Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak eastern corridor trains’

Rail Pass Offered for Downeaster Service

June 18, 2018

The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority and Amtrak have introduced discounted fares through the Discover Maine Rail Pass.

The pass is valid for 10 one-way trips on the Amtrak Downeaster between any Maine station within a seven-day period for an introductory price of $19 per person.

In a news release, Amtrak said the pass is designed to encourage car-free travel within the state and highlight the popular Maine destinations served by the Downeaster.

Although the pass is being promoted to tourists at hotels, B&Bs and campgrounds along the Downeaster route, it is available through all of Amtrak’s distribution channels including online, mobile app, station ticketing kiosks and call center.

The NNEPRA manages the service and provides funding to support it.

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CSX Track Work to Disrupt North Carolina Service

June 1, 2018

CSX track work will disrupt operations of Amtrak’s Palmetto, Carolinian and Silver Star on June 4-5.

On June 5, Train No. 92 will be renumbered 1092 and depart Miami three hours later than the current schedule, at 2:50 p.m. It will operate on this later schedule through to New York.

On June 5, Trains 79 and 80 will operate only between Rocky Mount and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Service will be canceled between New York and Rocky Mount, with no alternate transportation provided.

Nos. 89 and 90 will operate only between New York and Washington. No alternative service is being provided between Washington and Savannah, Georgia.

Assigned Seats Available on Acela

June 1, 2018

Amtrak is now offering assigned seating in first class on its Acela Express trains.

Select trains will offer passengers a single or double seat, a window or an aisle, or a two- or four-person conference table.

In a news release Amtrak said it will introduce seat assignments on more Acela trains later this year.

Amtrak had been using a first-come, first-served seating policy, which has occasionally led to passengers being unable to find seats during holidays and peak seasons.

Passengers will be able to change their assigned seat without charge prior to boarding using Amtrak’s website or mobile app, or with a ticket agent.

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.

Sleek Acela

May 15, 2018

Amtrak’s Acela Express equipment doesn’t look anything like what used to operate in the Northeast Corridor.

That is by design. Acela more closely resembles the sleek, streamlined look of European or Japanese high-speed trains than it does the boxy Metroliner of the 1960s and beyond.

The equipment used in Acela service is not, relatively speaking, all that old.

Already Amtrak has plans to replace it and the trainset seen above cruising through the Newark Liberty International Airport station is slated to be replaced by early 2023.

Such are the priorities for Amtrak’s top “glamour” train in its most important corridor in terms of traffic.

NEC Wi-Fi Getting an Upgrade

May 15, 2018

Amtrak is upgrading Wi-Fi service in the Northeast Corridor by installing new equipment on its passenger cars.

In a news release, the carrier said the upgrades will provide a more reliable and easier connection to high-speed broadband.

The cars will receive upgraded processors and modem cards, and new antennas that will improve speed.

Amtrak said this will allow for quicker loading times for webpages and other content, the ability to send and receive files faster, and improved video streaming and audio performance.

The carrier said that passengers cars used by Acela Express trains are already benefiting from performance tuning, including improved stability and reliability of VPN connections for passengers accessing corporate networks.

Later this summer, Amtrak will roll out a new, simplified Wi-Fi home page.

Amtrak said that on average, there are 20,000 Wi-Fi sessions daily on NEC trains with more than 70 percent of devices aboard Acela trains connected to Amtrak’s Wi-Fi network.

The average session time on Northeast Regional trains is 1 hour, 41 minutes, while on Acela it is 2 hours and 9 minutes.

Amtrak is also upgrading Wi-Fi at 29 stations throughout its national network.

Acela Trainsets Getting Refurbished

May 15, 2018

Amtrak plans to refurbish the interiors of its 20 Acela Express trainsets over the next 10 months.

The program will involve 100 cars and 6,080 seats with each receiving new cushions and covers for all business class and first-class seats, new carpeting for the aisle runner and a deep clean. The project will cost more than $4 million.

The first refurbished trainset will enter revenue service this month with two train sets per month being renovated and returned to service.

In a news release Amtrak said schedules will no change during the program.

Materials from the existing Acela cushions and covers will recycled and turned into carpet padding while the leather will be recycled into handbags, wallets and other consumer goods.

Amtrak is in the process of acquiring new equipment for Acela Express service with the first prototype expected to begin testing next year.

The first new trainset is expected to start revenue service in 2019 and all existing Acela Express trainsets are expected to be retired in early 2022.

Keystone Schedules Adjusted for Track Work

May 7, 2018

Track work being performed in Pennsylvania  between Paoli and Thorndale, will result in minor schedule changes for Keystone Service trains between May 19 and June 10.

Between May 19 to June 10 Train 660 will operate 5 minutes early from Harrisburg to Philadelphia.

Between June 9 and 10 Trains 611, 615, 661, 663, 667, 669 and 671 will operate 10 minutes later Paoli to Middletown and 20 minutes later to Harrisburg.

Downeasters to Miss Woburn on April 14

April 12, 2018

Track work being performed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on April 14 will result in certain Downeaster trains missing the station stop at Woburn, Massachusetts.

Trains 690, 692, 694, 696, 698, 691, 693, 695, 697 and 699 will detour between Boston North Station and Haverhill, thus missing Woburn.

Amtrak said in a service advisory that alternate transportation will not be provided to or from Woburn.