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Amtrak is planning to operate modified train service to and from NYC

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[float=left]post-5097-0-66091800-1351787293_thumb.jpg[/float]Amtrak is planning to operate modified train service to and from New York City on Friday.


The schedules are to be announced Thursday.


Transit officials said they are continuing to remove water from the train tunnels leading to New York Penn Station in order to make repairs to the tracks, the power systems and the signals that control the movement of trains under the Hudson and East rivers.


Read more: nj.com


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AMTRAK SERVICE RESTORATION PLAN FOR NOVEMBER 3 AND NOVEMBER 4: Amtrak is restoring Empire Service trains between New York City and Albany-Rensselaer on a modified schedule on Saturday, November 3. Amtrak will update this statement by Saturday evening, November 3, for Empire Service trains on Sunday, November 4, and other service beginning Monday, November 5. Repairs by other track owners continue for the route between New York and Albany-Rensselaer, with no estimate available for a restoration date for the Adirondack (Trains 68 & 69) to and from Montreal, Québec, Canada, and the Ethan Allen Express (Trains 290 & 291) to and from Rutland, Vt. As previously announced, Amtrak will provide Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains on weekend schedules on the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C., via New York City, on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4. Amtrak services to and from New York City are subject to delay while repairs continue. To avoid the possibility of long lines at ticket offices and sold-out trains, passengers should make reservations and payment in advance through Amtrak.com, through the Amtrak app on a smartphone, or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. Other plans, full and modified service, for Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4:

  • Keystone Service trains will operate normally between Harrisburg, Penn., and New York
  • Crescent (Trains 19 & 20) will operate normally between New York and New Orleans
  • Cardinal (Train 50) will operate normally between Chicago and New York
  • Vermonter (Trains 54 & 57) will operate normally between St. Albans, Vt., and New York
  • Maple Leaf (Trains 63 & 64) will operate only between Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Albany-Rensselaer, rather than originating and terminating in New York
  • Silver Star (Trains 91 & 92) will operate normally between Miami and New York
  • Lake Shore Limited (Trains 448 & 449) will operate normally Chicago-Boston, with no service to points south of Albany-Rensselaer, rather than (Trains 48 & 49) originating and terminating in New York


Customers are encouraged to monitor Amtrak.com/alerts and those Northeast Corridor passengers on Acela Express, Northeast Regional or Keystone Service trains can follow @AmtrakNEC on Twitter to be notified when updates are posted on Amtrak.com. Amtrak will also be providing updates on its Facebook.com/Amtrak and Twitter.com/Amtrak pages. Passengers who have paid but choose not to travel due to this service disruption can receive a refund or a voucher for future travel. Some tickets booked online that have not yet been printed can be modified or canceled on Amtrak.com or by using the free Amtrak mobile app. To be notified of major service disruptions resulting in delays of 60 minutes or more to multiple trains on the Northeast Corridor, follow @AmtrakNEC on Twitter. (Amtrak - - posted 11/03)

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Amtrak to restore service from NYC to Boston on Friday, and send equipment to help NJ

WASHINGTON — Amtrak will resume service between New York City and Boston on Friday following the repair of commuter rail tracks damaged by Superstorm Sandy, the railroad said late Thursday.

Earlier, Joseph Boardman, the Amtrak’s president, said he was still waiting for confirmation from officials for Metro North, the commuter railroad that owns the damaged tracks Amtrak uses in Connecticut, that the tracks would be ready. But he added: “Right now we’re anticipating we’ll have access to it.”

There has been no service between New York City and points north this week. Limited service between the city and points south resumed Thursday.

With the restart of service to the north, passengers will be able to travel from Washington-to-Boston via New York on Friday.

“We’re getting this railroad back together,” Boardman told reporters in a conference call.

The storm flooded two train tunnels under the Hudson River and four under the East River. One Hudson River tunnel and three East River tunnels were reopened Thursday after the water had been removed, Boardman said.

Boardman said he has also had discussions with Marc Laliberte, the president and chief executive of Via Rail Canada in Montreal, about borrowing trains for Amtrak’s New York state service. If that can be arranged, it would free up other Amtrak trains that could be sent to hard-hit New Jersey to provide commuter service, he said

The discussions were ongoing and no decision had been reached, Boardman said.

“We’re looking for ways to help,” he said. “We intend to be a major force to deliver mobility back to the Northeast.”



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