Friday, November 02, 2012

Amtrak update: Repairs continue, test train to operate; New York City service restoration underway

Written by  Mischa Wanek-Libman, engineering editor

Repairs continue to be made on Amtrak's system in order to resume service to and from New York City from points south and north on the Northeast Corridor.

Amtrak has pumped water from one of the two railroad-owned tunnels under the Hudson River and repairs continue in order to operate modified service. Among the procedures being followed is the operation of a test train -- without public passengers -- between New York City and Newark, N.J.

Repairs by other track owners also continue for the route between New York City and Albany-Rensselaer, with no estimate available for a restoration date for Empire Service trains between New York City and Buffalo/Niagara Falls, the Adirondack (Trains 68 & 69) to and from Montreal, Québec, Canada, and the Ethan Allen Express (Trains 290 & 291) to and from Rutland, Vt.

Amtrak will provide Acela Express and Northeast Regional modified service on the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C., via New York City, on Friday, November 2. Amtrak advises, before traveling to Boston-South Station, New York-Penn Station, Philadelphia-30th Street Station or other Amtrak locations, passengers should make reservations and/or use the eTicketing option with their computers and smartphones.

Amtrak services to and from New York City are subject to delay while repairs continue. For a full list of modified routes, please visit Amtrak.com.