Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak service disruptions’

Newark Airport Station to Temporarily Close

June 16, 2019

Amtrak said in a service advisory that passengers traveling to Newark Liberty Airport will need to access shuttle buses at Raymond Plaza West, in the front of Newark Penn Station.

The Newark Penn Station waiting room will be open during this time, but no seating will be available.

Buses will “load and go” and will not follow train schedules.

New Jersey Transit personnel will check New Jersey Transit and Amtrak tickets as passengers board the bus.

Track Work to Affect Downeaster Service

June 16, 2019

On that date, Train 682 will operate normally from Brunswick to Wells. No alternate transportation will be provided from Wells to Boston North Station. Train 684 will operate normally from Brunswick to Wells. A bus will depart Wells at 12:40 p.m. to take passengers to Dover. Train 684 will continue from Dover to Boston.

Also, Train 686 will be cancelled with no alternate transportation provided. Train 688 will operate normally from Brunswick to Wells. A bus will depart Wells at 6:55 p.m. to take passengers to Dover. Train 688 will continue from Dover to Boston.

Train 681 will operate normally from Boston to Dover. A bus will depart Dover at 10:35 a.m. to take passengers to Wells. Train 681 will continue from Wells to Brunswick.

Train 683 will be cancelled with no alternate transportation provided. Train 685 will operate normally from Boston North to Dover. A bus will depart Dover at 6:30 p.m. to take passengers to Wells. Train 685 will continue from Wells to Brunswick.

Train 687 will be cancelled with no alternate transportation provided. Train 689 will operate as Train 1689 from Boston to Dover. A bus will depart Dover at 12:55 a.m. to take passengers to Wells. Train 1689 will continue from Wells to Brunswick.

Missouri River Runners Reinstated

June 15, 2019

Amtrak planned to restore full operate of its Missouri River Runner trains this weekend.

The carrier began restoring service on Thursday when it resumed operating Nos. 311 and 314.

Nos. 313 and 316 will be restored today, June 15.

The four trains had been suspended on May 22 after flooding in the Midwest and South led host railroad Union Pacific to increase freight traffic on the route used by the River Runners.

The trains are funded by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

NS Ohio Derailment Disrupts Amtrak

June 7, 2019

Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited and Capitol Limited were in service disruption mode today after Norfolk Southern container train 25Z derailed Thursday night after it struck a car abandoned on a crossing in Swanton, Ohio.

No injuries were reported, but the collision sent the car into a propane tank for a switch heater and leaking propane resulted in some evacuations.

At 6 a.m. on Friday the Amtrak Track Your Train map showed Nos. 30 and 49 stopped in Bryan while Nos. 29 and 49 were in Toledo.

Online reports indicated that Amtrak would be operating a bus bridge.

Suspension of Missouri Trains Extended to June 12

June 7, 2019

Amtrak on Thursday extended the suspension of its Missouri River Runner trains by another two days through June 12.

Affected are trains 311, 313, 314 and 316 between St. Louis and Kansas City.

Displaced passengers are being transported by chartered buses to all stations served by the trains.

The suspension began  on May 22 when host railroad Union Pacific increased freight traffic on the line due to flooding elsewhere on its system in the Midwest and South.

In the meantime, UP said Thursday that is has reopened its route between Chicago and Texas that is used in part by Amtrak’s Texas Eagle.

The Eagle has been suspended for the past week between St. Louis and Fort Worth, Texas.

River Runners Suspended Through June 10

June 4, 2019

Amtrak said today that it has extended the suspension of its Missouri River Runner service between St. Louis and Kansas City through June 10.

It cited continued heavy freight traffic on host railroad Union Pacific on the route of the River Runners, which has been the result of flooding in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

The service suspension has been in effect since May 22. Passengers are being transported to and from all stations served by the trains via chartered buses that seek to operate close to the schedule of the trains they’ve replaced.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said it along with the Missouri Department of Transportation, which funds the River Runners, is continuing to monitor the situation on a daily basis.

