Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak service disruptions’

Track Work to Affect Amtrak’s Saluki

December 17, 2018

Canadian National track work will affect operation of Amtrak’s Chicago-Carbondale, Illinois, Saluki on Dec. 18.

Train No. 391 will terminate at Champaign, Illinois, with alternative bus service provided to all stations between Champaign and Carbondale.

Train No. 390 will originate in Champaign, departing at 10:45 a.m., which is 31 minutes than the regular schedule. It will use the equipment that arrived on No. 391, which is scheduled to arrive at 10:25 a.m.

Alternative bus service will be offered at intermediate stations between Carbondale and Champaign.


Canceled Trains to be Restored

December 10, 2018

Amtrak said today it will begin restoring on Dec. 11 service that was cancelled or modified last weekend due to winter weather in the Southeast.

In a service advisory, the carrier said passengers should check their train status on or the Amtrak smartphone apps prior to departing, allow extra time to get to the station and be extremely careful in stations and on platforms.

Passengers with reservations on trains that are being modified usually are accommodated on trains with similar departure times or operating on another day.

Amtrak said it will waive additional charges for customers looking to change their reservation during the modified schedule by calling 800-USA-RAIL.

Among the trains canceled over the entirely of their routes were the Crescent, Auto Train, Silver Meteor, Piedmonts and Carolinian.

On Monday the Silver Star operated only between Miami and Jacksonville, Florida. That shortened schedule is expected to continue on Tuesday.

Northeast Regional No. 176, which originates in Roanoke, Virginia, was to operate on Monday only between Washington and New York.

Also on Monday the Cardinal operated only from Indianapolis to Chicago. The train was canceled east of Indianapolis on Sunday.

North Carolina Amtrak Disruptions Set

October 28, 2018

Track work being performed by Norfolk Southern and North Carolina Department of Transportation will affect Carolinian and Piedmont service on select dates between Oct. 29 and Nov. 15.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said service will be affected between Oct. 29 and Nov. 1,  between Nov. 5  and Nov. 8, and betwen Nov. 12 and Nov. 15

Train 80 will depart Charlotte at 5:45 a.m. and operate one hour earlier at all stations between Charlotte and Cary.

At Raleigh station No. 80 will hold until the normal scheduled departure time of 10:13 a.m.

Trains 75 and 76 between Charlotte and Raleigh will be cancelled with no alternate transportation provided.

Train 74 operate between Charlotte and Burlington only with alternate transportation being provided between Burlington and Raleigh, stopping at Durham and Cary.

Bus 3074 will depart Burlington, Durham, Cary and Raleigh at the normal times. Bus 3074 will remain at Burlington for Train 74’s customers.

Train 77 will operate between Burlington and Charlotte only.  Alternate transportation will be provided on Bus 3077 for intermediate stops at Cary and Durham.

Bus 3077 will operate 30 minutes earlier between Raleigh and Burlington, departing Raleigh at 2:30 p.m.

All trains will operate normally Nov. 2 through Nov. 4, and between Nov. 9 and Nov. 11.

CZ Route Truncated Today

October 28, 2018

Track work being performed by Union Pacific today (Oct. 28, 2019), will affect operations of Amtrak’s California Zephyr.

Train No. 5 will operate between Chicago and Reno, Nevada, only.

Amtrak said alternate bus transportation will be provided between Reno and Emeryville, operating on the normal schedule of train 5.

The buses will serve the missed stops of Truckee, Colfax, Roseville, Sacramento, Davis, Martinez and Richmond.

Train 6 will operate from Reno to Chicago only with alternate bus transportation provided on the schedule of No. 6 at Truckee, Colfax, Roseville, Sacramento, Davis, Martinez and Richmond.

San Joaquin Service Being Disrupted Oct. 21

October 19, 2018

Due to BNSF track work San Joaquin No. 704 will operate on Oct. 21 only between Sacramento and Fresno, California.

The train ordinarily operates between Sacramento and Bakersfield.

Alternate transportation will be provided from Fresno to Bakersfield, making the missed intermediate station stop at Hanford.

Passengers should board Buses 4704 from Fresno, 5804 from Bakersfield, Bus 3904 to Stockton.

No alternate service will be provided at Corcoran or Wasco.

Track Work to Disrupt Pacific Surfliners

October 11, 2018

Weekend track work will affect operations of Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner service between Oct. 12 and 14, and again between Oct. 19 and 21.

On Oct. 12 and 19 Train 590 will be cancelled and bus service will be provided from Los Angeles serving Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town and San Diego.

No transportation will be provided at Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine or San Juan Capistrano.

On Oct. 13, 14, 20 and 21 Trains 562, 583, 1565, 1566, 1569, 1572, 1573, 1588 and 1590 will be cancelled with passengers directed to reservations aboard other Amtrak trains.

Train 782 will terminate at Los Angeles and no alternate transportation will be provided from Los Angeles to San Diego. Passengers can make reservations aboard other Amtrak trains.

