Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak’s Palmetto’

Siemens to Build New Cars for Amtrak

April 21, 2021

Amtrak will contract with Siemens for new equipment that will be assigned to service in the Northeast Corridor, on some state-supported trains and for the New York-Savannah, Georgia, Palmetto.

The passenger carrier said Siemens was chosen as the “preferred bidder” to build 83 intercity trainsets.

Siemens is already constructing new Venture cars to be used for Midwest and California corridor services.

Amtrak said it chose Siemens as part of a competitive procurement process that began in January 2019.

The new equipment will feature dual power in some cases and will replace Amfleet I and Metroliner cab cars.

The equipment is also expected to replace existing equipment used in Cascades Service in the Pacific Northwest.

Siemens and Amtrak are talking about a contract for construction and long-term service that both parties hope to sign this summer.

The contract would also include technical support, spares and material supply.

An Amtrak spokeswoman said the carrier would not release any other information about the equipment order beyond what was reported in a news release.

Track Work Affects Florida Trains

April 6, 2021

CSX track work has resulted in service changes for the Silver Star, Silver Meteor and Virginia corridor service.

Between April 2 and May 5 operations will be affected as follows.

On Friday through Sunday, April 3-May 5, the Silver Star will operate normally between New York and Savannah, Georgia.

Train 81 will depart Savannah at 4:33 a.m., 15 minutes later than normal; Jacksonville, Florida, at 7:29 a.m., 30 minutes later than normal, and will operate this later schedule at all stations between Jacksonville and Miami.

On Thursday through Saturday, April 2-May 1, the northbound Silver Star will operate normally between Miami and Hamlet, North Carolina. Train 92 will leave Hamlet at 6:29 a.m., 15 minutes later than normal; Raleigh, North Carolina, at 9:15 a.m., 30 minutes later than normal, and will operate this later schedule at all stations between Raleigh and New York.

On Monday through Thursday, April 19-May 5, the southbound Silver Meteor will depart Savannah at 6:45 a.m., 5 minutes later than normal, Jacksonville at 9:59 a.m., 25 minutes later than normal and will operate this later schedule at all stations between Jacksonville and Miami.

On Sunday through Wednesday, April 18-May 5, the northbound Silver Meteor will depart Savannah at 7:51 p.m., 20 minutes later than normal; Charleston at 9:42 p.m., 20 minutes later than normal, and will operate this later schedule at all stations between Charleston and New York.

Amtrak Thruway bus schedules 6091, 6097, 6291, 7591/7991 and 7597/7997will be adjusted to reflect later connection times.

The Carolinian, Palmetto and Auto Trains can expect up to 30 minute delays.

CSX Track Work Disrupts Southeast Service

March 19, 2021

CSX track work has affected the operations of several Amtrak trains in the Southeast through April 25.

The southbound Silver Star will on Friday through Sunday depart Savannah, Georgia, at 4:33 a.m, 15 minutes later than normal.

Train 91 will depart Jacksonville, Florida, at 7:29 a.m, 30 minutes later than normal and depart later at all stations between Jacksonville and Miami.

On March 18, 26 and April 2, No. 91 will stop in North Carolina at Selma and Wilson and depart all stations from Raleigh to Denmark, South Carolina, six minutes later than normal, Savannah 21 minutes later than normal and all stations from Jacksonville to Miami 36 minutes later than normal.

The northbound Silver Star on Thursday through Saturday will depart Hamlet, North Carolina, at 6:29 a.m., 15 minutes later than normal.

It will depart Raleigh at 9:15 a.m., 30 minutes later than normal and depart later at all stations between Raleigh and New York.

On March 19 and 26 and April 2, No. 92 will stop at Selma and Wilson and depart Hamlet at 6:29 a.m., 15 minutes later than normal.

It will depart Raleigh at 9:15 a.m., 30 minutes later than normal, Rocky Mount 39 minutes later than normal and operate 37 minutes later at all stations from Petersburg, Virginia, to Alexandria, Virginia, and 35 minutes later than normal from Washington to New York.

The Carolinian will operate between Charlotte and Raleigh on Monday through Thursday between March 29 and April 1.

No alternative transportation is being provided between New York and Raleigh.

On March 16 through March 28 Train 79 will depart Selma at 4:58 p.m., 20 minutes later than normal and operate on that later schedule to Charlotte.

On March 16 through March 28, Train 80 will depart Rocky Mount at 11:40 a.m., five minutes later than normal, Petersburg at 1:21 p.m., 10 minutes later than normal, Richmond Staples Mill at 2:31 p.m., 20 minutes later than normal and operate on this later schedule to Washington.

The southbound Palmetto will operate operate between New York and Washington only on Mondays and Thursdays with no alternate transportation provided between Washington and Savannah.

