Approach of Hurricane Irma Prompts Cancellations

Amtrak is canceling is Florida trains ahead of Hurricane Irma.

In a service advisory issued last night, Amtrak said the Silver Star and Silver Meteor are canceled Sept. 9-11.

The Silver Star will operate from New York City to Orlando, Florida, today. The Silver Meteor will operate from New York to Jacksonville, Florida. But the Florida trains are are cancelled for Sept. 8-10 the length of their routes.

The southbound Auto Train is cancelled for Sept. 9 while the northbound Auto Train is cancelled on Sept. 10 and 11.

In the meantime, though, the passenger carrier is adding coaches to northbound trains and hosting sellout crowds.

The northbound Silver Star on Friday will leave Miami an hour and five minutes after the Silver Meteor, at 9:15 a.m.

The Silver Service trains have been operating this week with five coaches this week although the northbound Silver Meteor today will have six instead of the usual four.

Amtrak plans to hold its Florida-bound trains at Jacksonville from Friday through at least Monday.

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