Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak’s Piedmonts’

2 Piedmonts to Be Canceled on Feb. 18

February 14, 2020

Amtrak Piedmont Trains 74 and 77 will be canceled on Feb. 18 due to Norfolk Southern track work.

The trains operate in North Carolina, between Charlotte and Raleigh. In a service advisory Amtrak said no alternate transportation will be provided.

All other Carolinian (New York-Charlotte) and Piedmont service trains will operate normally.

 

 

Track Work to Dispute Carolinian, Piedmonts

October 26, 2019

Norfolk Southern track work will disrupt operations of some Piedmont and Carolinian trains on Oct. 29.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said Piedmont Service Trains 74, 75, 76 and 77 will be cancelled and alternate transportation will not be provided.

The Carolinian from Charlotte, North Carolina, to New York, will originate at Raleigh, North Carolina.

No alternate transportation is being provided between Charlotte and Raleigh.

All other Carolinian and Piedmont trains will operate normally on Oct. 29.

 

Hearing Set for Proposed NC Station Project

October 22, 2019

A second platform is planned by the North Carolina Department of Transportation for the Amtrak station in Kannapolis, North Carolina.

NCDOT will host a public meeting on Oct. 24 to gather opinions on the need for the platform at the station that is served by the state-supported Carolinian and Piedmont trains.

The existing single platform is located on one side of the double-track North Carolina Railroad/Norfolk Southern Main Line.

NCDOT has proposed building a pedestrian overpass from South Ridge Avenue and South Main Street to the platform.

In addition to the public meeting, NCDOT will accept comments via email and phone through Nov. 7.

All comments will be reviewed and considered for the final design, department officials said.

NB Silver Star to Run Later Due to CSX Track Work

October 20, 2019

CSX track work being conducted this week will affect operations of Amtrak trains in North Carolina.

Between Oct. 20 and 23, the northbound Silver Star, will be renumbered 1192 and operate on a later schedule from Jacksonville, Florida, to New York.

The train will depart Jacksonville at 12:03 a.m., one hour later than the current schedule, and depart Savannah, Georgia, at 3:52 a.m, 2 hours 30 minutes later than the current schedule.]

Train 1192 may have 15 to 30-minute delays between Rocky Mount and Petersburg.

Between Oct. 21 and 24, Trains 52, 53, 79, 80, 89, 90, 91, 97 and 98 can expect 15- to 30-minute delays between Petersburg and Rocky Mount.

Passengers scheduled to connect from the northbound Silver Star to Piedmont Service No. 75 at Cary, North Carolina, will be re-accommodated on Train 77 instead.

Extra Stops in North Carolina This Week for Events

October 20, 2019

Amtrak’s Carolinian and Piedmont trains are making additional stops in North Carolina to serve the state fair and Lexington BBQ Festival.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said Train 80 will arrive at the State Fair at 9:53 a.m. and only discharge passengers through Oct. 27

Train 77 will depart the State Fair at 3:09 p.m. and only receive passengers.

The Lexington BBQ Festival will be served by Amtrak on Oct. 26 with Trains 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79 and 80 stopping in Lexington.

Track Work to Result in Piedmont Cancellations

September 7, 2019

Track work being performed by Norfolk Southern will result in some Piedmont Service being canceled on Sept. 9 and 10.

Affected are Trains 74, 75, 76 and 77 in North Carolina between Raleigh and Charlotte.

No alternative transportation is being provided, but all Piedmont Service trains and the Carolinian will operate normally on these dates.

 

New Cars Coming to Piedmont Trains

August 27, 2019

The oldest cars currently assigned to Amtrak’s Piedmont service will be replaced using a $77 million grant.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation received a grant from the Federal Railroad Administration to upgrade its Piedmont rail car fleet.

NCDOT officials said they’ll use the grant to support a fleet of new coaches assigned to the service that operates between Raleigh and Charlotte.

The project also includes improvements to NCDOT’s locomotive and rail-car maintenance facility in Charlotte that supports the Piedmont fleet.

Planning and engineering for the facility will begin once a contract agreement has been signed with the FRA.

