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Track Work Affects 2 Amtrak Trains

October 24, 2017

Amtrak said in a service advisory that track work being performed by Central Florida Rail will affect the northbound Silver Star schedule on Oct. 27.

Train 92 that departs Miami will operate as Train 1192 and depart all stations 2 hours, 35 minutes earlier than the normal Silver Star schedule.

In a similar development, track work being performed by CSX will affect Northeast Regional Train 83 between in Virginia between Richmond and Newport News on Nov. 3.

It will operate normally from Boston to Richmond-Staples Mill Road, but will not stop at Richmond-Main Street, Williamsburg or Newport News. Alternate transportation will not be provided.

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NOLA Service Suspended Due to Hurricane Nate

October 9, 2017

Amtrak suspended service to New Orleans on all routes over the weekend due to the approach of Hurricane Nate.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the Sunset Limited would terminate and originate in San Antonio with no alternate transportation available between San Antonio and New Orleans. Trains 1 & 2 normally operate three-days-weekly between Los Angeles and New Orleans.

The Crescent terminated and originated in Birmingham, Alabama with no alternate transportation available between Birmingham and New Orleans.

The City of New Orleans originated and terminated in Jackson, Mississippi, with no alternate transportation available between Jackson and New Orleans.

As of Monday morning, Amtrak had not announced on its website when service to New Orleans and other affected intermediate stations would resume.

Track Work to Disrupt LSL Boston Section

September 30, 2017

Track work being performed by CSX will affect operations of the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited between Oct. 1 and 27.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the work will affect Trains 448 and 449, on the dates indicated below:

Train 448 will not operate on Sundays through Thursdays while Train 449 will be affected on Monday through Friday.

Passengers on Train 448 who are traveling to Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester, Framingham, and Boston (South Station) will get off the train at Albany on the Sunday through Thursday where they will board a bus to complete their journey to their destination.

On the weekdays indicated above, Train 449 will not operate between Boston (South Station) and Albany. Passengers boarding at Boston (South Station), Framingham, Worcester, Springfield, Pittsfield will travel by bus to Albany, where they will transfer to westbound Train 49, making all remaining stops on the route.

During this period, Trains 448 and 449 will not stop at Boston Back Bay, and bus service will not be provided.

Passengers can take MBTA commuter rail for travel to or from Boston South Station. Train 448 customers can also take the MBTA subway Orange Line to Downtown Crossing and transfer to the Red line to Boston South Station. Train 449 customers can use reverse directions.

Passengers at Boston South Station should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

Passengers at Framingham will board all buses at the drop-off/pick-up area at the Track 2 platform (at Waverly Street).

The Worcester station is not staffed so passengers should check with station security personnel for the location to board the bus, which is being provided by Premier Bus Lines.

Bus Replacing Boston Section of LSL for Track Work

September 21, 2017

The Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited will be affected on select dates Sept. 15-25 due to track work being performed by Keolis/MBTA.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said passengers on Train 48 who are traveling to Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester, Framingham, and Boston (South Station) will get off the train at Albany on the dates below and travel by bus to and from all stations, except Boston Back Bay.

  • Friday, Sept. 15 through Saturday, Sunday, Sept. 17
  • Friday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 24

Train 449 will not operate between Boston (South Station) and Albany on the dates below. Passengers boarding at Boston (South Station), Framingham, Worcester, Springfield, Pittsfield will be provided bus service to Albany, where they will transfer to westbound Train 49 to their destination.

  • Saturday, Sept.  16 through Monday, Sept.  18
  • Saturday, Sept.  23 through Monday, Sept.  25

Service at Boston Back Bay station is cancelled and bus service will not be provided. Passengers for Back Bay can contact MBTA for travel to and from Boston Back Bay.

Passengers at Boston South Station should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

Passengers at Framingham, will board all buses at the drop-off/pick-up area track 2 platform (at Waverly Street)

Passengers at Worcester should go downstairs to the intercity bus area and board the bus marked Premier Bus.

Amtrak Restoring Southeast Service

September 18, 2017

Amtrak said on Monday that all trains to and from Florida will return to regular operations after service was temporarily disrupted due to severe weather stemming from Hurricane Irma.

The Silver Meteor from New York to Miami will resume scheduled service on Tuesday (Sept, 19) while its northbound counterpart will depart Miami for the first time on Wednesday (Sept. 20)

The Silver Star will will resume scheduled service between Jacksonville and Miami on Tuesday while its northbound counterpart will resume departing from Miami on Thursday (Sept. 21.) The Star is currently operating only between New York and Jacksonville.

No Word on Restoration of Amtrak SE Service

September 18, 2017

As of mid afternoon today, Amtrak has not said when full service will be restored to the Southeast.

The latest service advisory was posted on Friday afternoon and indicated that the Silver Star had been restored between New York and Jacksonville, Florida.

However, the Silver Meteor remains suspended over its entire route between New York and Miami, and the Silver Star is not operating south of Jacksonville.

The Auto-Train was to be fully restored today in both directions.

