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Keystone Service Schedules Modified

March 27, 2021

Effective through April 16 Amtrak Keystone Service schedules will change due to construction along the route.

Train 664 will depart Harrisburg at 9:20 a.m., operating 10 minutes earlier from Harrisburg to Philadelphia.

Train 611 will operate 20 minutes later from Ardmore to Harrisburg, arriving in Harrisburg at 9:35 a.m.

Train 615 will operate 20 minutes later from Paoli to Harrisburg, arriving in Harrisburg at 4:02 p.m.

Train 661 will depart 5 minutes earlier from Philadelphia and operate 15 minutes later from Ardmore to Harrisburg, arriving in Harrisburg at 10:35 a.m.

Train 663 will depart 5 minutes later from Philadelphia and operate 25 minutes later from Ardmore to Harrisburg, arriving in Harrisburg at 1:10 p.m.

Train 665 will depart 5 minutes later from Philadelphia and operate 25 minutes later from Ardmore to Harrisburg, arriving in Harrisburg at 5:00 p.m.

Train 667 will operate 20 minutes later from Ardmore to Harrisburg, arriving in Harrisburg at 7:05 p.m.

Train 669 will operate 20 minutes later from Ardmore to Harrisburg, arriving in Harrisburg at 9:05 p.m.

Train 646will depart Harrisburg at 9:04 a.m., operating 5 minutes later from Harrisburg to Philadelphia.

Train 666 will depart Harrisburg at 11:35 a.m., operating 15 minutes later from Harrisburg to Philadelphia.

Train 652 will depart Harrisburg at 3:05 p.m., operating 10 minutes later from Harrisburg to Philadelphia.

Train 620 will depart Harrisburg at 8:35 p.m., operating 5 minutes later from Harrisburg to Philadelphia.

Train 605 will operate 10 minutes later from Coatesville to Harrisburg, arriving in Harrisburg at 8:25 a.m.

Train 641 will operate 10 minutes later from Coatesville to Harrisburg, arriving in Harrisburg at 10:56 a.m.

Train 645 will operate 10 minutes later from Coatesville to Harrisburg, arriving in Harrisburg at 3:45 p.m.

Passengers traveling on Trains 605, 641 and 645 will need to board on the normal eastbound platform at Coatesville and Parkesburg.

New York Express in Lancaster

February 3, 2021

The New York Express is makings its station stop in Lancaster, Pennsylvania July 2, 1995. Although known as Train No. 644, today this train is simply known as Keystone Service.

Storm Continues to Disrupt Amtrak in the East

February 2, 2021

Amtrak said Monday afternoon that it will continue to suspend some services while modifying others in the East due to a severe winter storm.

Service between New York and Boston, and between New York and Albany-Rensselaer, New York, was suspended at 3 p.m. Monday due to the closure of Metro-North railroad tracks used by Amtrak.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said modified schedules will operate on Tuesday for Acela service between Boston and Washington, Northeast Regional service between Boston and Virginia via New York and Washington, Keystone Service between New York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, via Philadelphia, and Empire Service between New York and Albany-Rensselaer.

Passengers were advised to contact 800-USA-RAILto determine if their train has been affected.

The latest train operation information is also available at Amtrak.com; via the Amtrak app; or by receiving email or text messages about specific trains, a service available at Amtrak.com/DelayAlerts

Information is also posted on Twitter at @AmtrakNEC and @AmtrakAlerts.

Storms Disrupt Amtrak on East, West Coasts

February 1, 2021

A winter storm on Sunday prompted Amtrak to cancel several services in the East.

Among them was the New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian. Keystone Service between New York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, via Philadelphia operated on a limited schedule.

Also operating on limited or modified schedules was Northeast Regional Service between Boston and Virginia, and Empire Service between New York and Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

All Acela service between Boston and Washington was canceled.

In a related development, storms on the West Coast also caused service suspensions and cancellation over the weekend.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said all service between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, California, has been suspended until further notice because of storm damage on the Union Pacific line along the Pacific Coast.