Train 796 will terminate at Los Angeles. Bus service will be provided for all missed stops.

Southbound Trains 580, 768, 774, 792, 1564 and 1584 will terminate at Irvine with bus service being provided from Irvine to San Diego.

Express buses will operate from Irvine to San Juan Capistrano, Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town San Diego and downtown San Diego.

Northbound Trains 591, 595, 763, 777, 785, 1579, 1761 and 1767 will originate in Irvine with bus service being provided from San Diego to Irvine, connecting with these trains except Train 1761).

Express buses will depart from San Diego, Solana Beach, Oceanside and San Juan Capistrano to Irvine.

Northbound buses will depart earlier than their corresponding train. Passengers should contact Amtrak for bus schedules.

Buses will not pick up at Old Town. Those passengers have the option of taking the trolley to San Diego where they can board the buses to Irvine.

No checked baggage will be offered south of Santa Ana during the busing. Bicycles will be accepted on a space available basis.

Service Canceled Due to Hurricane Michael

October 10, 2018

Amtrak is canceling service in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Michael.

In a service advisory issued on Tuesday, the passenger carrier said that the Silver Star (Nos. 91 and 92) will operate between Miami and Jacksonville, Florida, effective Oct. 10.

No alternate transportation is being provided between Jacksonville and New York City.

The Palmetto (Nos. 89 and 90) will operate only between New York and Washington with no alternate transportation provided between Washington and Savannah. This change is effective Oct. 11,

Michael is to come ashore in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday and turn east toward the routes used by the affected two trains.

Flooding earlier affected operations of two other routes.

The Southwest Chief detoured in Kansas due to the threat of flooding along the Little Arkansas River.

No. 3, which departed Chicago on Tuesday, and No. 4, which departed Los Angeles on Monday, traversed a former Rock Island line between Hutchinson and Topeka. Those tracks are now owned by Union Pacific.

Chartered buses served passengers traveling to and from Newton, which was the only missed station.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the detour could continue for multiple days if needed.

The northbound Heartland Flyer was affected by a track washout in southern Oklahoma delayed passengers after heavy rainfall on Sunday afternoon damaged the tracks between Gene Autry and Davis.

The train was halted in Ardmore and passengers were transported by bus to all stops en route to Oklahoma City.

Many passengers aboard the Flyer had attended the annual Red River Showdown football game in Dallas between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas.

Amtrak Continues to Restore Service in Southeast

September 20, 2018

Amtrak continues to restore service in areas of the Southeast that were hit by Hurricane Florence last week.

Piedmont Service between Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina, resumed operating on Thursday.

Also resuming service over all of its route on Tuesday was the Crescent.

The Carolinian was to resume operating between Raleigh and Charlotte today. Amtrak has not said when Nos. 79 and 80 will resume operating north of Raleigh to New York City.

That will hinge on how quickly host railroad CSX can repair and put back into service the A Line used by Amtrak.

The Auto Train and Silver Meteor remain suspended through Sept. 22. The Silver Star is operating only between Miami and Jacksonville, Florida, while the Palmetto is operating only between New York and Washington.

Amtrak Restoring Service After Florence

September 18, 2018

Amtrak began returning to normal on Tuesday with the restoration of Northeast Regional service to the Virginia Tidewater.

That service as well as other trains serving the Southeast had been canceled last week as Hurricane Florence approached last week.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said it would continue to operate a reduced schedule through Saturday.

It has canceled the Auto Train and Silver Meteor. The Silver Star will operate on a modified schedule between Miami and Jacksonville, Florida, through Sept. 22.

Also operating on a modified schedule will be the Palmetto between New York and Washington through Sept. 22.

The Carolinian will operate starting Wednesday between Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday.

Utah Wildfire Disrupts California Zephyr

September 17, 2018

A wildfire disrupted operations of Amtrak’s California Zephyr on Monday in Utah.

The fire temporarily closed Union Pacific’s former Denver & Rio Grande Western route east of Provo.

No. 5 that that left Chicago on Sept. 15 was halted at Grand Junction, Colorado, on late Sunday.

No. 6 that left Emeryville, California, on Sept. 16 was able to make it through the fire zone after the tracks briefly reopened, but railroad officials quickly closed them for safety reasons.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the CZ section that halted at Grand Junction later returned to Denver on Monday morning.

That equipment will remain in Denver and became No. 6 on Tuesday. The section that left  Emeryville on Monday will operate only as far east as Reno, Nevada.

The westbound Zephyr that departed Chicago on Sunday will take the Overland Route via the Borie Cutoff and operate via Rock Springs, Wyoming, and Ogden, Utah to Salt Lake City.

Passengers going to intermediate stops between Denver and Salt Lake City will be taken to their destination by bus.

Trains leaving Chicago on Monday and Emeryville on Tuesday will operate via the Overland detour if the normal route east of Provo remain closed.

“For the next few days, detours or service cancellations will affect Amtrak travel between Reno and Denver, including Salt Lake City. Customers can cancel and reschedule without penalties,” Magliari said.