Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak service disruptions’

NEC Service to be Disrupted

February 22, 2019

Track work being done on the Mystic River bridge in Connecticut will affect Amtrak’s Northeast Regional and Acela Express trains on Feb. 23.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said minor schedule changes will be made ranging from two to 25 minutes between Boston and New York to accommodate the track work.


Cascades To be Disrupted by Track Work

February 15, 2019

Amtrak has announced more service disruptions for its Cascades Service due to track work.

The work by host railroad BNSF will affect operations between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.

On Feb. 20 Train No. 519 may see minor delays while on Feb. 22 Nos. 516 and 519 will be canceled.

Alternate transportation will be provided on Thruway Buses 3516 and 4519, for all missed stops at Vancouver, Bellingham, Mount Vernon, Stanwood, Everett and Edmonds.

Track Work to Affect Texas Eagle

February 14, 2019

Track work being conducted by Union Pacific will disrupt operations of Amtrak’s Texas Eagle between Feb. 24 and March 10.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said that during that time Train No. 21 will detour between Texarkana, Arkansas, and Mineola, Texas, with passengers bound for intermediate stops between those cities riding a bus.

That includes stations in Marshall and Longview, Texas. It also affects passengers riding a thruway bus to Shreveport, Louisiana, that connects with the Eagle at Longview.

Affected passengers will detrain at Mineola and board Amtrak Thruway Bus 6121 to their destination. Bus 6121 will originate at Mineola instead of Longview.

Amtrak said that Train No. 21 may be delayed up to 15 to 20 minutes at Mineola to hold for connecting buses.

Cascades Service Modified Due to Weather

February 9, 2019

Amtrak has canceled some Cascades Service between Portland and Seattle due to weather related concerns.

The changes took effect today (Feb. 9) and are expected to continue through Sunday until conditions improve.

Canceled were trains train 506, 507 and 517. In a service advisory, Amtrak said passengers with reservations on those trains will be accommodated on trains with similar departure times or another day. Reservation books fees will be waived.

These changes are in additional to other service modifications Amtrak had previously announced for Cascades Service due to Union Pacific track work in Oregon.

Those service changes are in effect between Feb. 9 and 13 and affect Amtrak Cascades Trains 505, 506, 508, 511 and 513 on the following dates

On Feb. 9 and 10 Train 506, which normally operates between Eugene and Seattle, will originate in Portland.

Bus 3506 will operate from Eugene to Portland, departing Eugene, Albany, Oregon City and Salem one hour earlier to connect with Train 506.

Train 513, which normally operates between Portland and Eugene is cancelled and alternate transportation will be provided via Bus 3513, to missed station stops at Eugene, Albany, Salem and Oregon City. There is no connecting train at Portland.

On Feb. 11, 12 and 13, Train 508, which normally operates between Eugene and Seattle, will originate in Portland.

Bus 3508 will operate from Eugene to Portland, departing Eugene, Albany, Oregon City and Salem one hour earlier to connect with Train 508.

Train 511, which normally operates between Portland and Eugene will be cancelled and alternate transportation, via Bus 4511, will be provided to missed stops at Eugene, Albany, Salem and Oregon City. There is no connecting train at Portland.

Amtrak to Begin Restoring Service From Chicago

January 31, 2019

Service on Amtrak’s Midwest corridor routes that radiate from Chicago will be canceled today (Jan. 31), but some long-distance trains will be reinstated.

All but one train will be restored by Friday Amtrak said in a service advisory.

Trains were canceled this week after a blast of arctic air sent temperatures plunging below zero and created dangerous wind chills.

Long-distance trains that will resume today include Chicago-Los Angeles (Southwest Chief), Chicago-San Francisco Bay (California Zephyr), Chicago-Seattle/Portland (Empire Builder), Chicago-New Orleans (City of New Orleans), Chicago-San Antonio/Los Angeles (Texas Eagle) and Chicago-Washington (Capitol Limited).

Long distance train that will not originate today include the Lake Shore Limited  (Chicago-New York/Boston) and the Cardinal (Chicago-New York)

On Friday all Midwest corridor services but one to and from Chicago will be restored.

The exception will be Carbondale to Chicago train No. 390 (Saluki), which will be restored on Saturday.

Amtrak Midwest corridor services to and from Chicago to be restored on Frida include Chicago-Milwaukee (Hiawatha Service), Chicago-Quincy (Carl Sandburg and Illinois Zephyr), Chicago-St. Louis (Lincoln Service), and Chicago-Carbondale (Illini and Saluki),Chicago and Indianapolis (Hooiser State), Chicago and Detroit [Pontiac] (Wolverine Service), Chicago and Port Huron (Blue Water), and Chicago and Grand Rapids (Pere Marquette).
Also resuming operation on Friday will be the Chicago-New York/Boston Lake Shore Limited and Chicago-New York Cardinal.

Passengers holding reservations on canceled trains will be rebooked on other trains without any additional fees.

Amtrak Cancels Most Midwest Service Due to Cold

January 30, 2019

Amtrak has canceled all trains that are scheduled to originate in Chicago today (Jan. 30) due to subzero temperatures in the Midwest.