UP officials said that flooding has receded slightly in some areas, but a level break  is expected to cause severe flooding at Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Also out of service for now is Amtrak’s Texas Eagle, which has been suspended between St. Louis and Fort Worth, Texas.

Nos. 21 and 22 continue to operate between Chicago and St. Louis and between Fort Worth and San Antonio.

Flooding in Missouri briefly caused a suspension of Amtrak’s Southwest Chief last week, sending passengers to chartered buses.

Amtrak’s Missouri River Runners use the Sedalia Subdivision between Kansas City and Jefferson City, Missouri, and UP officials have been carefully watching flooding near that route.

Another UP route between Kansas City and Jefferson is closed due to flooding.

A report said the BNSF Ottumwa Subdivision, used by Amtrak’s California Zephyr, had water covering the tracks in Burlington, Iowa.

However, trains were operating through there at reduced speed and the Mississippi River had reportedly crested at 24.5 feet last Saturday.

A breached levy did not affect the BNSF tracks in Burlington because they are outside of the level system used to protect downtown.

BNSF personnel were relaying operating instructions to passing trains via radio because power to switches had been disrupted.

The flooding in the Midwest is the worst the region has seen since 1993.

Track Work Affects Woburn Service

June 3, 2019

Track work being undertaken by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will result in certain Downeaster trains not stopping at Woburn, Massachusetts, on Saturdays and Sundays through June 23.

Southbound Trains 690, 692, 694, 696 and 698 and northbound Trains 691, 693, 695, 697 and 699/1689 will detour between Boston North Station and Haverhill and skip their schedules stops at Woburn.

Alternate transportation will not be provided to or from Woburn.

Flooding Leads to More Service Suspensions

June 2, 2019

Amtrak’s Texas Eagle has been canceled between St. Louis and Fort Worth, Texas, through June 7 due to flooding.

In the interim, Nos. 21 and 22 will continue operating between Fort Worth and San Antonio, Texas, and between Chicago and St. Louis.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the flooding has increased freight traffic on host railroad Union Pacific. The same issue led to the suspension of Missouri River Runner service through June 2 between St. Louis and Kansas City.

No substitute transportation is being provided to the stations between St. Louis and Fort Worth although Amtrak said that Trinity Railway Express offers commuter train service between Fort Worth and Dallas.

Amtrak said some tickets are available for passengers wishing to travel an alternate routing between Illinois or Missouri and Texas using the Southwest Chief and Heartland Flyer  via an Amtrak Thruway Bus connecting Newton, Kan., and Oklahoma City (Routes 8903 & 8904).

River Runners Suspension Extended to June 1

May 30, 2019

The cancellation of Missouri River Runner service between St. Louis and Kansas City has been extended through June 2.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said flooding on the Union Pacific network has diverted some freight traffic to the route used by the River Runners.

In the interim, Amtrak passengers ticketed for trains 311, 313, 314 and 316 are riding chartered buses that are serving all stations.

Amtrak said it and the Missouri Department of Transportation, which funds the trains, are continuing to monitor the situation on a daily basis.

Passengers were urged to check their train’s status at Amtrak.com or on the Amtrak smart phone app.

The buses are adhering as close to the train schedules as possible, but delays may occur.

Missouri River Runners Remain Suspended

May 28, 2019

Passengers booked aboard Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner trains between St. Louis and Kansas City will continue to ride chartered buses through at least Wednesday (May 29).

Amtrak said in a service advisory that host railroad Union Pacific continues to divert freight trains to the route used by the River Runners.

Nos. 311, 313, 314 and 316 had been suspended last week after flooding occurred near Kansas City.

Originally, the suspension of the River Runners was to last through Saturday, but was extended.

Amtrak said the substitute buses will operate as close as possible to the train schedules and will pick up and drop off passengers at all stations served by the train.