Archive for the ‘Amtrak stations’ Category

New Haven Station Rehab Project Announced

September 17, 2020

The Amtrak station in New Haven, Connecticut, is expected to get $65 million in funding for renovations.

The news was announced last week during a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of New Haven Union Station.

Aside from Amtrak the station is also used by commuter railroads.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation and City of New Haven have reached an agreement on funding the station rehabilitation project.

Plans are to renovate the basement, first, and second floors to allow new retail space. The upper floors and restrooms will also be upgraded.

The station was built by the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad.

Amtrak OIG Cites, Planning, Oversight Issues in Moynihan Train Hall Project in New York City

August 21, 2020

Amtrak’s Office of Inspector General said this week that planning and oversight problems in the initial stages of Amtrak’s development of Moynihan Train Hall in New York City have led to $72.8 million in cost increases.

The OIG reports said completion of the project could be extended beyond its late 2020 target date.

The work is converting the James A. Farley Post Office building into a transportation center located adjacent to Penn Station.

The project cost has been put at $1.6 million and Amtrak’s initial $106 million share has increased by 69%, according to the OIG report.

The report faulted Amtrak for its failure to include into its projections such elements as design costs, construction management, and information technology.

OIG said in a news release that the problems “are another example of a longstanding pattern of program management challenges the OIG has reported on extensively.”

Track Work to Affect Station Acess

August 18, 2020

Track track will affect access to Amtrak’s Route 128 station in Westwood, Massachusetts, starting today (Aug. 18).

In a service advisory, Amtrak said a new railroad crossing being installed means University Avenue will be temporarily closed between Harvard and Yale Streets.

The project is scheduled to be completed on Aug. 20 at 8 p.m.

Passengers are advised to follow detour signs to access the station via Route 128.

The station is located on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.

Poplar Bluff Waiting Room Closed

August 15, 2020

The waiting room of the Amtrak station in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, has been closed temporary for an indefinite period of time.

Amtrak did not say in a service advisory what prompted the closing of the facility.

Passengers will not have access to inside of the station or its restrooms but the boarding platform will remain open.

Poplar Bluff is served by Amtrak’s Texas Eagle.

Springfield Station Set for One Day Closure

August 1, 2020

A one day closure will occur at the Amtrak station in Springfield, Illinois, on Aug. 4 due to a planned power outage.

The station waiting room will temporarily close at 8 a.m. or several hours. Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle trains will continue to stop at the station and passengers will have access to platforms.

During the closure passengers will not have access to the inside of the station or restrooms during this time.

Checked baggage service, express shipping and ticketing will not be available but station agents will be present on the east (parking lot) side of the station beginning 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

Tickets for travel from Springfield must be purchased online, via the mobile app or by phone prior to boarding.

Passengers will be limited to carry-on limits for trains unless excess carry-on was purchased in advance.

NY Penn Station Waiting Area Renovated

July 28, 2020

Amtrak said it has completed the first phase of a renovation of its waiting area for ticketed passengers at Penn Station in New York.

The waiting area is located on the Amtrak Concourse on the Upper Level and 8th Avenue side of the Station.

The project involved installation of new furniture including seats with electrical and USB outlets to charge devices, an upgraded ceiling complete with new LED lighting, a new information desk and a second entrance in close proximity to the New Jersey Transit concourse, offering access towards the 7th Avenue side of the station.

A second phase of the $7.2 million project is underway and is expected to be completed by fall this year.

A temporary space to accommodate passengers during the construction will be near Tracks 13 and 14.

The renovation of the waiting areas began in 2017 as part of a plan to modernize Amtrak stations in the Northeast Corridor.

Other completed work to date includes the new LED lighting in the rotunda area, renovated restrooms, upgraded air conditioning, new furniture in the ClubAcela lounge and rebuilding of the tracks and other infrastructure.

Work Starts on Newport News Transportation Center

July 24, 2020

A ground breaking ceremony was held this week in Newport News, Virginia, to mark the start of construction of a new transportation center that will replace the existing Amtrak station.

The $47 million project will be located at Bland Boulevard between Warwick Boulevard and Interstate 64.

The center, which is expected to open in summer 2022, will also serve Hampton Roads Transit buses, taxis and shuttles that serve Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.

“This transformational project will provide the residents of Newport News and the surrounding area enhanced transportation options with much improved passenger rail and public transit services,” Newport News Mayor McKinley Price said in a news release.

The state is providing 44 percent of the project funding, enough to pay for the Amtrak service facility.

Local and regional funds will cover the remaining cost to construct the station building, parking and perform utility work.

Amtrak to Temporarily Cease Stopping in Homewood

July 23, 2020

As a Canadian National train works at nearby Markham Yard, Amtrak’s southbound Saluki calls at the Homewood station on Aug. 8, 2008.

Amtrak will suspend train service to Homewood, Illinois, starting July 27 due to a station construction project that will extend through next spring.

Amtrak’s City of New Orleans and Chicago-Carbondale corridor trains will no longer stop in Homewood but alternative bus service will be provided between Homewood and Kankakee, Illinois.

During the construction project, which is expected to last through March 31, 2021, passenger traveling to Homewood from points south will disembark in Kankakee and ride a bus to Homewood.

Passengers would have boarded in Homewood for points south will board a bus in Kankakee and travel to Kankakee where they will board their train.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said that during the construction the boarding platform will be closed and a temporary waiting room and restrooms will be established near the station building.

Portions of the station parking lot will be closed for construction stating.

No alternative transportation is being provided between Chicago Union Station and Homewood.

However, Metra Electric trains will continue to operate between Homewood and the Millenium station in downtown Chicago.

The Amtrak charter buses operating between Homewood and Kankakee will have numbers corresponding to their connection trains: 4058, 4059, 4390 and 4393.

Although Amtrak does not provide local service between Homewood and Chicago, it does allow passengers to board in Homewood if they are connecting to other Amtrak trains at Union Station.

Such passengers may either board Amtrak in Kankakee or in Joliet, Illinois, to begin their journey to Chicago Union Station and a connection with another Amtrak train.

Contract Awarded for WUS Project

July 23, 2020

Work will begin on a construction project at Washington Union Station that Amtrak said will not affect scheduled train operations.

The project will increase the rail capacity at WUS and is known as the Track 22 Reconstruction Project.

Amtrak awarded a contract to Skanska USA Civil Northeast to oversee the rebuilding of the  platform, restoring historic columns, and constructing a new covered walkway to provide customer access to the platform via a new elevator, escalator, and stairs to the station.

In a news release, Amtrak said the track was previously used for equipment storage.

Funding is being provided in part by a $19 million grant from the Federal Railroad Administration.

The project is expected to be completed in 2022.


Salt Lake City Station Closed July 18-19

July 18, 2020

The Amtrak station in Salt Lake City will be temporarily closed on July 18 and 19.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the California Zephyr will continue to stop there but passengers will not have access to the inside of the station or restrooms.

The boarding platform will not be affected by the closure. Amtrak did not explain in the advisory why the station is being closed for two days.