Posts Tagged ‘Northeast Regional’

NEC Improvements Projects Plan Released

July 21, 2021

A 15-year $117 billion plan for Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor has been released by the Northeast Corridor Commission.

The plan, which the commission billed as the most ambitious reinvestment program in the corridor’s history, encompasses 150 projects and capital renewal efforts.

In a statement, the commission said it hopes the plan, if implemented, will result in a modern and resilient railroad with safe, reliable, and more frequent service; connections to new markets; and reduced travel times between communities.

“Improving the NEC rail system is a vital multistate effort,” said Amit Bose, deputy administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration and NEC Commission co-chair.

The plan, known as C35, is described as the first phase of the long-term vision for the corridor established in the Federal Railroad Administration’s 2017 NEC FUTURE plan to make significant improvements to NEC rail service for both existing and new riders, on both commuter-rail systems and Amtrak.

Among the projects cited in the plan are cutting the Amtrak Acela travel time between Washington and New York by 26 minutes, increasing Amtrak Northeast Regional service levels by 33 percent, and doubling service for several commuter railroads.

Track Work Will Change Some NE Schedules

April 6, 2021

Amtrak said that to accommodate track work being performed between Boston Back Bay and Route 128 stations that Acela and Northeast Regional schedules will be modified on April 10.

Acela Train 2249 will be cancelled and passengers given the option of booking another Acela or Northeast Regional train.

Train 2255 willoperate between Boston and Washington on April 10, only. This train does not normally operate on Saturdays.

Some Northeast Regional trains will be pulled by diesel engines over the weekend due to the overhead catenary system being switched off working hours. This may cause some minimal delays.

NEC Service to be Disrupted

February 22, 2019

Track work being done on the Mystic River bridge in Connecticut will affect Amtrak’s Northeast Regional and Acela Express trains on Feb. 23.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said minor schedule changes will be made ranging from two to 25 minutes between Boston and New York to accommodate the track work.

Track Work Disrupts Northeast Region, Vermont Trains

March 27, 2018

Track work being undertaken between April 6 and 8 will result in Amtrak service cancellations and substitute bus service between Springfield, Massachusetts, and New Haven, Connecticut.

Affected will be Amtrak service to the intermediate stations of  Wallingford, Meriden, Berlin, Hartford, Windsor and Windsor Locks.

On April 6, Northeast Regional Trains 136 and 148 will operate normally from Washington to New Haven with passengers riding a bus to all stations from New Haven to Springfield.

On April 7,  numerous trains will see service disruptions. Northeast Regional Trains 140, 143, 146 and 147 will operate normally between Washington and New Haven, but passengers will be provided bus service at all stations between New Haven and Springfield.

The Vermonter will operate normally between Washington and New Haven with passengers riding a bus to most scheduled intermediate stations between New Haven and St. Albans, Vermont. However, the bus will not stop at Claremont, Windsor and Randolph.

Springfield Shuttle Trains 401, 405, 450, 460, 463, 464, 467 and 488 will be cancelled, and bus service will be provided all stations on the route.

On April 8 Northeast Regional Trains 143 and 157 will operate normally from New Haven to Washington, but passengers originating from points north of New Haven will be provided bus service.

Amtrak Marks 5 Years in Norfolk

December 12, 2017

Amtrak marked the fifth anniversary of service to Norfolk, Virginia, by saying that it was the highest-performing city pair in the Virginia state-supported system for Fiscal Year 2017.

Norfolk is served by a daily Northeast Regional train that operates to and from Washington.

Last year the route served 155,389 passengers, with ridership for the Norfolk station being 47,493.

“The success of the Norfolk service testifies to the progressive vision the Commonwealth has brought to bringing real alternatives for residents to travel,” said Joe McHugh, Amtrak vice president of state-supported services business development in a statement. “Increasing ridership for all the routes in Virginia speaks to how many people recognize trains as the smarter way to travel.”

Virginia helps to underwrite six Northeast Regional trains that serve Norfolk, Richmond, Newport News, Lynchburg and Roanoke and provide a same-seat trip to other cities along the Northeast Corridor. The Norfolk station is also a stop for the Thruway bus connection for service to the Amtrak station in Newport News.

Amtrak previously served Norfolk with the Chicago-Norfolk Mountaineer. That service ended in 1977.

Roanoke Station Platform Work Begins

February 14, 2017

Construction began this week on the platform to be used by Amtrak in Roanoke, Virginia. The project is expected to take 300 days to complete.

Amtrak 4Roanoke is expected to gain Amtrak service through an extension of an existing Northeast Regional train. Service will be a daily roundtrip to Washington that departs in the morning and returns in the evening.

Service is projected to begin in October after the station work is completed. The Roanoke station is expected to cost $10.9 million.

The city best known as the former headquarters of the Norfolk & Western Railway, has not had intercity rail service since the Oct. 1, 1979, discontinuance of the Hilltopper.

In other Amtrak station news, work on the Union Station in Raleigh, North Carolina, is reported to be on schedule with half of the project already completed.

The facility will serve Amtrak trains and regional buses.

The capital of North Carolina is the northern terminus of the state-funded Piedmont trains and is also a stop for the New York-Charlotte Carolinian and the New York-Miami Silver Star.

The station will be located at the end of Martin Street on a site that once had an empty warehouse.

Union Station is projected to open in January 2018. The cost of the project is $90 million with the city paying about $15 million and the balance being funded by state and federal grants.