Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak eastern corridor trains’

Checked Bikes Now Allowed on Pennsylvanian

October 16, 2019

It took awhile but Amtrak has formally announced the offering of checked baggage and bicycle service aboard the New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian.

The service is available at New York, Newark, Philadelphia , Lancaster, Harrisburg, Altoona, Johnstown and Pittsburgh.

The fee for a checked bike is $20. Passengers are allowed to check two bags for free.

In news release, Amtrak said only standard bicycles will be handled.

In the case of bikes with a large seat/saddle bags, handlebar bags or panniers, those items must be removed from the bike, consolidated, and checked or carried on the train.

To make a bike reservation, passengers should select “add bike” when booking travel on Amtrak.com, calling 800-USA-RAIL or visiting a staffed ticket office.

Limited space is available for checked bicycles. No box is required.

Passengers connecting in Pittsburgh with the Capitol Limited (Chicago-Washington) can check bikes and bags through to or from their destination.

Amtrak said passengers checking bikes  must arrive at the station 45 minutes before a train’s departure time to allow enough time to purchase a ticket and obtain a baggage tag and transport the bike to the baggage car.

Downeastern Schedules to Change Oct. 21

October 8, 2019

Amtrak will change the schedules of some Downeaster Service on Oct. 21, citing seasonal ridership changes.

Southbound, Train 692 will operate 30 minutes later than the current schedule while Train 696 will operate 45 minutes earlier.

Northbound, Train 691 will operate 10 minutes later than the current schedule, Train 693 will operate one hour and 40 minutes later and Train 697 will operate 45 minutes earlier.

The station stop at Old Orchard Beach, Maine, will be suspended during the off season.

Track Work to Delay Trains in Empire Corridor

October 7, 2019

Track work being performed between New York City and Albany-Rensselaer, New York, between Oct. 11 and 13 will affect operations of Amtrak’s Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, and Lake Shore Limited.

On Oct. 11, Train No. 49 will operate 15 minutes later than normal at all stations from Rhinecliff to Albany-Rensselaer, departing the latter at the normal time of 7:05 p.m.

Trains 238, 242 and 244 will depart Albany-Rensselaer up to 20 minutes later than normal and will operate on a later schedule at all stations between Albany and New York.

Train 290 will depart Albany-Rensselaer at 11:25 a.m, 15 minutes later than normal and will operate on a later schedule at all stations en route to New York.

On Oct. 12 and 13, Train 49 will operate 15 minutes later than normal at all stations between Rhinecliff and Albany-Rensselaer, but depart the latter at the normal time of 7:05 pm.

Train 68 will operate five minutes later than normal at all stations between Rhinecliff and New York.

Trains 238, 244, 256 and 260 will depart Albany-Rensselaer up to 20 minutes later than normal and will operate on a later schedule at all stations en route to New York.

Train 292 will depart Albany-Rensselaer at 2:30 p.m, 20 minutes later than normal and will operate on a later schedule at all stations en route to New York.

Train 296 will operate 10 minutes later than normal at all stations from Rhinecliff to New York.

All other trains will operate normally but may see delays up to 15 minutes through the work area.

Virginia Marking 10th Anniversary of Funding Amtrak

October 7, 2019

Virginia is marking the 10th anniversary of funding intercity rail passenger service with a special deal on Amtrak tickets.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, which sponsors Amtrak corridor service in the state to Roanoke, Newport News and Norfolk, is is partnering with Amtrak to offer $10 tickets on the Northwest Regional trains until Oct. 10.

Over 10,000 tickets already have been booked for the 10-day celebratory deal, DRPT officials said.

Virginia began funding Amtrak service on Oct. 1, 2009, with the launch of a daily round-trip from Lynchburg to Washington.

That train was later extended to Roanoke with state funding.

Baggage Car Now Operating on The Pennsylvanian

October 2, 2019

Amtrak has added a baggage car and checked luggage service to the New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian.

The service, which began on Oct. 1, provides checked luggage service at Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Altoona, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Newark and New York.

The baggage car also has space to carry up to six bicycles, which can be checked for a $20 fee to any of the aforementioned stations.

Checking of bikes and luggage is only available at stations that still have a station agent.

An online reported indicated that the baggage car was added at the insistence of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, which helps to fund the Pennsylvanian.

One Day Schedule Change Planned for Keystone Train

September 20, 2019

A planned signal system outage on Sept. 27 will result in a one-day modification to the schedule of Keystone Service Train 619.

The train will operate five minutes later to Paoli and 15 minutes later from Exton to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

 

Some Keystone Schedules Modified Through Nov. 3

September 17, 2019

The schedules of some Keystone Service trains have been adjusted through Nov. 3 due to track work.

On weekdays Train 600 will operate five minutes later from Elizabethtown to Philadelphia.

Train 648 will operate five minutes earlier from Harrisburg to Paoli and will arrive on time into Philadelphia.

Train 650 will operate five minutes earlier from Harrisburg to Paoli and one minute earlier into Philadelphia.

On weekends Train 612 will operate 10 minutes later from Harrisburg to Philadelphia while Train 670 will operate 15 minutes later from Harrisburg to Philadelphia.

On weekdays Train 641 will operate five minutes later from Elizabethtown to Middletown and three minutes later into Harrisburg.

Train 643 will operate four minutes later from Elizabethtown to Harrisburg and Train 651 will operate four minutes later from Elizabethtown to Middletown and will arrive on time into Harrisburg.

On weekends Train 611 will operate five minutes later from Elizabethtown to Harrisburg while Train 661 will operate three minutes later from Elizabethtown to Harrisburg.

At the Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, station, Track 2.

Passengers traveling to Harrisburg will need to board on Track 1.

 

Some NEC Schedules to Change Sept. 23

September 14, 2019

Some schedules in the Northeast Corridor will change on Sept. 23, the day that Amtrak plans to launch non-stop Acela Express service between New York and Washington.

Train No. 111 will depart New York 15 minutes earlier and make additional stops.

Train No. 127 will operate Wednesday through Friday between New York and Washington.

Train 151 will operate Monday and Tuesday only on a faster schedule with fewer stops.

The non-stop Acela Express trains are 2401 and 2402 and will operate  nonstop Monday through Friday between New York and Washington.

Amtrak also announced that the non-stop Acela runs will offer complimentary coffee, tea, water, and a light snack to passengers at their seats.

A cashless cart service will offer a limited menu of snacks and beverages and onboard phone charging kits for sale.

Project Affects Vermonter, Valley Flyer

September 10, 2019

A bridge project will disrupt service by Amtrak’s Vermonter and Valley Flyer Service between Sept. 10 and 12.

The Vermonter will operate between Washington and Springfield, Massachusetts with alternative transportation provided by Buses 3055 and 3056 to all intermediate stations between Springfield and St. Alban, Vermont, except Claremont, New Hampshire; and Windsor and Randolph, Vermont.

The Valley Flyer will operate only between New Haven and Springfield with no alternative service provided north of Springfield. Affected are Trains 471, 478, 494 and 495 between Springfield and Greenfield, Massachusetts.

The bridge project in Springfield involves construction of a pedestrian underpass between the Brightwood and North End neighborhoods.

Track Work to Result in Piedmont Cancellations

September 7, 2019

Track work being performed by Norfolk Southern will result in some Piedmont Service being canceled on Sept. 9 and 10.

Affected are Trains 74, 75, 76 and 77 in North Carolina between Raleigh and Charlotte.

No alternative transportation is being provided, but all Piedmont Service trains and the Carolinian will operate normally on these dates.