Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak Northeast Regional service’

Storm Damage leads to Cancellations Friday in East

November 2, 2019

Severe weather in the East led Amtrak to cancel and modify some services on Friday.

Most of the affected trains operate in New York State on the Empire Corridor and north of New York City.

Canceled were Boston-New York Acela Express No. 2190; Empire Service trains 280 (Niagara Falls-New York) and 243 (New York-Albany; and Springfield shuttle trains Nos. 451-490 (Springfield, Massachusetts, andNew Haven, Connecticut).

The westbound Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited was cancelled between Boston and Syracuse, New York, and the New York section was canceled between New York and Syracuse.

Passengers were taken by bus to Syracuse to catch No. 49.

The eastbound Lake Shore terminated at Syracuse and the equipment turned to become No. 49.

Some Acela Express and Northeast Regional Service did not operate between New York and Boston.

The New York to Toronto Maple Leaf was cancelled between Albany and Niagara Falls.

Likewise, Empire Service Nos. 284 and 218 were cancelled between Niagara Falls and Albany, but did operate between Albany and New York.

Amtrak’s website on Saturday morning did not indicate if any services were being cancelled or modified today.

However, the eastbound Lake Shore Limited was running several hours late after departing Chicago at 2:16 a.m. rather than its scheduled time of 9:30 p.m.

No. 48 arrived in Cleveland today at 12:22 p.m., nearly seven hours late.

Assigned Seating Set For NE Regional Business Class

October 30, 2019

Starting in January passengers will be able to choose their preferred seat aboard business class sections of Northeast Regional trains.

In a news release, Amtrak said the service will allow families, friends and colleagues to sit together.

Seat assignment in business class on Northeast Regional trains will begin on trains departing on or after Jan. 11.

A similar program has been has been in operation for Acela first class passengers since February 2018.

Amtrak said that seats are automatically assigned when a passenger makes a reservation.

To select a preferred seat, a passenger can change their assigned seat at any time before boarding via an interactive seat map on Amtrak’s mobile app, at, or with a ticket agent.

There is no fee to choose or change a seat assignment.

Amtrak said it is considering adding seat assignment options on additional trains, but did not specify which ones.

Virginia Marking 10th Anniversary of Funding Amtrak

October 7, 2019

Virginia is marking the 10th anniversary of funding intercity rail passenger service with a special deal on Amtrak tickets.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, which sponsors Amtrak corridor service in the state to Roanoke, Newport News and Norfolk, is is partnering with Amtrak to offer $10 tickets on the Northwest Regional trains until Oct. 10.

Over 10,000 tickets already have been booked for the 10-day celebratory deal, DRPT officials said.

Virginia began funding Amtrak service on Oct. 1, 2009, with the launch of a daily round-trip from Lynchburg to Washington.

That train was later extended to Roanoke with state funding.

Track Work Affects NEC Schedules

September 26, 2019

On Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 Train 2249 cancelled between Boston and New York with non alternate transportation provided to missed station stops of Boston South, Back Bay, Route 128, Providence, New Haven or Stamford.

On on those dates Train 168 will operate on a later schedule, arriving 10 minutes later to Boston.

Trains 65, 66, 168, 178, 195, 2249 and 2252 will be delayed up to 20 minutes between New Haven and Boston.

Some NEC Schedules to Change Sept. 23

September 14, 2019

Some schedules in the Northeast Corridor will change on Sept. 23, the day that Amtrak plans to launch non-stop Acela Express service between New York and Washington.

Train No. 111 will depart New York 15 minutes earlier and make additional stops.

Train No. 127 will operate Wednesday through Friday between New York and Washington.

Train 151 will operate Monday and Tuesday only on a faster schedule with fewer stops.

The non-stop Acela Express trains are 2401 and 2402 and will operate  nonstop Monday through Friday between New York and Washington.

Amtrak also announced that the non-stop Acela runs will offer complimentary coffee, tea, water, and a light snack to passengers at their seats.

A cashless cart service will offer a limited menu of snacks and beverages and onboard phone charging kits for sale.

Some Service Remains Suspended Due to Dorian

September 7, 2019

Amtrak’s latest service advisory about service cancellations due to Hurricane Dorian indicates that several trains will remain suspended today (Sept. 7) or operate with modified schedules.

The Palmetto will operate from Washington to New York, but service from New York to Savannah, Georgia, will be reinstated.

Northeast Regional No. 194 will operate from Richmond, Virginia, to Boston while Northeast Regional 88 will operate from Washington to Boston.

Service from Norfolk and Newport News is canceled and no alternative transportation is being offered.

Amtrak said service will be restored pending improved conditions.

Dorian Prompts Additional Service Cancellations

September 5, 2019

Amtrak continued to cancel services along the East Coast on Wednesday due to the effects of Hurricane Dorian.

In a service advisory, the carrier said that on Sept. 5 and 6 the Palmetto will operate only between New York and Richmond, Virginia, and is canceled south of Richmond.

The Palmetto will resume operating southward from Richmond on Saturday (Sept. 7). However, the northbound train on Saturday will originate in Washington.

Northeast Regional service that normally operates between Boston and Norfolk, Virginia, will be canceled Richmond and Norfolk.

Trains 94 and 95 will operate between Boston and Richmond while Trains 93 and 94 will operate only between Boston and Washington.

Two Northeast Regional trains that normally operate to Newport News, Virginia, will also have shorter routes.

Trains 125 and 174 will operate between New York and Richmond while Trains No. 66 and 67 will operate between Boston and Washington.

The Auto Train will not operate in either direction on Thursday or Friday.

The Silver Star and Silver Meteor are canceled in both directions on Thursday and northbound on Friday.

Alternative transportation is not being provided for the canceled trains.

CSX Track Work to Affect Trains in Virginia

September 2, 2019

2 New Jersey Stations Get Additional Amtrak Service

August 27, 2019

Amtrak has added addition station stops in New Jersey for Northeast Corridor trains.

New Brunswick and Princeton Junction have gained weekday service.

New Brunswick is now served by four southbound and two northbound trains while Princeton Junction now has five southbound and two northbound trains.

Most of the trains involved serve both stations and all but one are Northeast Regional trains.

Southbound train No. 111 will stop at New Brunswick at 5:55 a.m. and Princeton Junction at 6:18 a.m..

No. 89, the Palmetto, stops at New Brunswick at 6:31 a.m. and Princeton Junction at 6:45 a.m.

No. 171 stops at New Brunswick at 1:20 p.m. and Princeton Junction at 1:35 p.m.

No. 177 stops at New Brunswick at 10:46 p.m. and Princeton Junction at 11:01 p.m.

Princeton Junction is also served by train No. 193, which stops at Princeton Junction at 6:13 p.m.

Northbound, both stations will be served by train No. 148, which stops in Princeton Junction at 7:35 p.m. and New Brunswick at 7:49 p.m.

No. 138 will stop in Princeton Junction at 8:35 p.m. and New Brunswick at 8:49 p.m.

Both stations have extensive service by NJ Transit, but the Amtrak service can cut travel times to and from New York by more than a half-hour compared to the commuter railroad.

Track Work to Affect Eastern Corridor Trains

August 7, 2019