Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak service disruptions’

Track Work to Affect San Joaquins on Feb. 23

February 19, 2020

Trains 704, 712, 714, 716 and 718 will terminate at Stockton. Passengers will be provided bus service via Buses 4304, 4312, 4314, 4316 and 4318 between Stockton and Merced, making intermediate stops at Modesto and Turlock-Denair.

At Merced, passengers can board their respective 1700-series train to Bakersfield and intermediate stations.

Trains 703, 713, 715, 717 and 719 will originate at Stockton. At Bakersfield, passengers can board their respective 1700-series train to Merced and intermediate stations.

Passengers will be provided bus service via Buses 4303, 4313, 4315, 4317 and 4319 between Merced and Stockton, making intermediate stops at Turlock-Denair and Modesto.

At Stockton, passengers can board their respective 700-series train.

Train and bus schedules from Merced to Bakersfield, Stockton to Sacramento and Stockton to Oakland have been adjusted to depart up to 60-minutes later than normal times.

Mudslide Grounds the Cardinal

February 16, 2020

Saturday was a rough day for Amtrak trains serving Ohio.

The westbound Cardinal was halted on Friday at Thurmond, West Virginia, due to a mudslide.

The train was moved back east to Prince, West Virginia, and the passengers put aboard buses to continue their journey.

No. 51 did not operate to Cincinnati, Indianapolis or any intermediate points on Saturday.

As a result the eastbound Cardinal that was due to leave Chicago on Saturday night was canceled.

Amtrak Tweeted that alternative transportation was being provided only for passengers traveling between Chicago and Cincinnati.

The Cardinal is next scheduled to operate today westbound and it departed New York on time.

Mechanical issues on Saturday afternoon delayed the departure of the westbound Capitol Limited from Washington for nearly four hours.

No. 29 didn’t arrive in Cleveland on Sunday until 6:17 a.m., making it three hours, 24 minutes late.

It is projected to reach Chicago at 11:40 a.m, but actually arrived at 1:38 p.m., nearly five hours late.

Also on Saturday the westbound Lake Shore Limited was stopped west of Toledo due to mechanical problems.

When No. 49 resumed its journey it was an hour late, which became 3 hours, 28 minutes late by the time it reached Chicago Union Station at 1:18 p.m.

2 Piedmonts to Be Canceled on Feb. 18

February 14, 2020

Amtrak Piedmont Trains 74 and 77 will be canceled on Feb. 18 due to Norfolk Southern track work.

The trains operate in North Carolina, between Charlotte and Raleigh. In a service advisory Amtrak said no alternate transportation will be provided.

All other Carolinian (New York-Charlotte) and Piedmont service trains will operate normally.

 

 

One Day Disruption Affects San Joaquins

February 8, 2020

BNSF track work will result in schedule changes for Amtrak’s San Joaquin service on Feb. 9.

Trains 704, 712, 714, 716 and 718 will terminate at Stockton. Passengers will be provided bus service via Buses 4304, 4310, 4312, 4314, 4316 and 4318 between Stockton and Fresno.

At Fresno, passengers can board their respective 1700-series train to Bakersfield and intermediate stations.

Trains 703, 713, 715, 717 and 719 will originate at Stockton. At Bakersfield, passengers can board their respective 1700-series train to Fresno and intermediate stations.

Passengers will be provided bus service via Buses 4303, 4313, 4315, 4317 and 4319 between Fresno and Stockton. At Stockton, passengers can board their respective 700-series train.

Passengers travelling to or from Turlock-Denair and Madera will have an additional transfer to a 4800-series van at Fresno, Merced or Modesto.

Train and bus schedules from Stockton to Bakersfield, Fresno to Sacramento and Fresno to Oakland have been adjusted to depart up to 60 minutes later than normal times.

 

Track Work to Disrupt Pacific Surfliners

February 8, 2020

Track work being performed by the North County Transit District in San Diego County, California, will result in schedule changes to Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner service between Feb. 21 and March 11.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said that on Feb. 21 and March 6 Train 796 will terminate at Los Angeles.

Bus service will be provided south from Los Angeles to San Diego, serving all missed stops.

Several schedule changes are set for Feb. 22 and 23, and March 7 and 8 as described below.

Passengers who had planned to travel on the affected trains on these dates are being advised to use other Pacific Surfliner trains in the event that no alternative bus service is being provided.

Trains 562, 578, 583, 1565, 1566, 1569, 1572, 1573, 1590 and 1591 will be cancelled.

Train 782 will terminate at Los Angeles. No alternate transportation will be provided between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Southbound Train 796 will terminate at Los Angeles and bus service will be provided for all missed stops.

Southbound Trains 580, 768, 774, 792, 1564 and 1584 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.

Northbound Train 1761 will originate at Los Angeles. No alternate transportation will be provided between San Diego and Los Angeles.

