Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak’s Palmetto’

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.

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Greenville Thruway Bus Stop Changes

August 13, 2018

The stop for the Amtrak Thruway bus serving Greenville, North Carolina, has been moved to the G.K. Butterfield Transportation depot

Buses Nos. 6089 and 6090 will now stop at 600 S. Pitt St., located about 10 blocks southwest of the previous stop.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the new stop is an upgraded station with a waiting room and restrooms. Thruway buses will depart from bus slip 2.

Nos. 6089 and 6090 operates to and from the Amtrak station in Wilson, North Carolina, where they connect with New York-Savannah, Georgia, Palmetto. The western terminus of the bus route is in Morehead City, North Carolina.

CSX Track Work to Disrupt North Carolina Service

June 1, 2018

CSX track work will disrupt operations of Amtrak’s Palmetto, Carolinian and Silver Star on June 4-5.

On June 5, Train No. 92 will be renumbered 1092 and depart Miami three hours later than the current schedule, at 2:50 p.m. It will operate on this later schedule through to New York.

On June 5, Trains 79 and 80 will operate only between Rocky Mount and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Service will be canceled between New York and Rocky Mount, with no alternate transportation provided.

Nos. 89 and 90 will operate only between New York and Washington. No alternative service is being provided between Washington and Savannah, Georgia.

Signal Work to Affect Trains Through Richmond

April 17, 2018

Signal work being conducted this month by CSX will cause 45 to 120-minute delays for all trains arriving and departing Richmond Staples Mill station, Amtrak said in a service advisory.

Affected will be the Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Auto Train, Palmetto, Northeast Regional and Carolinian. Amtrak service will be affected on the dates shown below:

Sunday, April 22

  • Train 65 will terminate at Washington, with no alternate transportation provided between Washington and Newport News, Virginia.
  • Train 66 will originate at Washington with no alternate transportation provided between Newport News and Washington.
  • Train 79 will originate at Rocky Mount, North Carolina, with no alternate transportation provided between New York and Rocky Mount.
  • Train 80 will terminate at Rocky Mount with no alternate transportation provided between Rocky Mount and New York.
  • Trains 87 and 195 will terminate at Washington with no alternate transportation provided between Washington and Richmond, Virginia.
  • Trains 89 and 90 will operate between New York and Washington, only. Trains are cancelled between Washington and Savannah, Georgia, with no alternate transportation provided.
  • Train 96 will originate at Richmond, with no alternate transportation provided between Newport News and Richmond.
  • All other trains will operate normally.

Monday, April 23

  • Trains 86 and 174 will originate at Washington with no alternate transportation provided between Richmond and Washington.
  • All other trains will operate normally.

Signal Work Affects Richmond Trains

March 16, 2018

Signal work being performed by CSX will result in delays of 45 to 120 minutes for all trains arriving and departing Staples Mills station in Richmond, Virginia.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said that on March 26 the Carolinian will operate between only Rocky Mount and Charlotte, North  Carolina. No service will be provided at stations between New York and Rocky Mount.

The Palmetto will operate between New York and Washington only. Service will not be available at any station served by the Palmetto south of Washington.

On March 27, the Carolinian will again operate only between  Rocky Mount and Charlotte with service canceled between New York and Rocky Mount  and no alternate transportation provided.

Other trains will be affected by the signal work on March 26 as follows:

  • Train 67 will terminate at Washington with no alternate transportation provided between Washington and Newport News.
  • Train 94 will originate at Richmond Staples Mills station with no alternate transportation between Newport News and Richmond.
  • Train 85 will terminate at Washington with no alternate transportation between Washington and Richmond.
  • Train 84 will depart Norfolk at 6 am and operate 10 minutes earlier through its arrival in Richmond. Normal schedules will resume from Richmond to New York.
  • Train 66 will originate in Washington with no alternate transportation between Newport News and Washington.
  • Train 125 will terminate at Washington with no alternate transportation provided between Washington and Norfolk.
  • All other trains will operate normally

Trains will operate on 27 as follows:

  • Train 66 will originate at Richmond with no alternate transportation provided between Newport News and Richmond.
  • Train 67 will terminate at Richmond with no alternate transportation provided between Richmond and Newport News.
  • Train 84 will originate at Washington with no alternate transportation between Norfolk and Washington.
  • Train 174 will originate at Washington with no alternate transportation between Richmond and Washington.
  • All other trains will operate normally.

