Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak schedule changes’

Sked Change Set for Crescent, Roanoke Train

May 21, 2021

Amtrak will modify the schedules of some trains serving Roanoke, Virginia, and the New York-New Orleans Crescent.

Effective May 29 Train 156 will depart Roanoke 15 minutes later at 8:55 a.m.

The Crescent’s schedule will change on June 6. Train 19 will depart Washington at its current scheduled time and arrive in New Orleans at 9:02 p.m., which is two hours later than the current schedule

En route arrival and departure times will be adjusted accordingly.

Train 20 will depart New Orleans at 9:15 a.m., 2 hours and 15 minute later than the current schedule. It is being rescheduled to arrive in Washington at 1:45 p.m.

Amtrak said Train 20 will leave Washington at 2:42 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 2:12 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Sleeping car passengers will continue to be offered breakfast upon leaving New Orleans and will now be offered dinner upon departing Philadelphia and Trenton.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the changes are being made to improve customer satisfaction and on-time reliability.

Capitol Corridor Schedules Changed

April 6, 2021

Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor Service schedules were changed on March 29. In a service advisory, Amtrak said the following changes have been made.

Train 521 will operate 24 minutes earlier, departing Sacramento at 4:10 a.m. Train 523 will operate 20 minutes earlier, departing Sacramento at 5:10 a.m.

Train 527 will now originate in Auburn at 5:40 a.m. Train 537 will now operate 1 hour and 19 minutes earlier, departing Sacramento at 10:55 a.m.

Train 541 will operate 2 hours and 15 minutes earlier, departing Sacramento at 11:55 a.m, terminating at San Jose. Train 545 will operate 1 hour and 10 minutes earlier, departing Sacramento at 3:55 p.m.

Train 547 will operate 49 minutes earlier, departing Sacramento at 5:03 p.m. Train 723 will operate 15 minutes earlier, departing Sacramento at 5:55 a.m.

Train 729 will operate 6 minutes earlier, departing Auburn at 7:55 a.m. Train 737 will operate 1 hour and 17 minutes earlier, departing Sacramento at 10:55 a.m.

Train 743 will operate 51 minutes earlier, departing Sacramento at 2:55 p.m. Train 747 will operate 1 hour 15 minutes later, departing Sacramento at 6:55 p.m, terminating at Oakland Jack London Square.

Train 520 will operate 8 minutes earlier, departing Oakland Jack London Square at 5:12 a.m. Train 524 will operate 24 minutes earlier, departing San Jose at 6:18 a.m.

Train 528 will operate 20 minutes earlier, departing San Jose at 8:48 a.m Train 532 will operate 1 hour and 15 minutes earlier, departing San Jose at 11:05 a.m.

Train 536 will operate 23 minutes earlier, departing Oakland Jack London Square at 3:12 p.m, terminating at Sacramento. Train 538 will operate 3 minutes earlier, departing San Jose at 3:05 p.m, terminating at Auburn.

Train 542 will operate 12 minutes earlier, departing San Jose at 4:05 p.m. Train 546 will operate 19 minutes later, departing San Jose at 6:05 p.m.

Train 724 will operate 10 minutes earlier, departing San Jose at 8:05 a.m. Train 732 will depart Oakland Jack London Square at 2:12 p.m.

Train 736 will originate at San Jose at 3:05p.m, operating to Auburn. Train 742 will operate 5 minutes earlier, departing San Jose at 5:05 p.m, terminating at Sacramento.

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.

CSX Track Work Affects Palmetto, Silver Meteor

February 23, 2021

CSX track work will affect operations of the Palmetto and Silver Meteor through March 11.

The southbound Palmetto will operate on Mondays only from New York to Washington with no alternative transportation being provided south of Washington.

On Thursdays No. 89 will operate only between New York and Florence, South Carolina, with no alternative transportation provided south of Florence.

On Saturdays the Palmetto will operate the length of its route from New York to Savannah, Georgia, but will be rescheduled to arrive in Savannah at 9:14 p.m., 10 minutes later than normal.

The northbound Palmetto will operate only from Washington to New York on Mondays with no alternative transportation available between Savannah and Washington.

Train 90 will operate from Savannah to New York but depart Charleston, South Carolina, a 10:02 a.m., two minutes later than normal; Florence at 11:44 a.m., five minutes later than normal; and Fayetteville, North Carolina, at 1:15 p.m., 10 minutes later than normal.

The southbound Silver Meteor will depart Charleston at 5:01 a.m., 10 minutes later than normal, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Other schedule adjustments for Train 97 include departing Yemassee, South Carolina, at 6:03 a.m., 20 minutes later than normal; and Savannah at 7:10 a.m., 30 minutes later than normal.

The train will operate on a later schedule at all stations from Savannah to Miami.

The northbound Silver Meteor will depart Yemassee at 8:30 p.m., 10 minutes later than normal; Charleston at 9:37 p.m., 20 minutes later than normal; and Florence at 11:42 p.m., 30 minutes later than normal, operating on a later schedule at all stations from Florence to New York.

The Auto Train is expected to incur delays of 30 minutes in both directions between Savannah and Florence.

CONO Sked Changed for Track Work

February 9, 2021

Track work being performed by Canadian National will result in Amtrak’s City of New Orleans operating later on certain days between Feb. 9 and March 12.

On Wednesdays and Fridays,Train 58 will operate as Train 1158 and depart New Orleans at 2:45 p.m, 60 minutes later than normal and operate on a later schedule at all stations from New Orleans to Jackson, Mississippi.

Train 1158 will hold at Jackson until 7:14 p.m., 90 minutes later than normal and operate on a later schedule at all stations between Jackson and Chicago.

