Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak’s Empire Service’

Storm Continues to Disrupt Amtrak in the East

February 2, 2021

Amtrak said Monday afternoon that it will continue to suspend some services while modifying others in the East due to a severe winter storm.

Service between New York and Boston, and between New York and Albany-Rensselaer, New York, was suspended at 3 p.m. Monday due to the closure of Metro-North railroad tracks used by Amtrak.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said modified schedules will operate on Tuesday for Acela service between Boston and Washington, Northeast Regional service between Boston and Virginia via New York and Washington, Keystone Service between New York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, via Philadelphia, and Empire Service between New York and Albany-Rensselaer.

Passengers were advised to contact 800-USA-RAILto determine if their train has been affected.

The latest train operation information is also available at Amtrak.com; via the Amtrak app; or by receiving email or text messages about specific trains, a service available at Amtrak.com/DelayAlerts

Information is also posted on Twitter at @AmtrakNEC and @AmtrakAlerts.

Storms Disrupt Amtrak on East, West Coasts

February 1, 2021

A winter storm on Sunday prompted Amtrak to cancel several services in the East.

Among them was the New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian. Keystone Service between New York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, via Philadelphia operated on a limited schedule.

Also operating on limited or modified schedules was Northeast Regional Service between Boston and Virginia, and Empire Service between New York and Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

All Acela service between Boston and Washington was canceled.

In a related development, storms on the West Coast also caused service suspensions and cancellation over the weekend.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said all service between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, California, has been suspended until further notice because of storm damage on the Union Pacific line along the Pacific Coast.

Pacific Surfliners that normally serve San Luis Obispo originated and terminated in Santa Barbara Sunday and Monday.

Alternative bus service was provided to San Luis Obispo.

Also affected was the Coast Starlight. In a Twitter message, Amtrak said the Starlight would be originating and terminating on Monday in Oakland, California.

Some Amtrak Service Still Suspended

December 18, 2020

Although most Amtrak service in the Northeast Corridor is back operating today, the passenger carrier said some service remain suspended or are operating on modified schedules.

Cancelled service for today (Dec. 18) includes Northeast Regional No. 181 between Washington and Boston; and Empire Service trains  234, 280, 238, 233, 291 and 239 between New York and Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

Running on a modified schedule is Northeast Regional 67, which will operate from Newport News, Virginia, to Washington only.

Amtrak has canceled numerous trains in the Northeast over the past two days due to a winter storm that dumped heavy snow on large swaths of the region.

Track Work to Disrupt Maple Leaf

July 11, 2020

Amtrak’s Maple Leaf will not operate from Niagara Falls to Buffalo-Exchange Street station between July 13 and 15 due to track work being performed by CSX.

On all three days Train No. 64 will originate at Buffalo Exchange.

Passengers holding previously issued tickets who are unable to be re-accommodated will be provided taxi service between Niagara Falls and Buffalo Exchange.

New York Trains to Detour Due to Track Work

June 12, 2020

Track work being performed in the Buffalo, New York, region will result in temporary schedule changes for Amtrak’s Empire Service and Maple Leaf.

On June 12 trains 281 and 283 will detour will detour between Niagara Falls and Buffalo-Depew, missing the station stop at Buffalo Exchange Street Station.

On June 13 through 19 Trains 64, 281, 283 and 284 will detour between Niagara Falls and Buffalo-Depew, missing the station stop at Buffalo Exchange.

No alternate transportation will be provided to Buffalo Exchange during the period of detours and trains may be delayed 10 to 15 minutes.

Storm Damage leads to Cancellations Friday in East

November 2, 2019

Severe weather in the East led Amtrak to cancel and modify some services on Friday.

Most of the affected trains operate in New York State on the Empire Corridor and north of New York City.

Canceled were Boston-New York Acela Express No. 2190; Empire Service trains 280 (Niagara Falls-New York) and 243 (New York-Albany; and Springfield shuttle trains Nos. 451-490 (Springfield, Massachusetts, andNew Haven, Connecticut).

The westbound Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited was cancelled between Boston and Syracuse, New York, and the New York section was canceled between New York and Syracuse.

Passengers were taken by bus to Syracuse to catch No. 49.

The eastbound Lake Shore terminated at Syracuse and the equipment turned to become No. 49.

