Archive for the ‘Amtrak stations’ Category

Boarding Procedure to Change at San Diego Old Town

February 21, 2020

Amtrak said in a service advisory that Pacific Surfliner trains will depart and arrive on different tracks at the station.

Southbound trains will now arrive on Track 3 and passengers can be picked up from Old Town Station on the street side closest to Track 3.

Northbound trains will continue to depart from Track 4.

Amtrak advised those using the station to allow extra time for boarding and detraining while getting familiar with the different route to parking and connecting services. Use the pedestrian underpass if needed.

Construction Disrupts Boston South Station Doorways

February 14, 2020

Construction at Boston South Station that began last month will affect some of the station’s entrances and exits.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the South Station Air Rights Project will result in some entrances and exits being closed or reconfigured.

Trains also may arrive and depart on a different track than expected.

Amtrak urged passengers using the station to check their train’s track assignment before boarding and to allow extra time to become familiar with the new construction zones.

Access to St. Louis Station Temporarily Restricted

January 25, 2020
  • 14th Street between Clark and Chestnut Street
  • Market Street from 16th to 13th Street
  • 15th Street between Market Street and Chestnut Street
  • Chestnut Street between 15th and 14th Streets

Rome Station Elevator Out of Service

January 25, 2020

The elevator at the Amtrak station in Rome, New York, is out of service.

In a service advisory Amtrak did not provide an estimated date as to when it would be repaired and back in operation.

Amtrak said passengers unable to navigate the stairways from the station to the boarding platform should travel to the station in Utica, New York, located 20 minutes east of Rome.

The advisory also suggested that passengers allow extra time to reach the boarding platform.

Rome is served by two pairs of New York-Niagara Falls, New York, Empire Service trains and the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf.

Tuscaloosa New Station Efforts Stall

January 22, 2020

Efforts to create a new Amtrak station in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, have stalled.

Tuscaloosa officials have been trying for years to create a new station, but have been unable to reach an agreement with host Railroad Norfolk Southern.

City officials want to located the station in the Alberta neighborhood, which would put it in close proximity to the campus of the University of Alabama.

The current station, which is served by the New York-New Orleans Crescent, is located on Greensboro Avenue and is in poor condition.

Amtrak has reportedly threatened to cease using the station.

Work on creating a new station began in 2016 but has made little headway.

NY Wants Canadian Customs on its Side of Border

January 17, 2020

Officials in Niagara Falls, New York, are pushing for Canadian customs officials to begin screening passengers there who are traveling into Canada.

The station, which opened in 2016, has space for that purpose, but the Canadian customs service has preferred to screen passengers at its facility in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Amtrak’s New York-Toronto Maple Leaf makes stops in Niagara Falls on both sides of the border.

U.S. officials say two stations are about the length of four football fields apart, but the Amtrak timetable shows them as being two miles apart.

U.S. customs inspects passengers entering the United States on the U.S. side of the Niagara River gorge.

On the U.S. side, Niagara Falls officials see the matter as economic development issue.

“This next step is great for economic development, not to mention expanding our leisure and tourism industry,” Niagara Falls Mayor Robert M. Restaino said.

The United States and Canada signed an agreement allowing pre-clearance last year, but it hasn’t been implemented.

The Canada Border Services Agency in an email to the Buffalo News said the agency does not have any pre-clearance operations in the United States

“However, Canada is exploring the potential for Canadian pre-clearance operations in both the traveler and commercial streams. Unfortunately, we cannot speak to the specific timelines or locations at this time,” the email statement said.

The Maple Leaf schedule allots one hour and 12 minutes in Niagara Falls, Ontario, for Canadian customs inspection, and one hour and 43 minutes in Niagara Falls, New York, for U.S. customs screening.

During Amtrak’s 2019 fiscal year, the passenger carrier handled an average of 95 people per day in Niagara Falls, New York.

In Niagara Falls, Ontario, an average of 34 people per day boarded or disembarked from the Maple Leaf.

New Middletown Station Seen As finished in July 2021

January 17, 2020

Construction of a new Amtrak station in Middletown, Pennsylvania, is expected to be completed by July 2021.

But first the project needs to be put out for bid, a process that began on Dec. 19.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is taking bids that are to be opened on Jan. 29.

PennDOT recently held a meeting for prospective contractors who might wish to bid on the project.

The station will be built along West Main Street on the Amtrak Keystone Corridor.

In preparation for station construction, Amtrak is moving the tracks in the vicinity of the station site.

PennDOT is expected to award the winning construction contract bids in March and to give contractors a notice to proceed on March 16.

Elevator at Springfield Station Awaits Amtrak Inspection

January 11, 2020

A new elevator at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts, is expected to open to the public after it passes an Amtrak inspection.

The elevator will provide access to Platform C, which was recently rebuilt.

Christopher Moskal, executive director of the Springfield Redevelopment Authority, said it is not clear when the inspection will occur.

He said his agency, which owns the station, is in contact with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation about the matter.

Platform C is higher than the older platforms at the station. It was rebuilt as part of an $11 million state-funded project to renovate the station.

The cost of the overall project has been $103 million and included sprucing up the station head house, and installing new stairs, benches and garbage receptacles.

Most of the station renovation work was completed in June 2017 but Platform C didn’t reopen at that time because it was too narrow to ADA handicapped-accessibility standards.

The station was unsuccessful in getting an exemption from the federal rule while rebuilding the platform was being planned.

The elevator is needed because the passenger waiting room, ticket areas and other amenities are at ground level but the platform are elevated above them.

Trains currently use Platform D. Platforms C and B do not have their own stairways and elevator.

Highway Project Could Endanger Colorado Depot

January 11, 2020

A historic train station in Grand Junction, Colorado, could be in danger of being razed due to a highway construction project.

Union Station is now sitting unused, fenced off from the current Amtrak stop in Grand Junction for Amtrak’s California Zephyr. The depot has not been used since the 1980s.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is considering expanding the Interstate 70 business loop, which runs past the depot, which opened in 1906.

Friends of the Grand Junction Depot fear that the expansion project could result in the station being demolished.

CDOT plans to widen the road by adding another lane and is studying adding it on the opposite side form the station.

The depot advocacy group wants to see the station renovated so it can be used by Amtrak passengers.

The group says it doesn’t oppose widening the I-70 business loop provided that it does not interfere with access to the Old Grand Junction Depot building.

Vermont Town May Buy Bellows Falls Station

January 9, 2020

The town of Rockingham, Vermont, is considering buying the Bellows Falls station used by Amtrak’s Vermonter.

The Rockingham Select Board has before it a proposal to spend $120,000 to buy the station, which is in poor condition.

The station was once owned by the State of Vermont, but is now the property of the Green Mountain Railroad.

Rockingham Development Director Gary Fox told the Board that the station is a key to boosting tourism in the community of 5,282 which includes the incorporated village of Bellows Falls.

Fox said if the town owned the depot it could maintain the waiting room for Amtrak and rent the rest of the building for other purposes, such as a a cafe, restaurant or brewery.