No. 89 will operate on Saturdays between New York and Savannah, departing Florence, South Carolina, at 5:59 p.m., 15 minutes later than normal.

The northbound Palmetto will operates on Wednesdays and Fridays between Washington and New York, with no alternate transportation provided between Savannah and Washington.

No. 90 will operate between Savannah and New York on Saturdays, departing Richmond Staples Mill at 5:39 p.m., 15 minutes later than normal and operating on a later schedule to Washington.

The train will depart Washington  at its normal time of 8:30 p.m.

The southbound Silver Meteor during the period of March 15 to April 1 will depart Fayetteville, North Carolina, at 1:37 a.m., 15 minutes later than normal, Florence at 3:33 a.m., 20 minutes later than normal and Savannah at 7:10 a.m., 30 minutes later than normal. It will operate on this later schedule at all stations to Miami.

The northbound Silver Meteor during the period of March 14 through March 31 will depart Kingstree, South Carolina, at 10:21 p.m., 10 minutes later than normal, Rocky Mount at 2:29 a.m., 20 minutes later than normal and Richmond Staples Mill at 4:57 a.m., 25 minutes later than normal. It will operate on this later schedule at all stations to New York.

The Auto Train is expected to be delayed by 20 minutes in each direction.

Amtrak Long-Distance Trains to Resume Daily Service

March 11, 2021

Amtrak said Wednesday it will reinstate daily service on 12 long-distance routes starting in late May.

Trains on those routes shifted last year to tri-weekly or quad-weekly service in the wake of steep ridership declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcement of expanded service came hours after the U.S. House of Representatives approved a pandemic relief package that contains increased funding for Amtrak.

The legislation also contains a mandate that routes that had daily service until last year resume daily operation and that furloughed employees be recalled.

President Joseph Biden is expected to sign the $1.9 trillion bill on Friday.

Two routes, the Chicago-New York Cardinal and New Orleans-Los Angeles Sunset Limited will be unaffected by the changes because those routes have operated on tri-weekly schedules for years.

Amtrak has already resumed selling tickets for the expanded days of operation on the 12 routes.

Trains returning to daily service on May 24 include the Chicago-Emeryville, California, California Zephyr; Seattle-Los Angeles Coast Starlight; Chicago-Portland/Seattle Empire Builder, and the Chicago-San Antonio-Los Angeles Texas Eagle.

Daily operation returns May 31 for the Chicago-Washington Capitol Limited; Chicago-New Orleans City of New Orleans, Chicago-New York/Boston Lake Shore Limited, and the Chicago-Los Angeles Southwest Chief.

Resuming daily operation on June 7 will be the New York-New Orleans Crescent, New York-Savannah Palmetto, and the New York-Miami Silver Meteor (via Savannah) and Silver Star (via Raleigh).

In a news release, Amtrak said new Viewliner II sleeping cars will be making their debut on the Silver Service trains.

The Auto Train had continued to operate daily and its operations will remain unchanged.

Amtrak will receive $1.7 billion in emergency pandemic aid, which will help fund restoration of daily service on long-distance routes.

CSX Track Work Affects Palmetto, Silver Meteor

February 23, 2021

CSX track work will affect operations of the Palmetto and Silver Meteor through March 11.

The southbound Palmetto will operate on Mondays only from New York to Washington with no alternative transportation being provided south of Washington.

On Thursdays No. 89 will operate only between New York and Florence, South Carolina, with no alternative transportation provided south of Florence.

On Saturdays the Palmetto will operate the length of its route from New York to Savannah, Georgia, but will be rescheduled to arrive in Savannah at 9:14 p.m., 10 minutes later than normal.

The northbound Palmetto will operate only from Washington to New York on Mondays with no alternative transportation available between Savannah and Washington.

Train 90 will operate from Savannah to New York but depart Charleston, South Carolina, a 10:02 a.m., two minutes later than normal; Florence at 11:44 a.m., five minutes later than normal; and Fayetteville, North Carolina, at 1:15 p.m., 10 minutes later than normal.

The southbound Silver Meteor will depart Charleston at 5:01 a.m., 10 minutes later than normal, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Other schedule adjustments for Train 97 include departing Yemassee, South Carolina, at 6:03 a.m., 20 minutes later than normal; and Savannah at 7:10 a.m., 30 minutes later than normal.

The train will operate on a later schedule at all stations from Savannah to Miami.

The northbound Silver Meteor will depart Yemassee at 8:30 p.m., 10 minutes later than normal; Charleston at 9:37 p.m., 20 minutes later than normal; and Florence at 11:42 p.m., 30 minutes later than normal, operating on a later schedule at all stations from Florence to New York.

The Auto Train is expected to incur delays of 30 minutes in both directions between Savannah and Florence.