This also includes trains that originate elsewhere today en route to Chicago.

Trains that originated on or before Jan. 29 will complete their trip to Chicago. Most of those are long-distance trains.

Amtrak said that all corridor trains will be canceled on Thursday, Jan. 31. Most long-distance trains originating in Chicago are also expected to be canceled on Thursday.

Also being canceled today and Thursday will be long-distance trains bound for Chicago that would be scheduled to arrive on Thursday and Friday.

One long-distance train, the Chicago to Seattle/Portland Empire Builder was canceled on Tuesday due to the severe cold.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told Trains magazine that decision was made in consultation with host railroad BNSF, which handles the train for most of its route.

The only Amtrak trains that will originate in the Midwest today and Thursday will be the two Missouri River Runner round-trips between Kansas City and St. Louis.

Amtrak typically operates 55 trains daily to and from Chicago hub.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said passengers traveling on the affected trains will be able to change their travel to another date without an additional charge.

In a related development, intercity commuter carrier The South Shore Line suspended all service on Wednesday.

The carrier, which operates between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana, said a test train encountered “significant overnight wire problems.”

The South Shore said it will evaluate weather and operating conditions and determine later today if it will operate on Thursday.

The severe cold also prompted Chicago commuter railroad Metra to operate today on a modified schedule.

Polar Vortex Leading to Midwest Cancelations

January 28, 2019

A Polar vortex that is bringing extreme cold to the Midwest has prompted Amtrak to modify its service on Midwest corridor routes radiating from Chicago.

Most of the changes are effective between Jan. 29 and 31.

The carrier said it will operate four round trips between Chicago and Milwaukee: Nos. 330, 331, 334, 335, 338, 339, 341 and 342. Nos. 329, 332, 333, 336, 337 and 340 will be cancelled.

Chicago to Carbondale No. 393 will be cancelled Jan. 28-30 while Carbondale to Chicago No. 390 is cancelled Jan. 29-31.

The City of New Orleans will continue to operate as will Nos. 391 and 392.

Chicago-Detroit (Pontiac) Nos. 351, 352, 353 and 354 will operate but Nos. 350 and 355 are cancelled on Jan. 29-31.

In the Chicago-St. Louis corridor, Nos. 301 and 304 are cancelled between Jan. 29 and 31. All others Lincoln Service trains as well as the Texas Eagle will continue to operate.

There will be no cancellations on routes linking Chicago with Quincy, Illinois; Grand Rapids, Michigan, or Port Huron, Michigan.

In a service advisory Amtrak said it expects the winter storm to reduce travel demand, but it was also acting out of “an abundance of caution.”

Amtrak said passengers holding reservations on the affected trains will be able to change their reservations for travel on other trains, including on other days, at no charge.

Canceled Trains to be Restored Monday

January 20, 2019

Amtrak said on Sunday that all trains canceled on Saturday and Sunday due to a severe winter storm will be restored to normal operation on Monday.

In the meantime the Chicago-Washington Capitol Limited will resume service today. Amtrak had canceled Nos. 29 and 30 for Sunday was well as Saturday/

However the Lake Shore Limited remains canceled today from both New York and Chicago.

Nos. 48 and 49 use the same route as the Capitol between Cleveland and Chicago.

Empire Corridor Trains Also Canceled This Weekend

January 19, 2019

Amtrak added Empire Service to its list of trains being canceled this weekend due to a severe winter storm in the Midwest and Northeast.

In a service notice issued on Friday, the carrier said it has canceled Empire Service trains 250, 260, 238, 284, 68, 63, 281, 283, 253 and 259 on Saturday.

On Sunday, Amtrak said Empire Service trains that normally operate between New York and Niagara Falls, New York, will only run between New York and Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

This includes the Maple Leaf, which normally operates between New York and Toronto.

Trains Canceled Ahead of Storm

January 18, 2019

Amtrak has canceled several trains in advance of a coming weekend winter storm expected to slam the Midwest and East while modifying the schedules of several other trains.

The modified schedule will be in effect on Saturday and Sunday (Jan 19-20) with service restored pending improved conditions.

Canceled on Saturday and Sunday are all three eastern long-distance trains, the Capitol Limited, Lake Shore Limited and Cardinal.

However, the Cardinal will operate between Chicago and Indianapolis on Saturday.

Other schedule modifications include the following:

Acela Express: Trains 2250, 2254, 2249, 2251, 2253 will operate only between New York and Boston. Train 2290 is canceled.

Northeast Regional: Trains 160,164, 88,161,135,167 will operate only between New York and Boston.

Keystone Service:  Trains 662, 664, 672, 661, 667, 671 are canceled.

Pennsylvanian:  Canceled over its entire route.

Vermonter:  Trains 54 and 57 are canceled between St. Albans, Vermont, and New Haven, Connecticut.

Northeast Corridor service between New York and Washington and points south will continue to operate as scheduled.

In a service advisory, Amtrak advised travelers to check the status of their train at its website on its smart phone app.

Passengers with reservations on trains that are canceled will typically be accommodated on trains with similar departure times or another day.

Amtrak said it will waive additional charges for passengers seeking to change their reservation.