Posts Tagged ‘Boston South Station’

Boston LSL Section Disrupted by Track Work

May 10, 2021

Track work being performed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will disrupt operations of the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited through June 17 east of Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

On Monday through Thursday Train 448 will terminate at Albany. Alternate transportation will be provided to the missed stops of Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester and Boston South Station. No alternate transportation will be provided to the missed stop of Framingham.

Passengers bound for Boston Back Bay station will be bused to Boston South Station and then take an Amtrak or MBTA commuter train between South Station and Back Bay.

Train 448 also will observe these schedule changes on June 5 and 12, both Sundays.

Train 449 will originate in Albany with alternate transportation provided to the missed stops of Boston, Worcester, Springfield and Pittsfield.

 No alternate transportation will be provided for the missed stops of Back Bay and Framingham.

Passengers traveling from Back Bay have the option of boarding at Boston South or traveling on alternate dates.

At Boston South Station passengers should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.

At Worcester, passengers will board the bus at the main entrance in front of the station. Boarding will not occur at the bus terminal.

Construction Disrupts Boston South Station Doorways

February 14, 2020

Construction at Boston South Station that began last month will affect some of the station’s entrances and exits.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the South Station Air Rights Project will result in some entrances and exits being closed or reconfigured.

Trains also may arrive and depart on a different track than expected.

Amtrak urged passengers using the station to check their train’s track assignment before boarding and to allow extra time to become familiar with the new construction zones.

Amtrak Food Workers Protest Potential Outsourcing

December 23, 2018

Amtrak’s onboard service employees continued to protest last week changes made in food and beverage service, including the potential outsourcing of their jobs.

The employees and their supporters held a rally in front of Boston’s South Station, the latest in a series of demonstrations seeking to bring to public attention changes in meal service and job losses.

Members of Amtrak’s unions fear that the carrier might seek to outsource as many of 1,700 of their members who work in food and beverage jobs.

They called for Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson to be fired, holding up posters of Anderson wearing a top hat with a cartoon-villain mustache drawn on his face.

The union members also gave out fliers of Anderson in a chef hat under the headline, “All aboard the coldcut express!”

Lounge Rehabbed at Boston South Station

December 21, 2018

Amtrak has refurbished its Metropolitan Lounge at Boston South Station.

The facility has been renamed from ClubAcela but remains in its previous location.

In a news release, Amtrak said the lounge received new furniture designed to charge personal electronic devices.

Also new are touchless washbars in the restrooms, the restoration of historical lighting, and a change in the complimentary snack and beverage service.

Passengers will have Internet access, fax and photocopy services, conference room access, and access to newspapers, periodicals and television

Attendants are available to assist with reservations, ticketing and local information.

The lounge is open between 5:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. daily and to serve Acela First Class or sleeping car customers, Single-Day Pass holders, Amtrak Guest Rewards Select Plus and Select Executive members.

Amtrak Business Class customers can purchase daily access passes for $20 per day.

Amtrak said renovation of the ClubAcela lounge into a Metropolitan Lounge is nearly complete at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, and new furnishings have been installed in Washington with a new Metropolitan Lounge expected open in 2020 as part of a larger station renovation.

A new Metropolitan Lounge is planned for 2021, for the new Moynihan Station in New York.

Money Might Fund Boston North-South Link Study

June 15, 2018

Building a rail link between North Station and South Station in Boston may be studied after the Massachusetts state legislature approved a bond bill that includes $10 million for the study.

The link would be built in an underground tunnel and Gov. Charlie Baker will determine if the money will be spent for the study. He has not always been receptive to the project.

Senator Jamie Eldridge, who pushed for the funding, said the long-proposed tunnel would “allow for easier movement across the region’s 138 stations and link lines north of Boston to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor . . . with the potential to reduce the amount of cars driving into Boston by as much as 55,000 vehicles a day.”

Eldridge also said that the $10 million in the bond bill “sends a strong message to Governor Baker of the growing support the North-South Rail Link has in the legislature.”