Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak cancelations’

Amtrak Service Cuts Just Keep Coming

March 19, 2020

Amtrak service to Michigan will be reduced to two pairs of trains and service cuts will be imposed on three corridor routes in Illinois.

However, no service reductions are being planned for the long-distance network Amtrak spokesman Marc Magilari told Trains magazine.

Michigan trains that will continue to operate are the Chicago-Port Huron Blue Water while Wolverine Service will consist of No 352, which departs Chicago at 1:25 p.m. and arrives in Pontiac at 8:32 p.m. and No. 351, which departs Pontiac at 5:50 a.m. and arrives in Chicago at 10:32 a.m.

Canceled are the Chicago-Grand Rapids Pere Marquette and two Wolverine Service roundtrips.

On the Chicago-Carbondale, Illinois, corridor the southbound Saluki and northbound Illini will continue to operate while their counterparts are canceled.

The corridor is also served by the City of New Orleans which provides service northbound in the early morning hours and southbound in late evening.

Between Chicago and Quincy the Carl Sandburg will be canceled while the Illinois Zephyr will continue to operate.

Part of the Chicago-Quincy corridor will continue to be served by the California Zephyr and Southwest Chief.

The Chicago-Milwaukee corridor will be reduced to one Hiawatha Service roundtrip with the Empire Builder picking up some of the slack.

The one Chicago to Milwaukee Hiawatha will depart at 5:08 p.m. for a 6:45 p.m. arrival in Milwaukee.

There will also be a late night bus from Chicago to Milwaukee that leaves Chicago at 9:15 p.m.

The Milwaukee to Chicago Hiawatha will depart at 8:05 a.m. and arriving in Chicago at 9:34 a.m.

The Empire Builder will handle local passengers at all stops, including at Sturtevant, Wisconsin, and Milwaukee airport station, both of which Nos. 7 and 8 normally do not serve.

However, the Empire Builder is an afternoon operation in both directions between Chicago and Milwaukee so passengers will not be able to travel northbound in the morning or southbound in the evening.

On the Chicago-St. Louis corridor the southbound 7 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. departures from Chicago will be cut.

Lincoln Service trains will continue to depart Chicago at 9:25 a.m. and 7 p.m.

From St. Louis, Lincoln Service trains will depart at 4:35 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

The Texas Eagle will also continue operating in the corridor. Canceled are northbound Lincoln Service departures from St. Louis at 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

For now Missouri River Runner service between St. Louis and Kansas City will continue operating on its current level of service of two roundtrips per day.

On the West Coast, the Capitol Corridor route will see a reduction from 15 to five weekday departures in each direction between Sacramento and Emeryville, California, effective March 23.

This does not include the Seattle-Los Angeles Coast Starlight, which uses part of the corridor.

Service reductions on the San Joaquin and Pacific Surfliner corridors have not yet been announced.

Cascades Service is no longer operating north of Seattle and will see the last round trip of the day canceled.

A presentation by the Chaddick Institute at DePaul University in Chicago said Amtrak’s current bookings are down 60 percent, future reservations are off 80 percent, and passenger cancellations are up 400 percent compared with the same period last year.

In a related development the Trump administration has proposed that Amtrak receive $500 million in emergency aid.

The carrier had said it needs $1 billion to cover losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The funding is part of a supplemental appropriation proposal the administration has sent to Congress totaling $45.8 billion.

More Pandemic Service Cuts Announced by Amtrak

March 17, 2020

Amtrak announced a few more service reductions on Monday due to the COVID-19 pandemic but thus far none of those involve service in the Midwest or long-distance trains.

It may be a matter of time before corridor services are curtailed. Amtrak is reportedly talking with states that fund corridor service about service reductions.

The latest cutbacks affect the Cascades Service in the Pacific Northwest and the Downeaster Service to Maine.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the closing of Pacific Central Station in Vancouver, British Columbia, has mean that Cascades service north of Seattle has been suspended.

Daily thruway bus service between Seattle, Everett, Mt. Vernon and Bellingham will still operate.

On the Downeaster route service is being reduced between March 17 and March 22.

Lake Shore Limited to be Restored Today

November 21, 2014

Amtrak’s Chicago-New York Lake Shore Limited will be restored today after a three-day suspension prompted by heavy snow in the Buffalo, N.Y., area.

Nos. 48 and 49 will depart as scheduled while New York-Niagara Falls, N.Y., Empire Service will not be fully restored until Saturday.

A modified schedule of Empire Service trains will operate today west of Albany-Rensselaer, N.Y., to and from Syracuse/Buffalo/Niagara Falls.
The New York-Toronto Maple Leaf was restored on Thursday.

Amtrak said that all trains operating through Buffalo will be subject to delay due to the very heavy snowfall and rail traffic congestion that resulted from temporary railroad closures.

Trains north and south of Albany-Rensselaer continued to operate this week.


Snowstorm Prompts Amtrak to Cancel Trains

November 20, 2014

Amtrak service in New York State is being restored today after a snowstorm that dumped some 6 feet of snow in the Buffalo, N.Y., area prompted Amtrak to cancel service west of Albany, N.Y., over CSX on Wednesday.

Trains affected include the New York-Niagara Falls Empire Service, New York-Toronto Maple Leaf, and the Chicago-New York Lake Shore Limited. No alternate transportation is available. Amtrak service north, east, and south of Albany-Rensselaer continues to operate.

Amtrak said today on its website that the Maple Leaf would resume service today although it would be subject to delay to due to freight traffic congestion and weather conditions. The website said the Lake Shore Limited and Empire Service would remain suspended through mid-afternoon, but the train status section of the site did not show No. 49 as being canceled.

The Chicago-Washington Capitol Limited was not affected. Amtrak and CSX said they were working to restore service as soon as possible. Amtrak’s service advisory said snow had blocked the CSX tracks in some places.

“Due to lake effect snow expected to total up to six feet, CSX is experiencing significant operational delays and customers in the Buffalo area should expect traffic delays up to 48 hours,” Amtrak said in a customer service advisory.

Amtrak’s website on Wednesday afternoon reported that the Lake Shore Limited trains scheduled to depart on Wednesday had been canceled. Both trains were also canceled on Tuesday.

Norfolk Southern is advising its customers of service problems in the Buffalo area stemming from the heavy snowfall.

“Record setting snowfall, road conditions, and road closures have curtailed Norfolk Southern operations in and around the Buffalo area,” the railroad said. “Customers with rail traffic destined to or originating in the Buffalo area will see a disruption of service over the next few days.”

NS said shipments normally moving through western New York will be detoured over other routes, likely resulting in additional transit time with 24-48 hour delays.