Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak service disruptions’

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.
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Seattle Service Disrupted

April 16, 2018

Amtrak issued a service advisory today saying that Cascades trains and the Empire Builder between Seattle and Everett, Washington, have been canceled with substitute bus service being provided.

The bus transportation will continue through the morning of April 18 due to a moratorium on passenger service issued by BNSF following a landslide.

Amtrak service south of Seattle will continue to operate normally.

Downeasters to Miss Woburn on April 14

April 12, 2018

Track work being performed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on April 14 will result in certain Downeaster trains missing the station stop at Woburn, Massachusetts.

Trains 690, 692, 694, 696, 698, 691, 693, 695, 697 and 699 will detour between Boston North Station and Haverhill, thus missing Woburn.

Amtrak said in a service advisory that alternate transportation will not be provided to or from Woburn.

Pacific Surfliner Disruptions set for April 20-22

April 12, 2018

Amtrak has announced that track work being performed by the North County Transit District will affect Pacific Surfliner service on April 20-22.

On April 20, Train 590 will be cancelled and bus service will be provided from Los Angeles to San Diego.

The buses will stop at Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town and San Diego, but will skip stations at Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, San Juan Capistrano, Carlsbad Village and Sorrento Valley.

On April 21 and 22, trains 562, 565, 572, 573, 583, 1566, 1567 and 1588 will be cancelled and passengers directed to make reservations aboard other Amtrak trains.

Train 782 will operate normally to Los Angeles, but no alternate transportation will be offered between Los Angeles and San Diego. Passengers are directed to make reservations aboard other Pacific Surfliner trains.

Train 796 will operate normally to Los Angeles with bus service being provided for all missed stops, except Carlsbad Village and Sorrento Valley.

Trains 564, 580, 584, 768, 774 and 792 will operate normally to Irvine, where bus service will be provided from Irvine to San Diego. Express buses will run from Irvine to San Juan Capistrano, Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town San Diego and downtown San Diego only.

Trains 579, 591, 595, 763, 769, 777, 785 and 1761 will originate in Irvine with bus service being provided from San Diego to Irvine to connect with the trains listed above, with the exception of Train 1761.

Buses will depart downtown San Diego, Solana Beach, Oceanside and San Juan Capistrano earlier than the train schedule to allow time to connect with trains in Irvine.

Buses will not pick up at Old Town San Diego and bus service will not be provided to connect with Train 1761.

Metrolink will honor Amtrak tickets between San Juan Capistrano and Los Angeles.

Amtrak Acknowledges Plans to Suspend New York Section of Lake Shore Limited This Summer

April 11, 2018

Amtrak has acknowledged that rebuilding of the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge in New York City will result in the cancellation of the New York section of the Lake Shore Limited this summer.

The bridge joins upper Manhattan with the Bronx over the north end of the East River.

During the bridge work, Amtrak will also rehabilitate the Empire Service tunnel that connects Penn Station with the West Side Line to the bridge.

Although Scot Naparstek, Amtrak’s chief operating officer, did not say during a conference call with news media when the work will be done, he indicated that through late May Amtrak is focusing on concrete demolition, wooden tie replacement and rail renewal for Track 18 used by the Long Island Rail Road at Penn Station.

One more of the three turnouts by Interlocking “C” at the east end of the station is still being rebuilt. Work on the first two are finished as is all work on Track 15.

Workers are scheduled to begin the summer program of renovations at Penn Station beginning May 26 and wrap up by Sept. 4.

Amtrak is developing new timetables for all Empire Service trains to be operated to Grand Central Terminal during the outage.

During the project, the Lake Shore Limited will operate between Chicago and Boston with no through cars to or from Chicago and New York.

Amtrak has been testing the use of cab cars on Empire Service trains. Last year when the passenger carrier diverted trains to Grand Central it placed locomotives on both ends of the trains.

The Spuyten Duyvil bridge was damaged by Hurricane Sandy although some of its problems have been the result of normal wear and tear.

The rebuilding of the bridge involves both mechanical and electrical work that Amtrak engineering has been looking at doing for quite a while.

