Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak Northeast Regional service’

NEC Wi-Fi Getting an Upgrade

May 15, 2018

Amtrak is upgrading Wi-Fi service in the Northeast Corridor by installing new equipment on its passenger cars.

In a news release, the carrier said the upgrades will provide a more reliable and easier connection to high-speed broadband.

The cars will receive upgraded processors and modem cards, and new antennas that will improve speed.

Amtrak said this will allow for quicker loading times for webpages and other content, the ability to send and receive files faster, and improved video streaming and audio performance.

The carrier said that passengers cars used by Acela Express trains are already benefiting from performance tuning, including improved stability and reliability of VPN connections for passengers accessing corporate networks.

Later this summer, Amtrak will roll out a new, simplified Wi-Fi home page.

Amtrak said that on average, there are 20,000 Wi-Fi sessions daily on NEC trains with more than 70 percent of devices aboard Acela trains connected to Amtrak’s Wi-Fi network.

The average session time on Northeast Regional trains is 1 hour, 41 minutes, while on Acela it is 2 hours and 9 minutes.

Amtrak is also upgrading Wi-Fi at 29 stations throughout its national network.

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Signal Work to Affect Trains Through Richmond

April 17, 2018

Signal work being conducted this month by CSX will cause 45 to 120-minute delays for all trains arriving and departing Richmond Staples Mill station, Amtrak said in a service advisory.

Affected will be the Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Auto Train, Palmetto, Northeast Regional and Carolinian. Amtrak service will be affected on the dates shown below:

Sunday, April 22

  • Train 65 will terminate at Washington, with no alternate transportation provided between Washington and Newport News, Virginia.
  • Train 66 will originate at Washington with no alternate transportation provided between Newport News and Washington.
  • Train 79 will originate at Rocky Mount, North Carolina, with no alternate transportation provided between New York and Rocky Mount.
  • Train 80 will terminate at Rocky Mount with no alternate transportation provided between Rocky Mount and New York.
  • Trains 87 and 195 will terminate at Washington with no alternate transportation provided between Washington and Richmond, Virginia.
  • Trains 89 and 90 will operate between New York and Washington, only. Trains are cancelled between Washington and Savannah, Georgia, with no alternate transportation provided.
  • Train 96 will originate at Richmond, with no alternate transportation provided between Newport News and Richmond.
  • All other trains will operate normally.

Monday, April 23

  • Trains 86 and 174 will originate at Washington with no alternate transportation provided between Richmond and Washington.
  • All other trains will operate normally.

Track Work Disrupts Northeast Region, Vermont Trains

March 27, 2018

Track work being undertaken between April 6 and 8 will result in Amtrak service cancellations and substitute bus service between Springfield, Massachusetts, and New Haven, Connecticut.

Affected will be Amtrak service to the intermediate stations of  Wallingford, Meriden, Berlin, Hartford, Windsor and Windsor Locks.

On April 6, Northeast Regional Trains 136 and 148 will operate normally from Washington to New Haven with passengers riding a bus to all stations from New Haven to Springfield.

On April 7,  numerous trains will see service disruptions. Northeast Regional Trains 140, 143, 146 and 147 will operate normally between Washington and New Haven, but passengers will be provided bus service at all stations between New Haven and Springfield.

The Vermonter will operate normally between Washington and New Haven with passengers riding a bus to most scheduled intermediate stations between New Haven and St. Albans, Vermont. However, the bus will not stop at Claremont, Windsor and Randolph.

Springfield Shuttle Trains 401, 405, 450, 460, 463, 464, 467 and 488 will be cancelled, and bus service will be provided all stations on the route.

On April 8 Northeast Regional Trains 143 and 157 will operate normally from New Haven to Washington, but passengers originating from points north of New Haven will be provided bus service.

Track Works Leads to NEC Changes

February 15, 2018

In a service advisory, Amtrak said that track work will result in changes starting March 10 to Northeast Corridor. Minor schedule adjustments will be made on Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains as the infrastructure work begins.

  • Most trains will operate with extended schedules to compensate for speed reductions and congestion caused by track work.
  • Scheduled departure and arrival times of both Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains may change by 3 to 15 minutes in both directions between Boston, New York and Washington.
  • All Acela Express trains will depart Washington at 10 minutes before the hour, rather than on the hour.

Additional minor adjustments to departure times and travel times for both Acela Express and Northeast Regional can be found on Amtrak.com and the Amtrak mobile app.

Penn Station Work Begins Friday

January 3, 2018

The next phase of track renewal work at New York Penn Station will begin on Friday, Jan. 5. Modified schedules will go into effect on Jan. 8, but none of the changes affect any Amtrak-long distance trains.

Most of the work is being done on weekends and the project is expected to be finished by May 28. The revised schedule includes:

  • Amtrak cancelled Northeast Regional Trains 110 from Washington to New York Penn Station and 127 from New York to Washington.
  • Northbound Keystone Train 640 is terminating at Newark Penn Station.
  • Southbound Keystone Train 643 is originating at Newark Penn Station.
  • Southbound Train 173 is stopping at Newark Airport station.
  • Southbound Trains 129, 193 and 653 all have earlier departure times.
  • Train 170 is also departing Washington early, is stopping at North Philadelphia and Cornwells Heights and resuming its schedule from Trenton

The latest work is being undertaken near Track 15 and requires a section of concrete demolition and replacement that is similar to the work on Track 10 done last summer.

Work is also being done on Track 18, which requires localized concrete demolition with complex steel hardware replacement and rail renewal.

Amtrak said in a news release that it is renewing and replacing three turnouts in “C” Interlocking, which directs Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road trains to routes heading east and to Sunnyside Yard.

Amtrak Carried 2,770 From Roanoke

December 18, 2017

During the first 30 days of service, Amtrak boarded 2,770 people in Roanoke, Virginia, which averages to 92 passengers per day.

