Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak service disruptions’

Amtrak Cancels More Trains Today

January 17, 2022

Amtrak on Sunday posted more service cancellations for Monday (Jan. 17) due to a winter storm in the eastern United States.

Canceled in both directions is the Capitol Limited (Chicago-Washington), making for the third consecutive day that No. 30 has not departed from Chicago. No. 29 last left Washington on Saturday.

The Pennsylvanian from Pittsburgh to New York was canceled as were Keystone Service Nos. 660, 661, 662 and 615 between Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and New York. Keystone Service No. 667 will originate in Philadelphia rather than New York.

Also canceled in both directions are the Vermonter (Washington-St. Albans, Vermont) and Piedmont Service Nos. 73 and 74 (Raleigh, North Carolina-Charlotte, North Carolina).

Ethan Allen Express No. 291 (New York-Rutland, Vermont) will terminate at Albany-Rensselaer, New York. Train 290 will originate in Albany-Rensselaer.

On the Northeast Corridor, Northeast Regional train 99 (Boston-Newport News, Virginia) will terminate in Washington. Northeast Regionals 152 and 189 (Washington-New York) are canceled.

Northeast Regional 156 (Roanoke, Virginia-New York) is canceled as is Train 164 (Richmond, Virginia- Boston. Thus far one cancellation has been posted for Tuesday (Jan. 18). Ethan Allen Express No. 290 will originate at Albany-Rensselaer.

Winter Storm Prompts Amtrak Cancellations

January 15, 2022

Amtrak has canceled several trains this weekend due to a winter storm. The service advisory said the move was being made “out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our customers and employees.”

Trains scheduled to depart on Saturday (Jan. 15) that have been canceled include the Crescent in both directions between New York and New Orleans; Silver Star in both directions between New York and Miami; Cardinal from Chicago to New York; Capitol Limited from Chicago to Washington; City of New Orleans in both directions between Chicago and New Orleans; and the Texas Eagle in both directions between Chicago and San Antonio.

Trains scheduled to depart on Sunday (Jan. 16) that have been canceled are the Cardinal from New York to Chicago; Capitol Limited from Washington to Chicago; Crescent in both directions; Northeast Regional 147 from Springfield, Massachusetts, to Roanoke, Virginia; Pennsylvanian from New York to Pittsburgh; Carolinian in both directions between New York and Charlotte, North Carolina; and Piedmonts 73, 74, 75, 76, 77 and 78 between Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Trains scheduled to depart on Monday (Jan. 17) that are canceled are Northeast Regional 156 from Roanoke to New York; Keystone Service trains 660, 661, 662, and 615; Pennsylvanian from Pittsburgh to New York.

Also on Monday Keystone Service 667 will originate in Philadelphia.

Amtrak said it will waive charges for changes to reservations made because of the cancellations.

Amtrak to Reduce Service by 8%

January 15, 2022

Pandemic related staff shortages are prompting Amtrak to curtail service on most routes starting Jan. 24 for most routes and Jan. 18 on state-supported routes.

The service reductions, which Amtrak said will last through March 27, will affect 8 percent of its schedule. The passenger carrier indicated it might be able to restore service sooner on some routes depending on conditions.

In a statement, Amtrak said the service cuts were due to “staffing challenges resulting from Covid-19 pandemic and the highly active Omicron variant.”

Long distance train service frequency will fall to five days a week for the Southwest Chief, California Zephyr, Empire Builder, Coast Starlight, Crescent, Texas Eagle, Capitol Limited, Lake Shore Limited, and City of New Orleans.

The Silver Meteor will be suspended entirely during the 10-week period, but there will be no service reductions for the Silver Star, Palmetto, Auto Train, Cardinal, and Sunset Limited.

Amtrak said capacity will increase as dictated by demand on the Silver Star and Palmetto to offset some of the service cuts being made to the Silver Meteor.

In corridor services, 8 percent of Northeast Regional weekly departures will be suspended while 6 percent of state-supported weekly departures will be suspended.

Trains magazine reported on its website Friday that already some trains have seen spot cancellations.

The Southwest Chief did not depart Los Angles on Jan. 9 or 12 and did not depart Chicago on Jan. 12 and 15. Some trips of the Coast Starlight also have been cancelled.

Specific cancellations have yet to be announced or posted in the Amtrak reservation system as of Friday afternoon.