As for the Empire Tunnel, Amtrak plans to replace crossties, grade crossings and 8,000 feet of continuous rail, including the track between the tunnel and the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge.

S.W. Chief Route Shortened Due to Track Work

April 4, 2018

BNSF track work will cause the Southwest Chief to cease operating between Chicago and Kansas City on April 7 and 8.

The affected stations are Chicago, Naperville, Mendota, Princeton and Galesburg in Illinois, Fort Madison in Iowa, and La Plata in Missouri.

Train No. 4 will operate from Los Angeles to Kansas City as scheduled with alternative bus service being provided for passengers traveling to all of the affected stations except La Plata and Fort Madison.

Amtrak said in a service advisory that the buses will only discharge passengers traveling to Galesburg, Princeton, Mendota, Naperville and Chicago.

Originating passengers in those cities will not be accepted aboard the buses.

Instead, passengers originating in those cities who held tickets aboard Train No. 4 are being advised to use Train No. 6 (California Zephyr) or the Illinois Zephyr or Carl Sandburg, both of which operate between Chicago and Quincy, Illinois.

Passengers should expect delays of up to 1 hour between Kansas City and these stations.

Train No. 3 will originate in Kansas City and operate as scheduled to Los Angeles.

Alternative transportation will be provided from Chicago to Kansas City by bus, departing Union Station at 1 pm, which is two hours earlier than current departure time of No. 3.

No alternate service will be provided at Naperville, Mendota, Princeton, Galesburg, Fort Madison and La Plata.

Passengers originating at the missed stations are being advised to rebook on other Illinois Service trains, the California Zephyr (Train No. 5) or on alternate travel dates.

Track Work Disrupts Cal Zephyr

April 4, 2018

Starting today and extending through April 7 Amtrak’s eastbound California Zephyr will be bypassing Reno, Nevada, due to track work being done by Union Pacific.

Train No. 6 will bypass Reno station, requiring all Reno passengers to board and detrain at Truckee, California, where alternative transportation will be provided to Reno.

The departure time from Reno will temporarily be adjusted to 1:15 p.m. which is 2 hours and 50 minutes earlier than current train departure.

All passengers destined for Reno will detrain at Truckee and transfer to a bus that will take them to Reno. The bus travel time is approximately 50 minutes.

Reno passengers will also have the option of booking travel through Truckee or traveling by train to Reno on an alternate date.

Texas Eagle Detouring Again

April 3, 2018

Union  Pacific track work again has the Texas Eagle detouring in Illinois and has disrupted some Lincoln Service trains through April 5.

Lincoln Service trains are operating only between Chicago and Normal, Illinois, with alternate transportation being provided to missed stops at Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville, Alton and St. Louis.

Amtrak said that St. Louis to Normal buses will operate earlier than the train schedule at St. Louis, Alton, Carlinville, Springfield and Lincoln.

Normal to St. Louis buses will operate later than the train schedule at Bloomington, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville and Alton.

The Texas Eagle will detour in both directions between Chicago and St. Louis via a former Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad route via Tuscola, Illinois.

Nos. 21 and 22 will miss all intermediate stops at Joliet, Pontiac, Bloomington-Normal, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville and Alton.

No alternate transportation is provided southbound. Instead, passengers are being referred to Lincoln Service trains and substitute buses.

However, northbound Texas Eagle passengers traveling to points in Illinois will be able to detrain in St. Louis and transfer to Bus 3022.

Amtrak said in a service advisory that Nos. 21 and 22 may be delayed up to 60 minutes by the detour move.

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 Work Disrupts Coast Starlight

March 27, 2018

Track work being undertaken this week by Union Pacific through March 29 is disrupting operations of Amtrak’s Coast Starlight.

Train No. 14 will miss its connection to Train No. 28 (Empire Builder) at Portland, Oregon, with no alternative transportation provided except on March 25.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said that Train No. 14 will also miss its connection to Bus 8914. Passengers with tickets for Bus 8914 on these dates should call 800-USA-RAIL to change their reservation.