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Bus Schedules Change in North Carolina; Buses Replace Trains to Atlantic City

October 22, 2020

Eastern North Carolina Thruway Service changed on Oct. 20 at certain cities with the changes in effect through Aug. 20, 2021.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said buses 6089 and 6090 are suspended while Buses 6189 and 6190 are canceled on Tuesdays.

Bus service is suspended at Goldsboro, Kinston, Havelock, Morehead City and Swansboro.

Bus service will continue at Wilmington, Jacksonville, New Bern, Greenville and Wilson.

In an unrelated development New Jersey Transit will substitute buses for trains on weekends between Philadelaphia (30th Street Station) and Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The bus substitutions will continue through Dec. 18 due to work on the Delair Bridge. The work will affect rail service between 4 a.m. on Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Passengers boarding at 30th Street station will board the bus on JFK Boulevard across from the station’s 30th Street entrance. The bus will depart at the scheduled train time.

Those traveling on a bus to 30th Street Station will disembark on  the driveway on the 30th Street side of the station right outside the doors.

NJT Restores Atlantic City Service From Philadelphia

May 18, 2019

Intercity rail service to Atlantic City, New Jersey, has resumed. New Jersey Transit operates the service between Philadelphia and Atlantic City.

At one time Amtrak operated trains on this route.

The service had been suspended last September for the installation of positive train control on the line.

Along with restoring the Atlantic City trains NJT also restored the Princeton Dinky, which links the campus of Princeton University and Princeton Junction on the Northeast Corridor.

Installation of PTC on the two routes was delayed for several months beyond the projected finish date of Jan. 1, 2019.

The return of Atlantic City service saw the frequency of morning service at Philadelphia increase from three roundtrips to five, but a schedule change has led to some grumbling.

On the positive side NJT established a new morning arrival in Philadelphia. But NJT also ended two post-midnight trains from Atlantic City to Philly that had been heavily used by casino workers.

The workers are also upset that a train that had left at 5:45 p.m. has been moved up to depart at 4:55 p.m., which means those working 9 to 5 won’t get off work in time to catch that train home.

They will now have to wait for a 6:45 p.m. train to return home.

The return of the Atlantic City service was welcomed, though, by some who feared the route would not be reinstated because it has been the least patronized NJT route.

NJT said it ended the post-midnight departures from Atlantic City because they averaged fewer than 40 passengers a day and that alternative bus service was available.

Atlantic City Service Suspended Through May 24

April 4, 2019

Rail service to Atlantic City, New Jersey, is expected to remain suspended through May 24 as host railroad New Jersey Transit installs positive train control on the route.

Although Amtrak does not provide its own service to Atlantic City, it does sell tickets for passengers wishing to connect to trains headed there.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said it would resume selling tickets to Atlantic City once service resumes next month.

Amtrak passengers said passengers on Acela Express or Northeast Regional trains can still reach Atlantic City by disembarking at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia and going to the upper level of the station where SEPTA service is located.

Passengers should take a SEPTA train to the Jefferson Station and then disembark. They should walk across the street to the Greyhound station and board Bus 551, which travels to Atlantic City

SEPTA will honor Amtrak tickets to Atlantic City via this route during the NJ Transit service suspension.

Another alternative would be for passengers to take the SEPTA Market/Frankford subway service, located across 30th street from Amtrak 30th Street Station, to the 8th and Market Street Station.

From there, passengers will ride the PATCO rapid transit train service to Lindenwold Station for the Route 554 bus to Atlantic City and intermediate locations.

Atlantic City Service to be Restored in May

March 4, 2019

New Jersey Transit plans to resume service to Atlantic City, New Jersey, on May 24.

On the same day it will restore service on the Princeton Branch.

Service on both routes was suspended last September as the agency installed positive train control and performed maintenance inspections.

In the interim passengers were accommodated by shuttle bus service.

That led to discontent from riders subjected to crowded buses and long commutes without being told when those conditions would end.