Pacific Surfliners that normally serve San Luis Obispo originated and terminated in Santa Barbara Sunday and Monday.

Alternative bus service was provided to San Luis Obispo.

Also affected was the Coast Starlight. In a Twitter message, Amtrak said the Starlight would be originating and terminating on Monday in Oakland, California.

Keystone Service Slashed With Little Notice

January 6, 2021

With little advance notice Amtrak on Monday slashed Keystone Service in Pennsylvania, citing low patronage.

The state-funded service between New York and Harrisburg via Philadelphia was cut to seven weekday roundtrips with six on weekends.

Three of the roundtrips will operate between New York and Harrisburg while other trains will operate between Harrisburg and Philadelphia.

The new schedule boosts Harrisburg-New York service by one roundtrip.

Six roundtrips plus one additional westbound train have been suspended on weekdays. On weekends, three trains have been suspended.

An Amtrak announcement said the cuts were made “in order to adapt to changing demand.”

It was not the first change to Keystone Service since the COVID-19 pandemic intensified last March.

The service had been cut last spring when the New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian also was suspended. The Keystone Service cuts and the Pennsylvanian were restored last June

Weekday trains will now depart Harrisburg for Philadelphia at 5, 6:40 and 8:59 a.m. and 12:05, 3:05, 4:30 and 8:35 p.m.

The 5, 8:59 and 3:05 trains continue to New York Penn Station, which Amtrak is now referring to as the Moynihan Train Hall.

Trains leave Philadelphia for Harrisburg at 5:20, 6:20, and 8:45 a.m. and 1:35, 3:45, 5:35 and 6:42 p.m. Trains leave New York for Harrisburg at 7:17 a.m. and 4:03 and 5:10 p.m.

The schedules and services of the Pennsylvanian are unchanged.

The weekend schedule has trains leaving Harrisburg for Philadelphia at 7:20, 9:30, and 11:35 a.m. and 2:05, 5:05 and 7:05 p.m. The 7:20, 9:30 and 2:05 trains run through to New York.

From Philadelphia to Harrisburg, trains leave at 7:25, 8:30 and 10:50 a.m. and 2:45, 4:55 and 6:55 p.m. rains leave New York for Harrisburg at 9:09 a.m. and 1:05 and 5:17 p.m.

News reports from Pennsylvania media quoted Amtrak spokeswoman Beth Toll as saying Amtrak is experiencing ridership that is 20 percent of what it was before the pandemic.

Railway Age reported that neither Amtrak nor the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation issued a news release in advance of the service cuts to announce the new schedules.

Instead, the intercity passenger carrier and PennDOT cooperated in issuing a service advisory on the morning that the cuts became effective.

The Railway Age report said it remains unclear whether PennDOT or Amtrak decided to made the service cut and when the decision was made.

Keystone Service Modified Due to Station Work

December 18, 2020

Amtrak has announced scheduled changes to its Keystone Service trains due to construction at the station in Middletown, Pennsylvania.

The changes are effective through Jan. 8, 2021. During this period all Keystone Service trains will require reservations until further notice.

Another changes are:

  • Train 620 will operate 5 minutes later from Harrisburg to Elizabethtown, will now stop at Mt. Joy and will operate 6 minutes later from Lancaster to Philadelphia.
  • Train 622 will now stop at Mt. Joy and will operate 1 minute later from Lancaster to Philadelphia.
  • Train 646 will operate 1 minute earlier from Harrisburg to Elizabethtown, will now stop at Mt. Joy and will operate on the current schedule from Lancaster to Philadelphia.
  • Train 652 will operate 10 minutes earlier from Harrisburg to Philadelphia
  • Train 654 will operate 10 minutes later from Harrisburg to Philadelphia.
  • Train 605 will operate 10 minutes later from Philadelphia to Harrisburg.
  • Train 607 will operate 10 minutes earlier from Philadelphia to Harrisburg.
  • Train 645 will operate 10 minutes later from Lancaster to Harrisburg.
  • Train 669 will operate 5 minutes later from Elizabethtown to Harrisburg on weekends.

