Archive for the ‘Amtrak stations’ Category

Carbondale Waiting Room Closed for Some Trains

July 21, 2021

The waiting room of the Amtrak station in Carbondale, Illinois, has been closed temporarily for Trains 391 (southbound Saluki) and 392 (northbound Illini) until further notice.

Amtrak said in a service advisory that trains will continue to stop at the station and passengers will have access to platforms.

Passengers traveling on Trains 391 and 392 will not have access to the inside of the station or restrooms during this time.

The waiting room will be available for other trains, including the City of New Orleans in both directions and the northbound Saluki and southbound Illini.

Pittsburgh Station Elevator Out of Service Through October

July 21, 2021

The elevator at the Amtrak station is out of service through Oct. 1.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said a new elevator is being installed with work having started on July 14.

Until October passengers will reach boarding platforms via stairways inside the station.

Passengers needing assistance in reaching the boarding area are urged to contact a customer service representative at the ticket office.

Shuttle Operating to Elk Station

July 21, 2021

A shuttle service has been established to the Amtrak station in Elko, Nevada.

Elko County’s public transportation system, Get My Ride, has partnered with Amtrak to provide the shuttle, which uses an ADA accessible mini bus to shuttle passengers who parked on the opposite side of the station for each arrival of the California Zephyr.

The Elko County Get My Ride team will monitor train status of Nos. 5 and 6.

In a service advisory, Amtrak urged passengers to allow extra time to board their train if they are parking on the opposite side of the station.

Temporary Changes at 3 Amtrak Stations

June 27, 2021

Temporary changes have affected operations at three Amtrak stations.

In Eugene, Oregon, the Amtrak Thruway stop for the University of Oregon has temporarily moved due to events taking place in the current location.

The temporary stop is on Alder and East 18th Street at the Clinical Services Building.

In McComb, Mississippi, the waiting room of the Amtrak station has temporarily closed due to fire damage.

Amtrak’s City of New Orleans will continue to stop at the station and passengers will have access to boarding platforms.

There will be no public access to the inside of the station or restrooms during this time. Trains will board on the north end of the platform by the parking lot.

At the station in Santa Ana, California, elevators will be out of service between June 28 and July 1 due to maintenance work.

Affected are pedestrian bridge elevators 1 and 2. The boarding platform will be accessible by stairs or along Santa Ana Boulevard.

Passengers requiring an elevator may also board at the local stations of Irvine or Anaheim.

Man Charged in Connection With Amtrak Depot Fire in Mississippi

June 4, 2021

A Mississippi man has been charged with arson in connection with a fire that damaged the Amtrak station in McComb, Mississippi.

Markez Belmont Smith, 20, of McComb was taken into custody earlier this week.

The fire caused extensive damage to the more than a century old depot, but local officials believe the basic structure can be salvaged.

McComb is served by Amtrak’s City of New Orleans, which operates between Chicago and its namesake city.

The station was built in 1901 by the Illinois Central Railroad.

Fire Damages Mississippi Amtrak Station

June 2, 2021

A former Illinois Central Railroad Station in Mississippi that is still used by Amtrak was damaged by fire this week.

The fire in the station in McComb occurred in the north end of the depot where a local history museum has its offices and archives.

News reports indicated the station, which was built in 1901, was on fire when the southbound City of New Orleans arrived for its station stop.

McComb fire chief Gary McKenzie estimated 90 percent of the museum’s artifacts were located in the building’s south end and could be saved. McKenzie expressed confidence that the depot’s basic structure could be salvaged.

The station had been renovated in 1998 and has housed a museum since 2001.

Stairway Project to Affect Fullerton Station

May 21, 2021

A stairway replacement project at the Amtrak station in Fullerton, California, will result in passengers having to use an elevator to cross the tracks for the next several months.

The project, which is being undertaken by the Orange County Transportation Authority, in coordination with Metrolink, involves replacement of the stairs to the pedestrian walkway over the tracks at the Fullerton Transportation Center.

Work was expected to begin with the staircase on the platform north of the tracks, then move to the south.

Elevators will be operational between 4 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily. The project is expected to be completed by late 2021.

Palm Springs Station Temporarily Closed

May 21, 2021

Damage caused by sandstorms has led to the temporary closing of the Amtrak station in Palm Springs, California.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the storms caused sand drifts near the station, which resulted in unsafe conditions.

The advisory said Amtrak is working with host railroad Union Pacific to repair the station area as soon as possible.

Palm Springs is served by the tri-weekly New Orleans-Los Angeles Sunset Limited.

Penn Station Renovation Outlined

April 28, 2021

New York officials have revealed options to redevelop New York Penn Station as part of the proposed $16 billion Empire Station Complex.

Amtrak, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and New Jersey Transit are working to together to establish a plan to unify the separate railroads’ concourses into one space.

This project would new tracks and platforms to accommodate growing ridership, expected to increase by 54 percent to 830,000 daily users by 2038.

The first step in project is to rebuild the station’s existing Penn Station layout. That would involve  creating a central atrium and giving NJ Transit some space now used by Amtrak.

However, officials said they are also considering creating an open, single-level concourse that would eliminate all low ceiling heights.

This work would simplify entry and exit routes from trains and the street level while also creating new large circulation areas bigger than the Great Hall of Grand Central Terminal.

Grant Awarded for Kirkwood Station Renovation

April 15, 2021

A $1.5 million grant has been made for renovations of the Amtrak station in Kirkwood, Missouri.

The funding came from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments. The grant will enable the City of Kirkwood and the Historic Kirkwood Train Station Foundation to renovate the former Missouri Pacific depot.

Work in the $4.6 million project will include a new roof, heating and cooling system, ADA-compliant restrooms, and a covered station platform.

Thus far about $2.3 million has been raised for the project. The foundation continues to raise money on a  GoFundMe page. Construction is expected to begin in 2024.

Kirkwood, a suburb of St. Louis, is served by the St. Louis-Kansas City Missouri River Runners