Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak eastern corridor trains’

Connecticut Bridge Project to Move Ahead

July 17, 2019

A federal judge last week rejected a challenge to a plan to replace a railroad bridge in Connecticut that is used by Amtrak Northeast Corridor trains.

The bridge carries four Metro North tracks over the Norwalk River at Norwalk and hosts 200 trains a day.

The 122-year-old Walk Bridge swings open to allow marine traffic to enter the river from Long Island Sound.

Marine traffic requiring the bridge to open has been declining with just 78 movements recorded since 2016.

The cost of the replacement project has been pegged by the U.S. Department of Transportation at $1.1 billion, which includes engineering, rights of way and construction costs.

The work would also involve creating a new interlocking plant, improvements to another nearby rail line and rail storage area, and other related railroad and bridge projects.

Connecticut has received $161 million in funding for the project that was awarded from a program intended to help repair infrastructure damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

CSX Track Work to Disrupt Amtrak Southeast Trains

July 16, 2019

CSX track work will cause widespread service disruptions, particularly in North Carolina, starting on July 22 and extending to Sept. 19.

The New York-Charlotte Carolinian will operate only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday over the length of its route.

On Monday through Thursday Nos. 79 and 80 will operate only between Raleigh and Charlotte.

No alternative transportation is being provided to missed stations.

Starting July 21, the northbound Silver Star will depart Miami at 3:40 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and operate as No. 1092.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said No. 1092 will operate two hours later than its published schedule from Miami to Jacksonville, Florida; three hours later from Jacksonville to Savannah, Georgia; and four hours later north of Savannah.

The northbound Star will operate on its regular schedule from Miami to New York on Thursday through Saturday. No. 1092 will stop at Wilson, North

The southbound Palmetto will operate on its normal schedule from New York to Richmond, Virginia , but starting July 22 will depart Richmond an hour later than the current schedule Monday through Thursday and continue that schedule to Savannah.

The Palmetto will operate normally Friday through Sunday.

The southbound Silver Star and northbound Palmetto will operate normally throughout the period that track work is being conducted.

Adirondack Sked Temporarily Changes

July 16, 2019

The schedule of the New York-Montreal Adirondack has changed through Aug. 30 due to expected heat restrictions being imposed by host railroad Canadian National.

No. 68 will depart Montreal 10 minutes earlier, arrive 10 minutes earlier at St. Lambert, Quebec, and arrive at current time in Rouses Point, New York.

No. 69 will depart St. Lambert 10 minutes later and arrive 10 minutes later in Montreal.


Ridership Up in May on Virginia Trains

July 12, 2019

Ridership of Amtrak Northeast Regional trains serving Virginia increased by 10 percent in May 2019 when compared with the same month a year ago.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, which funds the service, said the ridership numbers also mark a year-to-date increase of more than 5 percent over the same travel period last year.

In a news release, DRPT officials attributed the ridership increase to discounted ticket prices for last-minute trips to Virginia destinations, a promotion for Lyft riders to receive a discount to Amtrak stations, improved communications, cleaner trains and the offering of Virginia-based food options.

“Passenger rail is a critical component of Virginia’s multimodal transportation network,” said Virginia Transportation Secretary Shannon Valentine in a statement. “More affordable tickets, improved on-board amenities and better ground transportation connections are making travel by rail more reliable and enjoyable.”

The agency said upgrades are coming to the onboard Wi-Fi service.

Virginia-funded trains link Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor with the Virginia cities of Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond and Roanoke.

Service Added for Saratoga Racing Season

July 9, 2019

Starting July 13, Empire Service will run additional trains on Saturdays and Sundays. Train 296 will operate in lieu of Train 292 on Saturdays while Train 256 will operate on Saturdays in addition to its normal Sunday operation.

Train 1297 will operate on Sundays in addition to its normal Monday operation.

Keystones Continued on Modified Schedule

July 5, 2019

Keystone trains scheduled to operate to and from Philadelphia include Nos. 600, 607, 609, 622, 639, 640, 641, 643, 646, 647, 648, 650, 651, 652, 653, 654, 655, 656 & 658.

The  Pennsylvanian, which operates between New York and Pittsburgh will operate on its normal schedule.

Amtrak said that between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, there will be 16 Keystone trains, eight in each direction.

Keystone Service Disrupted

July 3, 2019

Amtrak is operating its Keystone Service on a modified scheduled today (July 3, 2019) after a severe storm damaged the overheard power system and other infrastructure.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said it will provide limited service between Philadelphia and New York, but trains are not operating between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Amtrak said it will announce by early afternoon today what service will be provided this evening and on the July 4th holiday.

Workers are repairing the overhead power system and other damage.

Travel south of Philadelphia on the Northeast Corridor is largely unaffected.

Penn Station Work Disrupts Schedules

July 2, 2019

During the period Northeast Regional Trains 110 and 127 will be cancelled. while Keystone Train 640 will terminate in Newark and Train 643 will originate in Newark.

The Cardinal No. 51 will depart New York early on weekdays only while the Maple Leaf Train 63 and Adirondack Train 69 will run as a combination train on Train 63’s schedule. The trains will split at Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

Specific schedule changes include:

Train 51 will depart New York 35 minutes earlier than scheduled, at 6:10 a.m., and will resume normal schedule at Philadelphia.

Trains 63 and 69 will run on their separate, regularly scheduled times on weekends and July 4. Train 63 will depart Albany 20 minutes later than scheduled on weekdays and 25 minutes later than scheduled from Niagara Falls. Train 69 will depart at the scheduled time from Albany on weekdays

Derailment Disrupts Norfolk Service

June 27, 2019

Amtrak service to Norfolk, Virginia, was suspended after a Norfolk Southern coal train derailed on Tuesday morning.

One pair of Amtrak Northeast Regional Service (Nos. 93 and 94) that normally operated between Norfolk and Boston terminated and originated in Richmond, Virginia.

Another pair of trains (Nos. 84 and 95) were operating between Boston and Washington.

The derailment occurred in Chesapeake, Virginia. There were no injuries.

Resumption of Amtrak service hinged upon the derailment site being cleaned up and the tracks reopened.

Newark Airport Station to Temporarily Close

June 16, 2019

Amtrak said in a service advisory that passengers traveling to Newark Liberty Airport will need to access shuttle buses at Raymond Plaza West, in the front of Newark Penn Station.

The Newark Penn Station waiting room will be open during this time, but no seating will be available.

Buses will “load and go” and will not follow train schedules.

New Jersey Transit personnel will check New Jersey Transit and Amtrak tickets as passengers board the bus.