Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak eastern corridor trains’

Roanoke Service to Begin Oct. 31

July 19, 2017

Roanoke, Virginia, will rejoin the Amtrak network on Oct. 31.

Tickets are not yet being sold and the schedule has not yet been announced, but Roanoke will be served by an existing Northeast Regional train that will travel to and from Washington with continuing service to New York.

There is expected to be one roundtrip a day, leaving Roanoke at approximately 6:20 a.m. and returning before 10 p.m.

On Oct. 30, a publicity special will arrive at the Roanoke station, which is still under construction, at about noon for a ribbon cutting-type event.

Amtrak previously served Roanoke with The Hilltopper, which operated between Washington and Catlettsburg, Kentucky. That train made its last trips on Sept. 30, 1979.

Workers are constructing a boarding platform along Norfolk Avenue near the city bus station.

The finished station will feature a canopied boarding platform about 800 feet long. It will be a high-level platform.

Downeaster Service Beat FY2017 Ridership Goal

July 17, 2017

Amtrak’s Downeaster service carried more than 511,000 passengers during fiscal year 2017, which ended June 30. That was an increase over 2016 ridership and 2017 ridership goals by 9 percent.

The route between Boston North Station and Brunswick, Maine, saw its heaviest ridership during July and September 2016 and during January, February, April, and June 2017.

The record for patronage was posted in 2014 when the Downeasters hosted 518,000 passenger trips.

The service began in December 2001 between Portland, Maine, and Boston and was extended to Brunswick in November 2012.

Carolinian Multi-Ride Restrictions Remain in NEC

July 12, 2017

Amtrak advises that its multi-ride ticket restrictions for Train No. 79, the Carolinian, remain in effect.

The carrier made the announcement because Train 79 departs New York Penn Station at 7:25 a.m. and Northeast Regional Train 183, which departs New York at 7:05 a.m. has been cancelled through Sept. 1.

Amtrak said in a service advisory that additional seating has been provided on select Northeast Corridor trains for multi-ride tickets holders.

Passengers are urged to contact Amtrak for other schedule options.

Multi-Ride Tickets are available for travel on many routes, but restrictions vary by route, destination and time of day. Multi-ride tickets may not be used on long-distance trains, certain segments of short-distance trains or Acela Express trains.

Vermonter Resumes Running to St. Albans

July 6, 2017

Amtrak’s Vermonter on Wednesday resumed operating the full length of its route after repairs were made to the tracks that it uses.

Last weekend heavy rains washed out portions of the New England Central’s Roxbury Subdivision, which led Amtrak to terminate the train in Windsor, Vermont, and send passengers north of there by bus.

The first southbound train operated today from the northern terminus at St. Albans, Vermont.

Flooding Cancels Vermonter

July 5, 2017

Flooding in Vermont last weekend forced cancellation of Amtrak’s Vermonter north of Windsor, Vermont.

The flooding was triggered by storms that brought more than 6 inches of rain on Saturday and damaged the roadbed of host railroad New England Central.

New reports said that the northbound No. 55  departed Bellows Falls, Vermont, with the warning to watch for flood damage and to operate at restricted speed.

Track inspectors found washouts and washovers on the train’s route at White River Junction between mileposts 15 and 18.

Amtrak annulled the train at Windsor and passengers were put on buses to complete their journey.

Passengers were still being bused as of early this week.

Downeastern to Skip Woburn, Passengers to be Bused

June 20, 2017

Amtrak’s Downeaster Service will not serve Woburn, Massaschusetts on Saturday and Sundays on June 24 and 25, and July 22 and 23.

The service disruption is due to weekend track work being performed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said Southbound trains will operate normally between Brunswick and Haverhill.

At Haverhill, customers will transfer to a bus that will operate nonstop to Boston North Station.

Northbound trains will be replaced with buses operating nonstop from Boston North Station to Haverhill.

At Haverhill, customers will transfer to Downeaster trains, serving all remaining stations on the route.

Amtrak said this information is subject to change without notice.

Piedmont Disruptions Set for June 19

June 14, 2017

Norfolk Southern track work on June 19 will result in the cancellation of some Amtrak Piedmont trains and a shortened route for other trains.

Trains 73 and 76 will be canceled and no alternative service provided. Nos. 74 and 75 will operate only between Raleigh and Greensboro, North Carolina, only.

There will be no service at the other stations served of High Point, Salisbury, Kannapolis and Charlotte.

6 Empire Service Trains Expected to use Grand Central

June 13, 2017

Six Amtrak Empire Service trains are expected to use Grand Central Terminal in New York City starting July 10 when track work begins at Penn Station.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority Interim Executive Director Veronique Hakim said MTA and Amtrak have reached an agreement for sharing Grand Central.

“They will be bringing a small part of their Empire Service into Grand Central,” she said. “We think they’re looking at six trains, three in or three out. That could provide some relief at Penn (Station) as well.”

Amtrak has still not said which Empire Service trains will use Grand Central, but has announced that it would do so soon. Amtrak plans to use Grand Central until Sept. 1.

Empire Service trains are funded by the State of New York. Most of the service operates between Albany-Rensselaer and New York City, but some trains originate in Niagara Falls, New York.

Amtrak has not used Grand Central since 1991 when it moved to Penn Station all trains using the former New York Central mainline into New York along the Hudson River.

Downeaster Fares May be Rising

June 7, 2017

Amtrak may raise fare on its Downeastern route. The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, which pays for the service, is seeking public comment on the proposed fare hike.

The increase would be $1 one way or all trains and would create a new fare structure for one-way fares on the connecting bus that operates between Boston and Exeter, New Hampshire.

The NNEPR is recommending a $20 increase in monthly pass fares to and from Boston.

The fare increase is expected to increase Downeaster revenue by $287,000 annually.

In part, the fare increase is a response to falling ridership and revenue, which peaked in 2014 at 520,000 passengers and $8.6 million in revenue.

Coments are being accepted through June 25 at info@nnepra.com or at the website www.amtrakdowneaster.com.

Amtrak Crews Qualifying for Roanoke Service

June 6, 2017

Amtrak crews are making non-revenue runs over Norfolk Southern tracks between Lynchburg and Roanoke, Virginia, to become qualified on the line.

Service is expected to begin this fall by extending an existing Northeast Regional service roundtrip to Roanoke.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation will fund the service. Efforts to restore Amtrak service to Roanoke have been ongoing for four years.

Roanoke was last served by the Hilltopper, which was discontinued on Oct. 1, 1979. That train operated between New York and Catlettsburg, Kentucky.

The route of the planned service to Roanoke will use a different route than the Hilltopper.

The latter train operated via Peterburg and Richmond, Virginia, whereas the Northeast Regional service will use the route of the New York-New Orleans Crescent north of Lynchburg via Charlottesville.

The service to Roanoke will be the fourth expansion of intercity passenger rail in the Commonwealth of Virginia since 2009 following new or additional trains to Lynchburg, Richmond, and Norfolk.

“The effort to expand rail options in Virginia has been made possible by the Commonwealth’s more than $100 million strategic investment in Norfolk Southern’s rail infrastructure, which makes this intercity passenger service extension possible,” Amtrak said in a statement. “Amtrak and DRPT continue a partnership to provide more intercity passenger rail travel in Virginia. Instead of driving on congested highway corridors like I-81, Route 29, I-95, and Route 460, travelers can use rail as a way to expand mobility and increase connectivity for travel throughout the regions served along the Northeast Corridor.”