Amtrak Begins Restoring Southeast Service

September 14, 2017

Amtrak service restoration to the Southeast begins today when the southbound Palmetto will resume service from New York to Savannah, Georgia.

The northbound Palmetto will operate for the first time on Friday since being suspended in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Irma last weekend.

The service restoration also includes related Amtrak Thruway Bus connections.

The Silver Star will resume operation on Friday between New York and Jacksonville, Florida. The trains will add a stop at Jesup, Georgia.

Service remains suspended between Jacksonville and Miami via via Orlando and Tampa.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the New York-Miami Silver Meteor and the Auto Train between Lorton, Virginia, and Sanford, Florida, remain suspended. No service resumption date was provided in the service advisory.

Southeast Amtrak Trains Still Suspended

September 13, 2017

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which at last report had been downgraded to a tropical depression, Amtrak service in the Southeast remains suspended

In a service advisory issued Tuesday night, Amtrak said the Silver Star and Silver Meteor between New York and Miami remain canceled through Sept.14.

The southbound Auto Train from Lorton, Virginia, to Sanford, Florida, is canceled through Sept. 14. The northbound Auto Train is suspended through Sept. 15.

The Palmetto from New York to Savannah, Georgia, is canceled through Sept. 13, while its northbound counterpart is suspended through Sept. 13.

 

Most Amtrak Service to SE Still Suspended

September 12, 2017

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Amtrak has continued to suspend service to the Southeast.

The New York-Miami Silver Star and Silver Meteor will remain sidelined through Wednesday.

The southbound Auto Train is canceled through today while its northbound counterpart is suspended through Wednesday.

The southbound Palmetto from New York to Savannah, Georgia, is canceled through today. The northbound Palmetto is  canceled through Wednesday.

The New York-New Orleans Crescent did not operate on Monday.

New Station Being Built in N. Charleston, SC

August 24, 2017

A groundbreaking ceremony was to be held today to launch construction of a new intermodal station in North Charleston, South Carolina.

The new city-owned facility will be built next to the existing Amtrak Station on Gaynor Street.

Once opened in late 2018, the 15,000-square foot facility will serve Amtrak, Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority buses and Southeastern Stages. Uber and taxi companies will have access to the facility.

The North Charleston Intermodal Transportation Center is projected to cost $15 million.

Much of the funding is being provided by the Federal Transit Administration, with Charleston County, North Charleston and the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority also contributing.

“We were, quite honestly, ashamed 20 years ago of where people got off the train in North Charleston,” Mayor Keith Summey said. “Now, people who travel out of Charleston and into the area will have a great place to stop that we as citizens can be proud of as a welcoming area.”

The railroad station was built in the 1950s with separate waiting rooms, restrooms and water fountains for whites and blacks.

A rash of burglaries in the 1980s prompted the station to be enclosed by a fence topped with barb wire that some said made it look more like a jail than a railroad depot.

“We anticipate not having barbed wire up at the new building,” said North Charleston Project Manager Adam MacConnell. “It will be more of a park-like setting. There will be little walking trails where people can get out and sit on benches under some of the grand oaks that are out there.”

The city will kick in about $100,000 annually to make up for an anticipated shortfall in operating costs.

The station will have offices for the tenants, a meeting room and a room for a history display on the surrounding Liberty Hill neighborhood, North Charleston’s oldest community.

A plan 10 years ago to establish an Amtrak station on land owned by CARTA on West Montague Avenue failed to pan out because CSX feared that Amtrak trains might impede rail freight traffic at its nearby Bennett Yard.

Instead, the proposed intermodal facility was revived for the Gaynor Avenue site and scaled back to about half its original planned size.

The current Amtrak station will continue in service until the new intermodal facility is complete.

Amtrak serves North Charleston with its New York-Miami Silver Meteor and New York-Savannah, Georgia, Palmetto.

Track Work Disrupts Carolinian, Palmetto, Silver Star

May 2, 2017

Track work being performed by CSX will affect operations of the Palmetto, Carolinian and Silver Star on Tuesday and Wednesday.

New York-Charlotte, North Carolina, Nos. 79 and 80 will operate between Raleigh, North Carolina, and Charlotte only. Trains will not operate between New York and Raleigh.

New York-Savannah, Georgia, Nos. 89 and 90 will operate between New York and Washington only. Trains will not operate between Washington and Savannah.

The New York-bound Silver Star will depart Miami four hours earlier at 7:50 a.m. and operated four hours earlier at all intermediate stations as train No. 1192.