Track Work to Delay Palmetto, Carolinian

July 20, 2020

Track work being performed by CSX on Monday, July 20 is expected to delay two Amtrak trains.

In a service advisory Amtrak said the work between Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and Petersburg, Virginia may delay the Palmetto and Carolinian for up to 90 minutes.

 

Amtrak Thruway to Serve New N.C. Transit Hub

July 15, 2020

A new transit hub being built in Jacksonville, North Carolina, will be served by Amtrak Thruway buses

The 15,000-square foot facility will also serve local public transportation buses and Greyhound.

The hub is under construction and being funded by $8.9 million in federal and state funds and $1.1 million in local funding.

It is being described as the city’s first building designed to house many public transportation services to be “heavily resistant” to hurricanes.

Jacksonville is located on a Thruway route that links with Amtrak’s Palmetto and Carolinian at Wilson, North Carolina.

Silver Service Changes Coming July 6

July 3, 2020

Amtrak will implement on Monday (July 6) changes to the operations of its Silver Star and Silver Meteor trains between New York and Miami.

Currently both trains operate daily but that will no longer be the case as operation is curtailed so that there will be just one daily train between New York and Miami.

The Silver Star will depart on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; and depart Miami on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

The Silver Meteor will depart New York on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; and depart Miami on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said each train will have five refurbished Amfleet II coaches, three Viewliner sleeping cars, an Amfleet café car and a Viewliner II sleeper lounge for the exclusive use of sleeper class passengers.

Although train service to Tampa will only operate three days a week, an Amtrak Thruway bus connection serving Tampa will connect with the Silver Meteor at Orlando.

The New York-Savannah, Georgia, Palmetto will continue to operate daily as will the Auto Train between Lorton, Virginia, and Sanford, Florida.

Amtrak Eyes Florida Service Cuts July 6

June 20, 2020

A Florida rail advocacy group told its members this week that Amtrak plans to reduce the frequency of operation of its Silver Service trains on July 6.

On that date, the group said, Amtrak plans to begin operating the Silver Star and Silver Meteor on alternating days between New York and Miami.

The group cited an Amtrak memo saying the Silver Meteor will depart New York on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and leave Miami on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Silver Star will depart New York on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and leave Miami on Miami on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The memo said both trains will offer expanded capacity for each departure that will include five Amfleet II coaches, three Viewliner sleeping cars, an Amfleet café car, and a Viewliner II sleeper class passenger lounge.

Daily service to Tampa will be provided by a bus connection at Orlando to and from the Silver Meteor on the days the Silver Star does not operate in Florida.

The service changes will not affect operations of the Palmetto, which will continue to operate daily between New York and Savannah, Georgia.

The Florida group is disputing assertions by Amtrak that the service reductions are temporary until ridership rebounds in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group said the planned July changes will mean that Florida stations in Tampa, Okeechobee, Lakeland and Palatka will only have tri-weekly rail service.

Amtrak has not yet announced the changes to operations of the Florida trains on its website.

Amtrak Southeast Trains Disrupted by Track Work

May 13, 2020

Amtrak’s northbound Silver Meteor cruises through Folkston, Georgia, last weekend. (Photograph by Todd Dillon)

CSX track work has resulted in altered schedules for four Amtrak trains that started this week and extends through June 2.

The southbound Silver Star will be canceled on Monday through Thursday with no alternate transportation provided.

Train 91 will operate on its normal schedule Friday through Sunday from New York and Miami.

The northbound Silver Star will be cancelled Sunday through Wednesday with no alternate transportation provided.

Train 92 will operate on its normal schedule Thursday through Saturday from Miami to New York.

The southbound Silver Meteor is canceled Friday through Sunday with no alternate transportation provided.

Train 97 will operate on its normal schedule Monday through Thursday from New York to Miami.

The northbound Silver Meteor will be canceled Thursday through Saturday with no alternate transportation provided.

Train 98 will operate on its normal schedule Sunday through Wednesday from Miami to New York.

The Carolinian will be canceled Monday through Thursday through May 17. Starting May 18, the Carolinian will operate between Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Trains canceled between New York and Raleigh will have no alternate transportation provided.

Amtrak Thruway Buses 6079 and 6080 are cancelled through May 31.

The Palmetto through May 21 will operate between New York and Washington daily but are cancelled between Washington and Savannah, Georgia, Monday through Thursday with no alternative transportation provided.

Nos. 89 and 90 will operate as scheduled between New York and Savannah Friday through Sunday.

Amtrak Thruway Buses 6089, 6090, 6189 and 6190 are cancelled on the same dates as Trains 89 and 90.

Trains 52, 53, 97 and 98 can expect up to 45-minute delays between Rocky Mount, North Carolina, and Richmond, Monday through Thursday until May 21.