Some Acela Express and Northeast Regional Service did not operate between New York and Boston.

The New York to Toronto Maple Leaf was cancelled between Albany and Niagara Falls.

Likewise, Empire Service Nos. 284 and 218 were cancelled between Niagara Falls and Albany, but did operate between Albany and New York.

Amtrak’s website on Saturday morning did not indicate if any services were being cancelled or modified today.

However, the eastbound Lake Shore Limited was running several hours late after departing Chicago at 2:16 a.m. rather than its scheduled time of 9:30 p.m.

No. 48 arrived in Cleveland today at 12:22 p.m., nearly seven hours late.

Track Work to Delay Trains in Empire Corridor

October 7, 2019

Track work being performed between New York City and Albany-Rensselaer, New York, between Oct. 11 and 13 will affect operations of Amtrak’s Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, and Lake Shore Limited.

On Oct. 11, Train No. 49 will operate 15 minutes later than normal at all stations from Rhinecliff to Albany-Rensselaer, departing the latter at the normal time of 7:05 p.m.

Trains 238, 242 and 244 will depart Albany-Rensselaer up to 20 minutes later than normal and will operate on a later schedule at all stations between Albany and New York.

Train 290 will depart Albany-Rensselaer at 11:25 a.m, 15 minutes later than normal and will operate on a later schedule at all stations en route to New York.

On Oct. 12 and 13, Train 49 will operate 15 minutes later than normal at all stations between Rhinecliff and Albany-Rensselaer, but depart the latter at the normal time of 7:05 pm.

Train 68 will operate five minutes later than normal at all stations between Rhinecliff and New York.

Trains 238, 244, 256 and 260 will depart Albany-Rensselaer up to 20 minutes later than normal and will operate on a later schedule at all stations en route to New York.

Train 292 will depart Albany-Rensselaer at 2:30 p.m, 20 minutes later than normal and will operate on a later schedule at all stations en route to New York.

Train 296 will operate 10 minutes later than normal at all stations from Rhinecliff to New York.

All other trains will operate normally but may see delays up to 15 minutes through the work area.

Track Work to Affect Empire Corridor Trains

September 5, 2019

Amtrak has announced that track work being performed by Metro-North will affect the operations of Empire Service trains on Sept. 7-8 and 14-15.

All southbound trains will leave Albany-Rensselaer, New York, five minutes earlier and northbound trains will leave New York City five minutes earlier.

Train 233 will depart New York 22 minutes later and operate on a later schedule through to Albany-Rensselaer.

Train 259 will depart New York 25 minutes later and operate on a later schedule through to Albany-Rensselaer.

In another development affecting some Empire Service, reconstruction of the Whirlpool Bridge

Between Niagara Falls, New York, and Niagara Falls, Ontario, will affect operations of the New York-Toronto Maple Leaf between Sept. 9 and Nov. 1.

Train 63 will terminate at Niagara Falls, New York, with alternate transportation being provided between Niagara Falls and Toronto, stopping at Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Bus 4498 will operate between Niagara Falls and Toronto with no intermediate stops in Ontario at St. Catharines, Grimsby, Aldershot or Oakville.

Train 64 will originate in Niagara Falls, New York with alternate transportation being provided between Toronto and Niagara Falls, stopping at Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Bus 4497 will operate will not make intermediate stops at Oakville, Aldershot, Grimsby, or St. Catharines.

Proper documentation is required to cross the U.S./Canadian border.

Select Trains to Stop at New York State Fair

August 6, 2019

Between Aug. 21 and Sept. 2, Amtrak’s Empire Service and Maple Leaf trains will make a special daily stop between Rochester and Syracuse, New York, to serve passengers attending the New York State Fair.

Trains 64, 284 and 288 will depart Niagara Falls, Buffalo Exchange Street, Buffalo Depew and Rochester 10 minutes earlier to accommodate the added stop.

Service Added for Saratoga Racing Season

July 9, 2019

Starting July 13, Empire Service will run additional trains on Saturdays and Sundays. Train 296 will operate in lieu of Train 292 on Saturdays while Train 256 will operate on Saturdays in addition to its normal Sunday operation.

Train 1297 will operate on Sundays in addition to its normal Monday operation.