to the account in BostInno,
“Even with questionable ethics, Uber and Lyft aren’t merely winning the war against Boston taxis — Uber and Lyft have already won.”
It isn’t surprising that Uber, like other disruptors that have successfully offered an alternative to the status quo (e.g., Netflix, the cloud, the iPhone), is experiencing pushback. The ridesharing service seems to be rapidly cycling through the four stages of disruption recently described by former Microsoft executive Steven Sinofsky, starting with upsetting the applecart — or, as he puts it, “disruption of the incumbent” — and ending with “complete reimagination.” Who isn’t going to fight being completely reimagined?

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In its protest of Uber practices, the taxi industry is also following the script to the T: According to Sinofsky, now a…

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Utica Comets 1 vs. Iowa Wild 2

In just their third regulation loss at home this season, the Comets dropped a 2-1 decision against the Iowa Wild on Saturday evening at The Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Will Acton was the only Comet to score against the Minnesota Wild’s American Hockey League affiliate after a scoring drought since Dec. 3, 2014. Iowa’s goaltender John Curry was able to aid his team to safety after stopping 27 of the Comets 28 shots on net.

After a scoreless first period, the Wild found the scoreboard almost immediately after the start of the second stanza. Just 66 seconds after the puck was dropped, Marc Hagel obtained the puck in the offensive zone and spun it around towards the stick of Jordan Schroeder. With a quick smack the puck popped off of Joacim Eriksson’s left leg, which left a rebound opportunity available to the Minnesota native. With a quick swing at the air-bound puck, Schroeder capitalized on his second chance to make it a 1-0 game.

The Wild tightened their grip on the lead just short of four minutes into the third period after Jonathon Blum got the puck to Zack Mitchell in the blue paint. The puck was poked through Eriksson’s legs for Iowa’s second goal of the night to make it 2-0 and what would eventually be the game-winner. Schroeder received credit for the secondary assist, which also gave him his second point of the game.

It wasn’t until just past the halfway mark at 11:23 when the Comets found their only goal of the night. After what could be best described as confusion in front of Curry’s net, the puck darted out of reach for the veteran goaltender. Acton buried it into the mesh for his third of the season and the Comets first goal of the night to make it 2-1. Hunter Shinkaruk and John Negrin both received assists on the play.

After their three-game stint, the Comets will take a break until Jan. 9. The Comets will then head to Ontario to take on the Hamilton Bulldogs for the second time this season. In their first match-up, the Comets won 3-2 at The AUD.

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