PORTLAND, Maine – A series of track improvement projects between Brunswick, ME and Dover, NH will cause changes and interruptions to Amtrak Downeaster passenger rail service beginning on September 8, 2018 and continue into mid-October.
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Summer Infrastructure Renewal Program completed on schedule
NEW YORK – Amtrak has completed its summer infrastructure renewal work at New York Penn Station, allowing the Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Adirondack, and Maple Leaf trains to return to New York Penn Station on Tuesday, Sept. 4 as planned. Since Saturday, May 26, these four trains that travel to and from Northern New York and Canada were running in and out of New York Grand Central Terminal to accommodate the track and infrastructure upgrades.
Amtrak investing $370 million in equipment to improve Corridor
WASHINGTON – Amtrak is investing $370 million over an estimated three-year period for new equipment that will improve the overall experience for those traveling along the Northeast Corridor (NEC). The purchase of this new equipment will double Amtrak engineering efforts on the NEC, accelerating maintenance work.
“More than 890,000 Amtrak customers and commuter passengers rely on the Northeast Corridor for transportation every weekday, and we are working to make their ride smoother and more reliable,” said Amtrak Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Scot Naparstek.
Activation on BNSF subdivisions is Amtrak’s first host-owned territory implemented with PTC
WASHINGTON – Amtrak, in coordination with BNSF Railway, will implement Positive Train Control (PTC) over several BNSF-owned subdivisions this week, marking the first activation on host-owned territory used by Amtrak.
“Amtrak’s highest priority is ensuring the safety of our passengers, our crews and the communities we serve, and full implementation of PTC will make the entire network safer,” said Amtrak Executive Vice President of Safety Ken Hylander. “While we are excited to achieve this milestone, we must continue to work together to activate PTC and make the national railroad network safer.”
WASHINGTON – Amtrak is proud to introduce lactation suites to accommodate nursing mothers at five major train stations, four of which will be installed in time for summer travel season, located at Amtrak stations in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and Chicago.
New station in Marks, Miss., on the historic City of New Orleans route
MARKS, Miss. – Effective this weekend, Amtrak City of New Orleans trains will stop daily at a new station in Marks, Miss., on the Chicago-New Orleans route made famous in a song by Steve Goodman and recorded by Arlo Guthrie and many others. Service in both directions is effective Saturday, May 5, with a ribbon-cutting event this Friday evening, May 4.
Marks (station code MKS) is about midway between current stops in Greenwood, Miss., and Memphis. Northbound, adult fares from Marks to Memphis start at $20, St. Louis via Carbondale, Ill., $81, and Chicago $87. Southbound, adult fares from Marks to Greenwood start at $20; Jackson, Miss., $27 and New Orleans $47. These fares are each way, with a 14-day advance purchase on Amtrak.com, our mobile apps or by calling 800-USA-RAIL.
Issues RFQ Seeking Developer Partner
PHILADELPHIA – As part of its ongoing work to enhance the customer experience at Philadelphia 30th Street Station, Amtrak announced today it is seeking a master developer partner to update the historic station. With the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), Amtrak begins a two-phase process that will result in the selection of a preferred developer who will assist in: introducing new customer amenities, reinvigorating the retail and commercial potential of the station, enhancing transit and pedestrian circulation and expanding the station’s concourses to accommodate anticipated increases in ridership.
Critical work to benefit New York State, improve reliability for LIRR, NJT and Amtrak customers
NEW YORK – Amtrak will continue its Infrastructure Renewal program at New York Penn Station during Summer 2018 by performing critical reconstruction of three major railroad infrastructure assets in New York City: The Empire Tunnel and the Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, which provides train access between Upstate New York and New York Penn Station, as well as renewal work on Track 19 in New York Penn Station, which will help provide commuters with more reliable service. The total cost of the projects is estimated between $45 and $50 million, which will keep this important infrastructure in a state of good repair for Amtrak and benefit New York State with an upgraded, state-of-the art railroad.
Due to the work on the Empire Connection and Spuyten Duyvil Bridge, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Adirondack, and Maple Leaf trains will all be rerouted from New York Penn Station to Grand Central Terminal between Saturday, May 26, and Tuesday, Sept. 4. The Lake Shore Limited will only operate between Boston and Chicago, with New York City and Hudson Valley customers connecting from Empire Service trains at Albany-Rensselaer.
WASHINGTON – In honor of the late Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter, Amtrak will be naming the Rochester Station as a dedication to her career in public service and commitment to leading several projects in the Northern New York area, including the station’s development.
These improvements demonstrate a long-term commitment to safe and faster movement of trains along this growing passenger rail corridor.