Amtrak Begins Restoring Southeast Service

September 14, 2017

Amtrak service restoration to the Southeast begins today when the southbound Palmetto will resume service from New York to Savannah, Georgia.

The northbound Palmetto will operate for the first time on Friday since being suspended in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Irma last weekend.

The service restoration also includes related Amtrak Thruway Bus connections.

The Silver Star will resume operation on Friday between New York and Jacksonville, Florida. The trains will add a stop at Jesup, Georgia.

Service remains suspended between Jacksonville and Miami via via Orlando and Tampa.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the New York-Miami Silver Meteor and the Auto Train between Lorton, Virginia, and Sanford, Florida, remain suspended. No service resumption date was provided in the service advisory.

Sunset Ltd to Return, More Cancellations Announced

September 9, 2017

One pair of Amtrak trains is set to return, but much of Amtrak’s service in the Southeast is going to be suspended due to impending Hurricane Irma.

Amtrak said on Friday that the Sunset Limited will resume operating the length of its route between New Orleans and Los Angeles next week.

Service will resumes effective with the departures of Train 2 on Sept. 13 from Los Angeles and Train 1 on Sept. 16, from New Orleans.

Operations of the Sunset Limited has been suspended between New Orleans and San Antonio due to flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area.

In the meantime Hurricane Irma is set to make landfall on Florida this weekend and Amtrak has canceled numerous trains in anticipation.

The Silver Star and Silver Meteor from Miami to New York are cancelled for Sept. 9 – 11. The Silver Service trains from New York to Miami are cancelled for Sept. 8 – 10.

The southbound Auto Train is cancelled through Sept. 9. The northbound Auto Train is cancelled on Sept. 9 – 11.

The southbound Palmetto from New York City to Savannah, Georgia, is cancelled from Sept. 9 – 12. Its northbound counterpart is canceled between Sept. 10-13.

Schedule track work that was to be performed by Norfolk Southern in North Carolina has been canceled due to the impending storm.

Therefore the Carolinian and Piedmont trains that were to have been canceled for the track work on Sept. 12 will operate as scheduled.

Approach of Hurricane Irma Prompts Cancellations

September 7, 2017

Amtrak is canceling is Florida trains ahead of Hurricane Irma.

In a service advisory issued last night, Amtrak said the Silver Star and Silver Meteor are canceled Sept. 9-11.

The Silver Star will operate from New York City to Orlando, Florida, today. The Silver Meteor will operate from New York to Jacksonville, Florida. But the Florida trains are are cancelled for Sept. 8-10 the length of their routes.

The southbound Auto Train is cancelled for Sept. 9 while the northbound Auto Train is cancelled on Sept. 10 and 11.

In the meantime, though, the passenger carrier is adding coaches to northbound trains and hosting sellout crowds.

The northbound Silver Star on Friday will leave Miami an hour and five minutes after the Silver Meteor, at 9:15 a.m.

The Silver Service trains have been operating this week with five coaches this week although the northbound Silver Meteor today will have six instead of the usual four.

Amtrak plans to hold its Florida-bound trains at Jacksonville from Friday through at least Monday.

New Station Being Built in N. Charleston, SC

August 24, 2017

A groundbreaking ceremony was to be held today to launch construction of a new intermodal station in North Charleston, South Carolina.

The new city-owned facility will be built next to the existing Amtrak Station on Gaynor Street.

Once opened in late 2018, the 15,000-square foot facility will serve Amtrak, Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority buses and Southeastern Stages. Uber and taxi companies will have access to the facility.

The North Charleston Intermodal Transportation Center is projected to cost $15 million.

Much of the funding is being provided by the Federal Transit Administration, with Charleston County, North Charleston and the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority also contributing.

“We were, quite honestly, ashamed 20 years ago of where people got off the train in North Charleston,” Mayor Keith Summey said. “Now, people who travel out of Charleston and into the area will have a great place to stop that we as citizens can be proud of as a welcoming area.”

The railroad station was built in the 1950s with separate waiting rooms, restrooms and water fountains for whites and blacks.

A rash of burglaries in the 1980s prompted the station to be enclosed by a fence topped with barb wire that some said made it look more like a jail than a railroad depot.

“We anticipate not having barbed wire up at the new building,” said North Charleston Project Manager Adam MacConnell. “It will be more of a park-like setting. There will be little walking trails where people can get out and sit on benches under some of the grand oaks that are out there.”

The city will kick in about $100,000 annually to make up for an anticipated shortfall in operating costs.

The station will have offices for the tenants, a meeting room and a room for a history display on the surrounding Liberty Hill neighborhood, North Charleston’s oldest community.

A plan 10 years ago to establish an Amtrak station on land owned by CARTA on West Montague Avenue failed to pan out because CSX feared that Amtrak trains might impede rail freight traffic at its nearby Bennett Yard.

Instead, the proposed intermodal facility was revived for the Gaynor Avenue site and scaled back to about half its original planned size.

The current Amtrak station will continue in service until the new intermodal facility is complete.

Amtrak serves North Charleston with its New York-Miami Silver Meteor and New York-Savannah, Georgia, Palmetto.