Amtrak on Wednesday suspended Acela service between New Haven, Conn., and Boston, along with regular Northeast Regional service between Boston and New York due to area flooding and record-breaking rains.
A partnership was formed between Aetna and Northeast Medical Group in New Haven, Conn., to create a collaborative care program for patients. As part of the deal, NMG participating providers will receive incentives from Aetna for satisfying measures of care quality and efficiency for Aetna members while reducing health care costs.
Service Employees International Union 32BJ, which includes 162 part-time janitors at schools in New Haven, Conn., has reached a tentative deal on a contract with GCA Services Group through the end of 2015. The contract would include pay raises and phased-in health coverage.
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., plans to introduce a $1 billion spending bill designed to modernize bridges and tunnels along the Acela route from Washington to Boston, allowing the high-speed train to reach its promised speed of 150 mph. "You know why it can't go 150 under Baltimore? Because it shakes the tunnel and it's unsafe for the city. You can't go over the bridges because they're unsafe because we haven't rebuilt them for high speed." An Amtrak spokesperson, however, said upgraded bridges and tunnels would speed the train by only about 15 mph, because curved tracks through the heavily developed Northeast corridor are the main reason for the slow ride.
A federal audit charges that the New Haven, Conn., school district kept poor records and misspent $3.8 million in Title I summer school funds on ineligible schools or programs between 2001 and 2004, findings that could force the system to return some or all of the money. City and state officials, who say the auditors ignored their explanations, are appealing.
Amtrak said it will stop replacing its Acela service between Boston and New York with other trains because it doesn't have enough, effectively cutting its Boston rail service almost in half. Damaged brakes discovered last week caused Amtrak to pull all of its high-speed Acela trains from service for repairs; the agency ran one Acela train yesterday but has now pulled that one as well. Airlines say bookings for shuttle service in the Boston-New York-Washington corridor are up sharply since the Acela shutdown.