Northbound Trains 579, 593, 595, 763, 777, 785 and 1767 will originate in Irvine. Bus service will be provided from San Diego to Irvine to connect with the trains listed above.

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. Passengers can take the trolley to Downtown San Diego to board buses to Irvine.

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

There will be no checked baggage or express service south of Santa Ana on the dates shown above and alternate bus service will not serve San Clemente Pier.

Track Work Affects Trains Serving Richmond

February 3, 2020

On Monday through Thursday, No. 66, will not operate between Newport News and Richmond Staple Mill station. It will instead originate in Richmond en route to Boston.

Alternate transportation will be provided via Bus 6166 between Newport News and Richmond, making the intermediate stop at Williamsburg. There will be no service to Richmond Main Street.

Train 67 will terminate at Richmond Staples Mill station with alternate transportation being provided by Bus 6167 between Richmond and Newport News, making the intermediate stop at Williamsburg. There will be no service to Richmond Main Street.

One bus will operate as Buses 6066 and 6166, operating 30 minutes earlier than the train schedule.

Trains 66 and 67 will operate on a normal schedule on President’s Day, (Feb. 17) and could see delays up to 30 minutes beginning January 27.

Empire Builder Still Disrupted

January 16, 2020

BNSF was still working to reopen its Scenic Subdivision in Washington State that is used by Amtrak’s Empire Builder.

The route has been closed due to downed trees and wires caused by snowslides.

An Amtrak spokeswoman told Trains magazine on Wednesday that the carrier was providing bus service between Seattle and Spokane, Washington. Buses were also being operated for passengers traveling between Spokane and Portland, Oregon.

Olivia Irvin said Amtrak would resume operating west of Spokane when it safe to do and host railroad BNSF give the OK.

The Amtrak website showed that the status of the westbound Builder from Chicago today (Jan. 16) as unavailable due to a service disruption.

The site also shows the same for No. 7 that is scheduled to depart on Friday and Saturday.

The last Empire Builder to operate across the BNSF Scenic Sub ran on Jan. 11.

Trains that originated on or before Jan. 11 headed eastbound were subject to major delays.

No. 8 that left the West Coast on Jan. 10 was delayed for more than nine hours at Leavenworth, Washington, due to weather conditions. Irvin said there were 68 passengers on board that train.

Severe Weather Results in Empire Builder Cancellations

January 15, 2020

Some sections of Amtrak’s Empire Builder were canceled this week in the wake of severe winter weather that closed host railroad BNSF in the Pacific Northwest.

Amtrak issued a service alert that the rain that departed Chicago on Jan. 13 would turn at Spokane, Washington. The train departing Chicago on Jan. 14 was also expected to turn at Spokane.

However, a check of the Amtrak website indicated that the depart status for both of those dates was unavailable due to a service disruption.

A later update indicated that alternative service was to be provided for Empire Builder passengers between Chicago and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Amtrak also said in a service alert that alternative transportation is being provided between Spokane and Seattle and Portland.

Trains 7 and 27 scheduled to depart today (Jan. 15) from Chicago have been canceled. The Amtrak website said the status for Nos. 7 and 27 for Jan. 16 to 20 through  is unavailable due to a service disruption.

An online report said Nos. 8/28 did not arrive in Chicago on Jan. 14th and will not arrive today.

A service alert said Nos. 8/28 on Jan. 16 and 17 will originate in Spokane.

The BNSF mainline across Washington State saw heavy snow trigger snowslides and downed trees.

At one point the Scenic Subdivision between Seattle and Wenatchee had more than 250 trees fall across its rails.

Landslide Disrupts Cascades Service

January 8, 2020

A landslide has resulted in Amtrak Cascades service between Seattle and Portland being replaced by buses through Jan. 9.

In a service alert, Amtrak said host railroad BNSF imposed a moratorium on passenger operations on the route until the landslide site can be cleared and the tracks repaired.

The landslide occurred on Tuesday between Tacoma and Lacey, Washington, and has blocked both tracks.

Northbound Cascades originating in Eugene, Oregon, were being held at Portland.

Also terminating in Portland will be the northbound Coast Starlight.

Cascade trains will continue to operate between Portland and Eugene, Amtrak said.

Empire Builder Returning to Normal

January 6, 2020

Amtrak’s Empire Builder is slowly making its way back to normal after its route reopened in Idaho.

The route had closed on Jan. 1 after a westbound BNSF train derailed near Katka, about 10 miles east of Bonners Ferry, on the Kootenai River Subdivision.

The derailment closed the route for three days and sent Empire Builder passengers riding a bus west of Whitefish, Montana.

BNSF said a rockslide caused the derailment in which there were no injuries.

On Sunday the westbound Builder reached Whitefish  more than 8 hours late because of delays on the previous eastbound run.

Trains that originated in Seattle and Portland on Sunday were on time as they were traveling to Spokane, Washington, where they combine into a single train for Chicago.

No. 8 arrived in Spokane 37 minutes early while No. 28 was 30 minutes early.