Train 666 will operate 15 minutes later on the entire route from Harrisburg to Philadelphia on the weekends through Dec.

Train 619 will operate 5 minutes later from Coatesville to Harrisburg through Jan. 8.

Winter Storm Prompts Service Cancellations in Northeast

December 16, 2020

A winter storm has prompted Amtrak to announce service cancellations in the Northeast for the period Dec. 16-18.

Canceled on Dec. 16 are Keystone Service trains 605, 607, 609, 643, 645, 649, 651, 655, 600, 642, 646, 648, 650, 654, 656 and 620 between New York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Also canceled are Northeast Regional 67 between Newport News, Virginia, and Boston; and Empire Service 244 and 241 between New York and Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

Northeast Regional No. 66 will operate only from Newport News to Washington.

On Dec. 17 cancellations include all Acela service; Northeast Regional trains 55, 141, 95, 137, 179,193, 56, 148, 94, 190, 172, 138, 198 and 66; Keystone Service  trains 605, 607, 609, 643, 645, 649, 651, 655, 600, 642, 646, 648, 650, 654, 656 and 620; Empire Service trains 234, 280, 238, 233, 291 and 239; and Springfield Shuttles 494 and 417.

On Dec. 17 Keystone trains 640, 652, 641 and 653 will operate between Philadelphia and Harrisburg only.

On Dec. 18 Northeast Regional 181 is canceled while No. 67 will operate only between Washington and Newport News.

An Amtrak service advisory said no alternative transportation is being provided for the canceled trains.

Service will be restored pending improved conditions and passengers are urged to check their train’s status at Amtrak.com or the Amtrak smartphone app.

Federal Grant Awarded to Improve Keystone Line

October 29, 2020

Amtrak and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have received a $15.9 million federal State of Good Repair grant that will be used on the Keystone Line.

The project involves signal upgrades on the Amtrak-owned line that is used by the intercity passenger carrier’s Keystone Service and Pennsylvanian trains.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority trains also use the line.

The work will occur between Paoli and Overbrook and allow for bidirectional train movement on all tracks and higher operating speeds.

The line is owned by Amtrak.

Bill Would Give PennDOT Rail Line Ownership

October 18, 2020

A Pennsylvanian congressman has introduced a bill that would require Amtrak to to transfer ownership of the Keystone East Line between Harrisburg and Philadelphia to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

In a statement Rep. Lloyd Smucker said he introduced the bill, which calls for PennDOT to manage the line and certain stations, because of his disappointment with Amtrak’s management of the line.

The statement claimed that renovation and repair projects have been consistently delayed and over budget. 

“By granting Pennsylvania ownership of the Keystone Line, we can provide greater local control, accountability and expand ridership opportunities,”  Smucker said. 

The line also hosts Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority’s Paoli-Thorndale commuter-rail service.

SEPTA in a statement expressed support for the bill, saying it would create opportunities to improve service on the route, which is SEPTA’s highest ridership regional rail line.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives earlier unanimously adopted a resolution urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to transfer the line’s ownership to PennDOT. 

The line hosts two PennDOT-supported Amtrak services, the New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian and Keystone Service between Harrisburg and New York via Philadelphia.

The state spends $100 million annually to support those services.

Bikes Now Carried on 3 More Amtrak Routes

September 11, 2020

Amtrak has expanded its programs of carrying bicycles to three corridors in the East.

Starting Sept. 8, the passenger carrier began accepting bike aboard Keystone Service and Downeaster trains as well as trains operating on the Hartford Line.

Bikers must pay a $20 fee but reservations are required.

Those booking tickets on the Amtrak website or app should check for an icon that indicates that bike service is available on the train they wish to ride.

If so, the passenger should proceed to the “Add Ons” function to add bikes to a reservation.

Passengers can also make reservations by calling 800-USA-RAIL

In a service advisory, Amtrak said those with bikes should arrive at a station at least 30 minutes before to departure.

All panniers and bags attached to bike must be removed and consolidated before boarding.