Train 58 will operate normally on Sundays during this period of time.

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.

Amtrak Service Cuts Seem to be Fait Accompli

August 18, 2020

Amtrak’s announcement on Monday that all but one of its 15 long-distance trains will transition to less-than-daily service in October had a sense of finality to it.

The company had informed its employees of the move in early summer but held off announcing it to the public, presumably while it planned which trains would operate on what days.

Now that planning is complete.

Of course much can happen between now and Oct. 1 when the federal fiscal year 2021 begins. Or maybe not.

The Senate has taken little action on appropriations bills for FY 2021. This is hardly surprising given that 2020 is a presidential election year and appropriations are highly political.

The failure of Congress to reach agreement on the next year’s budget before that budget year begins is not new.

In the past, the government has been kept operating through a series of continuing resolutions that generally maintain funding at the same level as the previous fiscal year.

Although the House has approved an additional $10 million for Amtrak with a directive to maintain daily service on all routes that have it now, Amtrak management has apparently concluded that that mandate is unlikely to be adopted by the Senate and/or adopted before the start of FY2021 on Oct. 1.

It may be that the House in approving the additional $10 million was merely making a political statement.

The House members who pushed that additional funding through may have done so knowing that it was likely to be negotiated away in talks with the Senate over the FY2021 budget.

Funding for intercity rail passenger service is a mere spec in the federal budget and can easily be overshadowed by higher profile spending priorities.

This is not to say that in the end negotiators might agree to the additional money because of political pressure. Passenger rail spending has some friends in the Senate.

But none of this is guaranteed no matter how many letters rail passenger advocates write or how many phone calls they make.

The passenger train advocacy community has largely and roundly criticized the move to tri-weekly service on most long-distance trains.

Some believe it is merely the first step toward abolishing the long-distance network altogether by depressing ridership.

Yet there are scenarios in which passenger train advocates might wish they had tri-weekly trains.

Amtrak has said it needs approximately $3 billion in FY2021 to support even tri-weekly levels of service for long-distance trains.

If Congress gives Amtrak its original $2 billion budget request, Amtrak has warned that all long-distance trains will be “at risk.”

Although the carrier hasn’t spelled out what that means, it probably would lead to some trains running less frequently than tri-weekly or not operating at all.

Amtrak President William Flynn has repeatedly said Amtrak is “committed” to its national network.

He has not said, though, that Amtrak is “committed” to operating the national network in the same manner that it operated pre-pandemic.

There are a number of issues that have yet to get much discussion in the conversation about tri-weekly service.

Why will there be no same-day connections in Chicago from the eastern long-distance trains and the westbound Texas Eagle? That seems rather odd considering that connections will be available on most days to all other western long-distance trains out of Chicago.

There also has been little discussion about whether some long-distance trains might be restored to daily service late next spring or in early summer but others will not be because they failed to meet the metrics that Amtrak has published.

Trains magazine passenger writer Bob Johnston raised the question in article in the September issue the magazine of host railroads demanding expensive capital investments before agreeing to reinstate daily service on routes that have it now.

Is that a serious concern? It could be but no one at Amtrak has addressed that.

The Rail Passengers Association has raised concerns about Amtrak lacking enough personnel to reinstate daily service after several months of tri-weekly service.

A byproduct of the tri-weekly service plan is cutting Amtrak’s workforce. Engineers, conductors and on-board staff will be furloughed.

Is this a serious concern or just rail passenger advocacy talking points?

There are many scenarios that could come to pass. That doesn’t mean all of them will. But increasingly tri-weekly trains are looking to be a fait accompli.

Track Work to Affect SB CONO Schedule

May 22, 2020

Track work by host railroad Canadian National has resulted in temporary schedule changes for Amtrak’s southbound City of New Orleans.

On May 22 and 26 Train No. 59 will depart Jackson, Mississippi, at 12:50 p.m, 90, minutes later than normal and operate on this later schedule at all intermediate stops of Hazlehurst, Brookhaven, McComb and Hammond to New Orleans.

The service advisory did not say if the arrival time in New Orleans will be affected.

CSX Track Work to Affect Norfolk Service

May 16, 2020

CSX track work will result in Northeast Regional Train 94 operating on a modified schedule on May 19 and 20.

The train will depart Norfolk, Virginia, for Boston on those dates at 6:15 a.m., which is two hours and 45 minutes earlier than normal.

It will operate on this earlier schedule at all stations, arriving in Boston at 7:35 p.m.

Amtrak Thruway Bus 6094 will operate on an earlier schedule, departing Virginia Beach at 5:15 a.m. and arriving in Norfolk at 6 a.m.

Bus 6394, which normally operates between Newport News and Norfolk, will be canceled. Passengers may book travel on Train 174 from Newport News or choose an alternate date of travel.

Amtrak Makes More Service Cuts in the East

March 15, 2020

Amtrak will be making additional service cuts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Effective on March 15, the Maple Leaf will temporarily cease operating between Toronto and Niagara Falls, New York.

Nos. 63 and 64 will continue to operate between New York and Niagara Falls.

The Adirondack will cease operating north of Albany-Rensselaer, New York, but will continue to operate between New York City and Albany.

Effective March 16 service in the Northeast Corridor will be reduced to a typical Saturday schedule on a daily basis.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said it will continue to maintain frequent service by Acela and Northeast Regional trains to Boston, New York, Washington and Virginia points.

The service reductions in the Northeast Corridor will extend through March 29.

Amtrak earlier had announced reduction of service in the Keystone Corridor to a typical Saturday schedule with service suspended to Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

That service cut does not affect daily operation of the New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian.

Also starting March 15 service on the Harford Line and the Valley Flyer will operate on a Saturday schedule on a daily basis.