Service to Roanoke began on Oct. 31 by extending a Northeast Regional train that terminated in Lynchburg, Virginia, to Roanoke.

Amtrak had forecast that ridership at Roanoke during the first year of service would be 38,000, an average of 104 passengers per day.

Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods said the carrier still expects to meet that projection, noting that ridership changes with the seasons.

Amtrak Marks 5 Years in Norfolk

December 12, 2017

Amtrak marked the fifth anniversary of service to Norfolk, Virginia, by saying that it was the highest-performing city pair in the Virginia state-supported system for Fiscal Year 2017.

Norfolk is served by a daily Northeast Regional train that operates to and from Washington.

Last year the route served 155,389 passengers, with ridership for the Norfolk station being 47,493.

“The success of the Norfolk service testifies to the progressive vision the Commonwealth has brought to bringing real alternatives for residents to travel,” said Joe McHugh, Amtrak vice president of state-supported services business development in a statement. “Increasing ridership for all the routes in Virginia speaks to how many people recognize trains as the smarter way to travel.”

Virginia helps to underwrite six Northeast Regional trains that serve Norfolk, Richmond, Newport News, Lynchburg and Roanoke and provide a same-seat trip to other cities along the Northeast Corridor. The Norfolk station is also a stop for the Thruway bus connection for service to the Amtrak station in Newport News.

Amtrak previously served Norfolk with the Chicago-Norfolk Mountaineer. That service ended in 1977.

New Platforms Open in Meriden

November 21, 2017

New platforms and a pedestrian bridge have opened at the Amtrak station in Meriden, Connecticut, but additional work still needs to be completed.

“Amtrak trains are now pulling up to the new platforms and the [pedestrian bridge] is open to customers,” said John Bernick, assistant rail administrator. “Both platforms opened up to allow for the completion of the track work and the removal of the temporary platform.”

Meriden is served by Northeast Regional Service trains between New Haven and Springfield, Massachusetts.

City Planner Robert Seale said sidewalk and landscaping work remains to be done in front of the station.

The pedestrian bridge will enable residents of the city’s east and west sides to more easily move between the two areas. Local officials said the tracks have long constituted a barrier.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the station is expected to be held soon.

2nd Penn Station Track Project Begins in January

November 16, 2017

The project will extend through May 28 and involve work performed mostly on weekends.

In a news release, Amtrak said there will be a series of continuous single-track closures that will result in minor modifications to Amtrak and commuter train weekday operations.

“After a successful summer, it is essential that we continue to upgrade the infrastructure so that we can continue to improve the reliability of service for all the customers that use New York Penn Station,” said Amtrak co-CEO Charles “Wick” Moorman.

The following schedule changes will take place during the infrastructure renewal work:

  • Amtrak is cancelling Northeast Regional Trains 110 from Washington to New York and 127 from New York to Washington.
  • Northbound Keystone Train 640 will terminate at Newark Penn Station
  • Southbound Keystone Train 643 will originate at Newark Penn Station
  • Southbound Train 173 will stop at Newark Airport
  • Southbound Trains 129, 193 and 653 will all have earlier departure times.
  • Train 170 will also depart Washington early, stop at North Philadelphia and Cornwells Heights and resume its schedule from Trenton
  • Long Island Rail Road and NJ Transit are also expected to announce service schedule adjustments

The projects will occur in the area of Track 15, which requires a section of concrete demolition and replacement that will be similar to the work done on Track 10 last summer and Track 18, which requires localized concrete demolition with complex steel hardware replacement and rail renewal.

Amtrak also will renew and replace three turnouts in “C” Interlocking, which is at the east end of the station and directs Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road trains to routes heading east and to Sunnyside Yard.

While Amtrak has maintained and repaired this aging infrastructure, some of which dates to the 1970s, full replacement is now required.

Additional information and updates will be posted on Amtrak.com and Amtrak.com/NYPrenewal

 

2nd Penn Station Project Begins in January

November 15, 2017

Amtrak will begin the next phase of its track rebuilding at New York Penn Station on Jan. 5, 2018.

The project will extend through May 28 and involved work performed mostly on weekends.

In a news release, Amtrak said there will be a series of continuous single-track closures that will result in minor modifications to Amtrak and commuter train weekday operations.

“After a successful summer, it is essential that we continue to upgrade the infrastructure so that we can continue to improve the reliability of service for all the customers that use New York Penn Station,” said Amtrak co-CEO Charles “Wick” Moorman.

The following schedule changes will take place during the infrastructure renewal work:

  • Amtrak is cancelling Northeast Regional Trains 110 from Washington to New York and 127 from New York to Washington.
  • Northbound Keystone Train 640 will terminate at Newark Penn Station
  • Southbound Keystone Train 643 will originate at Newark Penn Station
  • Southbound Train 173 will stop at Newark Airport
  • Southbound Trains 129, 193 and 653 will all have earlier departure times.
  • Train 170 will also depart Washington early, stop at North Philadelphia and Cornwells Heights and resume its schedule from Trenton
  • Long Island Rail Road and NJ Transit are also expected to announce service schedule adjustments

The projects will occur in the area of Track 15, which requires a section of concrete demolition and replacement (similar to the work on Track 10 during the summer of 2017), and Track 18, which requires localized concrete demolition with complex steel hardware replacement and rail renewal within Penn Station New York.

Amtrak also will renew and replace three turnouts in “C” Interlocking, which is at the east end of the station and directs Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road trains to routes heading east and to Sunnyside Yard.

While Amtrak has maintained and repaired this aging infrastructure, some of which dates to the 1970s, full replacement is now required.

Additional information and updates will be posted on Amtrak.com and Amtrak.com/NYPrenewal