Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak service disruptions’

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.

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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.

Wild Fires Affect Coast Starlight

September 17, 2018

Amtrak has warned in a service advisory that wildfires north of Redding, California, may disrupt operations of the the Coast Starlight.

Delays and other service disruptions are still possible and a temporary track closure in the area might force Amtrak to halt service at Sacramento, California, and Klamath Falls, Oregon, without substitute transportation to and through Chico, Redding and Dunsmuir, California.

Passengers were directed to visit the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection website for the Delta Fire.

Amtrak also urged passengers to to check train status on Amtrak.com or its  smartphone apps prior to departing.

Track Work Disrupts Downeaster Service

September 13, 2018

Track work being conducted by Pan Am Railways is causing service disruptions of Amtrak Downeaster Service through Oct. 5.

Through Sept. 14, Trains 682, 685 and 688, which normally operate between Brunswick and Boston North Station, will operate between Boston and Dover, only.

Alternate transportation will be provided, via Buses 3681 and 3685, to missed stations of Brunswick, Freeport, Portland and Wells. There will be no alternate transportation provided to Orchard Beach and Saco.

Trains 681 and 686, which normally operate between Boston North and Portland, will operate between Boston and Dover, only.

Alternate transportation will be provided, via Buses 3682, 3686 and 3688, with an extension to Brunswick, making intermediate stops at Freeport, Portland and Wells.

Train 680, which normally operates between Portland and Boston North, will originate at Dover. No alternate transportation will be provided to missed stations of Portland, Saco or Wells.

Trains 683 and 684 will be cancelled with no alternate transportation provided.

Trains 687 and 689 will operate normally between Boston North and Portland, with 10 minutes added to their schedules between Dover and Wells. Trains will depart all stations north of Wells later than the normal schedule.

Train 687 is cancelled between Portland and Brunswick with no alternate transportation to Freeport and Brunswick.

Train 689 will operate normally to Brunswick on Friday, September 14.

On weekdays between Sept. 17 and Oct. 5, Trains 682, 685 and 688, which normally operate between Brunswick and Boston North, will operate between Dover and Boston North.

Alternate transportation will be provided between Wells and Dover, via Buses 1982, 1985 and 1988. Busses will connect to Trains 1982, 1985 and 1988 which will operate between Brunswick and Wells.

Trains 681 and 686, which normally operate between Boston North and Portland will operate between Dover and Boston North. Alternate transportation will be provided between Wells and Dover, via Buses 1981 and 1986. Busses will connect to Trains 1981 and 1986 which will operate with an extension to Brunswick, making intermediate stops at Freeport, Portland, Old Orchard Beach, Saco and Wells.

Train 680, which normally operates between Portland and Boston North, will originate at Dover. No alternate transportation will be provided to missed stations of Portland, Saco or Wells.

Train 683, which normally operates between Boston North and Brunswick, will originate at Wells. No alternate transportation will be provided between Boston North and Dover.

Train 684 will be cancelled with no alternate transportation provided.

Trains 687 and 689 will operate normally with 10 minutes added to their schedule between Dover and Wells. Trains will depart all stations north of Wells later than the normal schedule.

On weekends between Sept. 15 and Sept. 30 all Downeaster Service is cancelled north of Portland on Sept. 15 and 16 only.

Alternate transportation will be provided, via Buses 3691, 3692, 3694, 3695, 3697, 3698 and 3999, to the stations of Freeport and Brunswick.

All trains will operate normally with 10 minutes added to schedules between Wells and Dover.

Southbound trains will depart Brunswick, Freeport, Portland, Orchard Beach, Saco and Wells earlier than normal.

Northbound trains will depart Dover, Wells, Saco, Orchard Beach, Portland, Freeport and Brunswick later than normal.

Trains will be scheduled to depart all stations between Boston North and Dover at normal times.

Visit AmtrakDowneaster.com/construction for more information.

Florence Prompts Amtrak to Cancel Service

September 11, 2018

The approach of Hurricane Florence has prompted Amtrak to announce a host of cancellations.

Most Amtrak service in the southeastern United States will not operate between Sept. 12 and Sept. 16. Some cancellations will take effect on Sept. 13.

Trains that will not operate between Sept. 12 and Sept. 16 include the Auto Train, Silver Meteor and Crescent.

Trains cancelled starting on Sept. 12 include the Carolinian and Piedmonts.

Between Sept. 12 and 16 the Silver Star will operate only between Jacksonville, Florida, and Miami, while the Palmetto will operate only between New York and Washington.

Between Sept. 13 and 16 the Cardinal will operate only between Chicago and Indianapolis; Northeast Regional train 94 will operate between Richmond (Staples Mill station) and Boston; while other Northeast Regional trains will not operate south of Washington.

On Sept. 17 and 18 some Northeast Regional trains will operate only between Washington and points north.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said it is waiving service charges for passengers seeking to modify their reservations but should contact Amtrak’s reservation center at 800-USA-RAIL.

North Carolina Track Work Affects 3 Routes

August 29, 2018

Track work being performed by Norfolk Southern and the North Carolina Department of Transportation will affect the operations of Amtrak’s Carolinian, Silver Star and Piedmont Trains

Alternative schedules and service cancellations will be in effect between Sept. 10 and 19.

On Sept. 10 through Sept. 13 the New York-Charlotte, North Carolina, Carolinian will operate between Raleigh, North Carolina, and Charlotte, only. Nos. 79 and 80 will be cancelled between New York and Raleigh with no alternate transportation provided.

On Sept. 16, the northbound Silver Star (Train 92) will operate as Train 1092 and depart Miami at 9:05 am, 2 hours and 45 minutes earlier than its normal schedule. Train 1092 will operate earlier through to New York.

On Sept. 17 the Carolinian will be cancelled with no alternate transportation provided between New York and Charlotte

Piedmont Service Trains 73, 74, 75, 76, 77 and 78 will be cancelled with no alternate transportation provided between Raleigh and Charlotte.

The southbound Silver Star will operate normally the length of its route.

On Sep. 18 the Carolinian will operate between Raleigh and Charlotte with no alternate transportation provided between New York and Raleigh.

On Sept. 19 Piedmont Service Trains 74 and 75 will be cancelled with no alternate transportation provided between Raleigh and Charlotte.

Track Work Affects Keystone Corridor

August 27, 2018

Track work on Sept. 8 and 9 will result in minor schedule changes to Keystone Service line trains in Pennsylvania.

In a service advisory Amtrak said all trains will operate 25 minutes earlier from Harrisburg to Coatesville, 15 minutes earlier at Downingtown and back to current schedule at Exton.