FRA Grants to Benefit Passenger Rail

August 27, 2019

The Federal Railroad Administration has announced the awarding of more than $272 million in grant funding to 10 rail projects through its State of Good Repair Program.

Several of those projects will benefit passenger rail.

The Michigan Department of Transportation was awarded up to $23.3 million for a rehabilitation work on the state-owned line between Kalamazoo and Dearborn that is used by Amtrak’s Wolverine Service and Blue Water trains.

The project entails rebuilding rail, crossties and track surfaces, and replacing two railroad bridges in Jackson.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation received $15.1 million to rehabilitate and upgrade an interlocking plant in Philadelphia at the junction of the Amtrak-owned Keystone Corridor and Northeast Corridor main lines.

Work will include slope stabilization and reconstruction of retaining walls, rehabilitation of an existing but underutilized track, and switch and signal reconfiguration.

Chicago commuter agency Metra will receive $17.8 million to construct a new grade-separated, double-tracked rail bridge over Milwaukee Avenue north of the Grayland Metra Station on Metra’s Milwaukee District-North Line in Chicago.

The city-owned New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal will receive $3.7 million to complete final design for upgrading station platforms and train service capabilities.

The platform modifications will bring the platforms into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, increase platform height to provide level boarding for Amtrak’s Sunset Limited and City of New Orleans, and improve the step height for boarding the Crescent.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation was awarded $41.2 million to replace and upgrade Tower I interlocking, a major rail network junction at the entrance to the Boston South Station terminal area.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation received $76.9 million for the Piedmont intercity fleet and infrastructure investments project.

The project involves the acquisition of 13 new passenger coaches for use in the Piedmont service and an expansion of the Charlotte Locomotive and Rail-car Maintenance Facility.

New Jersey Transit received $18.4 million for platform D improvements at Newark Penn Station. The project includes repairing and/or replacing Platform D slabs and joints, reconstructing platform edges, installing new tactile strips and timber rub rails, repairing the overhead canopy and upgrading lighting.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation was awarded $12.5 million for a major rehabilitation of the Amtrak station in Providence.

The Washington State Department of Transportation was awarded $37.5 million to procure three new consists for use in the Amtrak Cascades service.

The project will replace the three Washington state-owned Talgo VI trainsets: two used in current service and one damaged in the December 2017 derailment.

The loss of the damaged trainset reduced the Amtrak Cascades schedule from six to four daily round trips.

The project will enable WSDOT to meet existing and anticipated passenger demand, and allow Washington to retire its Talgo VI trainsets.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation was awarded $25.7 million to replace deteriorated, outdated passenger cab-baggage and coach cars used in the Chicago–Milwaukee Amtrak Hiawatha service with three single-level cab-coach cars and six single-level coach cars.

A Little Promontory in North Carolina

May 10, 2019

The Rail Division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation got into the spirit of the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike by posing two of its locomotives in a manner that duplicated the famous photo made at Promontory, Utah.

It posed F59PHI No. 1869 with cab control unit No. 101 along with agency staff in a recreation of the iconic image made in 1869 by A.J. Russell.

The agency also used the event to promote $1 fares being offered for travel aboard Piedmont Service trains on May 10 and 11.

The discount fares quickly sold out said Rail Division Deputy Director Allan Paul, noting that each train has a capacity of 300.

“Many of them will be first-time riders and lots of families,” Paul said of those who purchased the tickets.” We hope they will have a good Piedmont experience and become repeat customers.”

Officials said that ridership of the Piedmont trains, which are operated by Amtrak, has risen 33 percent in the first half of fiscal year 2019 and ticket revenue is up 39 percent. The first half of the fiscal year ended in March.

Some Piedmonts Canceled Due to Track Work

May 9, 2019

Some of Amtrak’s Piedmont Service trains will be canceled on certain dates next month due to track work being performed by Norfolk Southern.

Nos. 74, 75, 76 and 77 will not operate between Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina, on June 10, 11, 24, 25, and July 1, 2 and 9.

No alternative transportation is being offered to those already booked to travel on those trains on those dates.

The track work will not affect the New York-Charlotte Carolinian or other Piedmont trains on those dates.