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Increased Holiday Capacity Set for Pa. Trains

November 15, 2018

Amtrak will increase capacity of its Keystone Service trains as well as the New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian to accommodate an expected increase in Thanksgiving week travel.

The carrier said all passengers traveling on those trains will need to make reservations for travel between Nov. 20-25.

Reservations will not be required for monthly and ten-ride ticket holders.

On Thanksgiving Day, Keystone Service trains will operate on a Saturday schedule.

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PTC Operating on Capitol Corridor

November 15, 2018

Positive train control has been installed and tested on the route in California used by Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor trains.

The development was announced by the Capital Corridor Joint Powers Authority, Amtrak and Union Pacific Railroad

The segment extends for 170 miles between San Jose and Auburn, California.

Amtrak’s California Zephyr and San Joaquin trains also use portions of the route.

In a news release, the CCJPA said it received Federal Railroad Administration approval on Oct. 24 to begin implementation of PTC.

Testing of the PTC system on the route had begun in July and PTC was enabled on a limited number of trains that were rotated throughout shared fleets of the Capital Corridor.

In early October, Amtrak deployed PTC on four weekday trains to test PTC on the Capitol Corridor route.

Service Canceled Due to Hurricane Michael

October 10, 2018

Amtrak is canceling service in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Michael.

In a service advisory issued on Tuesday, the passenger carrier said that the Silver Star (Nos. 91 and 92) will operate between Miami and Jacksonville, Florida, effective Oct. 10.

No alternate transportation is being provided between Jacksonville and New York City.

The Palmetto (Nos. 89 and 90) will operate only between New York and Washington with no alternate transportation provided between Washington and Savannah. This change is effective Oct. 11,

Michael is to come ashore in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday and turn east toward the routes used by the affected two trains.

Flooding earlier affected operations of two other routes.

The Southwest Chief detoured in Kansas due to the threat of flooding along the Little Arkansas River.

No. 3, which departed Chicago on Tuesday, and No. 4, which departed Los Angeles on Monday, traversed a former Rock Island line between Hutchinson and Topeka. Those tracks are now owned by Union Pacific.

Chartered buses served passengers traveling to and from Newton, which was the only missed station.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the detour could continue for multiple days if needed.

The northbound Heartland Flyer was affected by a track washout in southern Oklahoma delayed passengers after heavy rainfall on Sunday afternoon damaged the tracks between Gene Autry and Davis.

The train was halted in Ardmore and passengers were transported by bus to all stops en route to Oklahoma City.

Many passengers aboard the Flyer had attended the annual Red River Showdown football game in Dallas between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas.

SB Illini To Run Later on Weekdays

August 29, 2018

Train work being conducted by Canadian National will result in the southbound Illini operating 1 hour and 15 minutes later on weekdays between Sept. 4 and 21.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the schedule change will be in effect for the length of the train’s route from Chicago to Carbondale, Illinois.

The schedule for Train 393 will not change on Saturdays and Sundays.

Brightline Reports Ridership, Revenue

July 7, 2018

Brightline recently reported that it earned $663,000 in fare revenue and carried 74,800 passengers between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, during its first three months of revenue service.

Ridership was split between 34,200 in select class and 40,600 in smart class.

None of the figures include ridership since Brightline expanded service to Miami in mid May.

Brightline has consistently declined to provide ridership and revenue data during its early months of operation, saying it was concerned that that information could be misinterpreted.

The ridership and revenue figures reported were required by Brightline’s $600 million private activity bond offering.

Shreveport Thruway Station Moved

June 8, 2018

Amtrak Thruway Service connecting Shreveport, Louisiana, with Texas Eagle train service at Longview, Texas, has been moved from the Shreveport International Airport to the new SporTran Intermodal Terminal, located just outside of downtown Shreveport.

The address for the new facility is 1237 Murphy Street, Shreveport, LA 71101

Greyhound Thruway service, connecting Shreveport with the City of New Orleans at Jackson, Mississippi, and with the Crescent at Meridian, Mississippi, will relocate to the SporTran Intermodal Terminal, on a future date.

Until that date is finalized by Greyhound, its Thruway service will continue to be offered to/from the existing Greyhound station in Shreveport.

Track Work to Disrupt Coast Starlight

May 22, 2018

Union Pacific track work will disrupt the operations of Amtrak’s Coast Starlight late this month and early next month in Oregon.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said that on May 28 and 29 and on June 5, Train No. 11 will terminate at Eugene. Buses will transport passengers between Eugene and Klamath Falls, stopping at Chemult.

The train may be delayed between 30 and 60 minutes departing Klamath Falls.

On the same dates, Train No. 14 will terminate at Klamath Falls with buses operating between Klamath Falls and Eugene, stopping at Chemult.

A connection to Train No. 28, the eastbound Empire Builder, at Portland will be made via Bus 5528 at Eugene.

On the days of service disruptions, Train No. 14 may be delayed between 6 and 7 hours.

On June 5, Train No. 14 will not depart Klamath Falls until 10:45 a.m.

Empire Corridor Service Disruptions Set, Trains to Use New York Grand Central Terminal

May 21, 2018

Amtrak has announced its plans to divert most trains using the Empire Corridor between New York and Albany-Rensselaer, New York, to Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

The diversion will last between May 26 and Sept. 3 and result in the New York section of the Lake Shore Limited being terminated at Albany.

Passengers traveling to and from New York on Trains 48 and 49 will make an across the platform transfer at Albany-Rensselaer.

Passengers on No. 48 will transfer at Albany to Train 244 bound Grand Central Terminal.

Passengers originating in New York and ticketed aboard No. 49 will use Trains 291, 255 or 295 from Grand Central Terminal and Albany.

The Lake Shore Limited during the summer will travel between Chicago and Boston.

Train 449 will depart Albany 30 minutes later than scheduled with other minor timing adjustments.

Empire Corridor trains that will service Grand Central include Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Adirondack and Maple Leaf trains.

Trains arriving at and departing from Grand Central Terminal will operate on an adjusted schedule and passengers are urged to contact Amtrak for schedule information.

Amtrak personnel will be available at Grand Central Terminal between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily, to answer questions and provide information. The station also has an information kiosk.

Passengers transferring between New York Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal are being referred to taxi and local transit options. Amtrak is not providing transfer service. The two terminals are located about a mile apart.

Checked baggage service will not be available at Grand Central Terminal.

The service disruptions are being prompted by an infrastructure renewal program at New York Penn Station that also include work on the route leading into the terminal from the Empire Corridor.

Trains To Make Stops in Thomasville, NC

May 21, 2018

Amtrak has announced that select Piedmont and Carolinian trains will make a special stop at Thomasville, North Carolina, on May 28 for the city’s Memorial Day events.

These include Train 80 at 8:10 a.m., Train 73 at 8:45 a.m.,Train 74 at 1:13 p.m., and Train 75 at 1:45 p.m.

Thomasville is not a scheduled stop for the New York-Charlotte Carolinian or any of the Raleigh-Charlotte Piedmont trains.

Track Work Affects Downeasters

May 21, 2018

Due to track work being performed by Pan Am Railways, Downeaster Trains 683 and 684 will be cancelled on May 22 and 23, with no alternate transportation provided.

This in addition to track work being performed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority that had led to the cancellation of Downeaster trains at  Woburn on Saturdays and Sundays through May 27.

Affected are Nos. 690, 692, 694, 696, 698, 691, 693, 695, 697 and 699, all of which will detour between Boston North Station and Haverhill.

Alternate transportation will not be provided by Amtrak to or from Woburn.