Amtrak said in a statement it will contact affected passengers and offer to rebook them for travel on remaining frequencies on all routes.

On routes where there are multiple train frequencies Amtrak said it will seek to offer same-day travel alternatives.

Those unable to travel on other days will be offered a full refund of their fare.

The statement said Amtrak has seen a 25 percent drop in bookings due to the surge in COVID-19 cases coupled with seasonal declines in travel.

The statement also said Amtrak is hiring and training new employees to address staffing shortfalls resulting from last year’s furloughs and early retirements.

The Trains report quoted Amtrak sources as saying 97 percent of its employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 but the workforce continues to be hit by COVID-19 infections and exposures.

The illness has affected not just on-board personnel but also backshop workers who maintain and get the trains ready for service.

Weather Still Disrupting Amtrak Trains

January 8, 2022

Adverse weather conditions have led to a spate of Amtrak train cancellations.

Heavy snowfall in West Virginia was cited by Amtrak for multiple cancellations of the Chicago-New York Cardinal this week.

Trains magazine reported on its website that on Tuesday night Train 50 was terminated after reaching Rennselaer, Indiana, with passengers returned to Chicago by bus.

The westbound Cardinal was cancelled on Wednesday and Friday. The eastbound Cardinal was canceled on Thursday.

On Saturday morning the Amtrak website was showing Train 50 as still set to depart Chicago later that evening for New York.

Amtrak could have operated the Cardinal Thursday night to Indianapolis and then had that equipment turn Saturday morning to return to Chicago. But it elected not to pursue that option.

The Trains report said about 8 inches of snow fell in the region around Charleston, West Virginia, on Thursday and four more inches was expected in Northern Virginia on Friday morning.

Heavy snow that downed tree limbs across tracks led to operational issues that led to passengers being marooned for hours aboard trains in Virginia earlier this week.

Elsewhere, Amtrak cancelled the Chicago-Seattle/Portland Empire Builder trains that were to have departed Thursday from Portland and Seattle.

Stalled BNSF freight trains were blocking the route and also prevented the westbound Empire Builder on that day from getting through.

Saturday morning Amtrak posted on Twitter that today’s westbound Empire Builder from Chicago has been canceled due to severe weather.

The Empire Builder that was to have originated in Seattle on Friday instead originated in Spokane, Washington.

Mudslides near Kelso, Washington, prompted Amtrak to cancel all service between Seattle and Portland on Thursday through Saturday. The cancellations did not affect trains operating between Portland and Eugene, Oregon.

In the east, Northeast Regional 171 to Roanoke, Virginia; No. 93 to Norfolk, Virginia; and train 85 to Richmond, Virginia; were canceled on Friday along with their counterparts from the same destinations, trains 176, 84, and 86.

The Silver Meteor from Miami to New York was canceled on Friday along with the southbound Meteor that was to have departed New York on Friday.

Eight additional Northeast Regional trains were cancelled Friday. Trains that did operate were subject to hours-long delays between Washington and Richmond.

Winter Weather Plays Havoc With Amtrak

January 6, 2022

Severe winter weather snarled operations of Amtrak trains throughout the country this week although the effects of the storm were most pronounced in the Southeast, Trains magazine reported on its website.

The magazine reported that eight long-distance trains incurred departure delays from Chicago of more than an hour due to equipment issues.

In Virginia, trees falling across tracks halted trains traveling to and from Washington. In some instances, trains were terminated en route.

Some trains using the New York-Florida routes south of Washington were canceled on Monday and Tuesday. Also canceled were some runs of the Auto Train to and from Florida.

In a few cases, passengers were confined to trains that halted for hours in Virginia due to blocked routes ahead.

This included the northbound Crescent, which sat north of Lynchburg, Virginia, for most of the day. The train eventually backed up to the Lynchburg station where it did not depart until Tuesday morning.

For more information, visit https://www.trains.com/trn/news-reviews/news-wire/amtrak-struggles-to-recover-from-winter-weather-challenges/

Amtrak Cancelling Trains due to COVID-19 Surge Among Employees

January 1, 2022

Amtrak is mirroring the airlines by canceling trains due to an increase in COVID-19 cases among its workers.

Through Jan. 6 the passenger carrier said it will cancel about 1.5 percent of its scheduled trains with many of those cancellations occurring on the East Coast.

Amtrak said about two dozen trains will be affected including four long-distance routes.

