Posts Tagged ‘Washington D.C.’

Amtrak Suspending Some Washington Service

January 18, 2021

In advance of the inauguration of president-elect Joseph Biden, Amtrak is suspending some services to Washington.

In a service advisory, the passenger carrier said it will not operate Northeast Regional service south of Washington on Jan 19 and 20.

The New York-Charlotte Carolinian will only operate in North Carolina between Raleigh and Charlotte on those dates.

Long distance trains operating to or through Washington will be unaffected, including the Chicago-Washington Capitol Limited.

Amtrak said passengers whose trips begin or end in Washington should be aware that there will be pedestrian and vehicle restrictions at and around Washington Union Station.

This includes the closure of DC Metro’s Union Station stop. Passengers are being directed to use Metro’s NOMA/Gallaudet station, which Amtrak described as being a short walk from Union Station. Metro will operate on a modified schedule.

MARC commuter trains to Maryland and West Virginia have been suspended and Virginia Railway Express said its trains will not run Monday through Wednesday.

The service advisory said there will be no access to taxi or ride share services at WUS.

Railroaders Button Hole Members of Congress

March 5, 2020

Railroad employees and shippers descended on Washington this week in a day-long lobbying exercise to tell Congress about the railroad industry.

The event was organized by The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, but also included some Class 1 railroad employees.

All told approximately 450 employees, shippers, and representatives of railroad supply companies spend time making contact with members of Congress and their staffs.

The Railroad Day event has been held for nearly 20 years.

In particular, Congress was urged to make permanent the Short Line Railroad 45G Tax Credit as part of the pending Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill.

Other talking points included opposition to increasing the size and weight of trucks and preserving a balanced economic regulatory environment for freight railroads.