Some long distance trains scheduled to depart from Chicago on Friday were cancelled including the City of New Orleans, Empire Builder and California Zephyr.

No trains serving Northeast Ohio have thus far been affected by the cancellations.

The Amtrak announcement also cited bad weather in some areas of the country.

 “Amtrak regrets any inconvenience,” the passenger carrier said in a statement. “We are continuing to monitor changing conditions and will make any further adjustments as required.”

Since Christmas Eve airlines have cancelled thousands of flights.

Ida’s Aftermath Hinders Amtrak Service

September 3, 2021

Flooding and other complications left by the remnants of Hurricane Ida played havoc with the operations of some Amtrak trains this week.

The storm dumped more than seven inches of rain in New York, prompting Amtrak to cancel service between Boston and Washington, and between New York and Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

Amtrak said its Moynihan Train Hall in New York remained operational, but some trains were terminated or held at intermediate stations due to safety concerns.

They included the eastbound Cardinal, which was held at Trenton, New Jersey, Tuesday night for nearly 12 hours.

The westbound Capitol Limited was held for two hours at Cumberland, Maryland. By the time it reached Pittsburgh it was almost five hours late.

No. 29 arrived in Cleveland at 8:01 a.m. Thursday, five hours and eight minutes late. It ultimately reached Chicago five hours, 43 minutes late.

The westbound Lake Shore Limited on Thursday was suspended between New York and Albany, but will operate from Albany to Chicago.

This same schedule modification will continue on Friday.

The New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian and New York-Philadelphia Keystone Corridor trains are expected to resume operating on Friday.

Track Work to Disrupt Boston LSL Section

July 22, 2021

Track work being performed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will result in service disruptions to the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited between July 23 and 26.

During that period, Train 448 will terminate at Albany-Rensselaer, New York, with alternate bus transportation provided to the missed stops of Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and Boston South Station.

No alternate transportation will be provided to the missed stops of Framingham or Boston Back Bay. Those traveling to Back Bay will ride the bus to South Station and take an Amtrak or MBTA commuter train to Back Bay.

Train 449 will originate at Albany with alternate bus transportation provided from Boston South Station, Worcester, Springfield and Pittsfield.

 No alternate transportation will be provided from Boston Back Bay or Framingham.

Back Bay passengers will be given the option of boarding at Boston South Station or traveling on alternate dates.

Passengers at Boston South Station should go to the Amtrak information desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

Passengers at Worcester will board the bus at the main entrance in front of the station. Boarding will not occur at the bus terminal.

Amtrak Warns Heat May Hinder Operations

July 20, 2021

Amtrak has issued a service advisory warning passengers traveling in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions that summer heat may cause delays.

The advisory said extreme heat can affect Amtrak operations by causing raisl, bridges and catenary wires to expand.

The passenger carrier said it and its host railroads often impose speed restrictions during high heat conditions.

Amtrak said passengers holding reservations for travel on trains whose operations are adversely affected by weather conditions will typically be accommodated on trains with similar departure times or on another day.

Ticket change charges will be waived for passengers seeking to change their reservation during the modified schedule by calling our reservation center at 1-800-USA-RAIL

Train status is availble at Amtrak.com and in the free mobile app. Updates on real-time service information is available on Twitter at @AmtrakNECAlerts for Northeast Corridor trains and @AmtrakAlerts for trains operating outside the Northeast Corridor.

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Boston LSL Section Disrupted by Track Work

May 10, 2021

Track work being performed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will disrupt operations of the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited through June 17 east of Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

On Monday through Thursday Train 448 will terminate at Albany. Alternate transportation will be provided to the missed stops of Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and Boston South Station. No alternate transportation will be provided to the missed stop of Framingham.

Passengers bound for Boston Back Bay station will be bused to Boston South Station and then take an Amtrak or MBTA commuter train between South Station and Back Bay.

Train 448 also will observe these schedule changes on June 5 and 12, both Sundays.

Train 449 will originate in Albany with alternate transportation provided to the missed stops of Boston, Worcester, Springfield and Pittsfield.

 No alternate transportation will be provided for the missed stops of Back Bay and Framingham.

Passengers traveling from Back Bay have the option of boarding at Boston South or traveling on alternate dates.

At Boston South Station passengers should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

At Worcester, passengers will board the bus at the main entrance in front of the station. Boarding will not occur at the bus terminal.