WASHINGTON – Bolstered by a demand for both business and leisure travel, Amtrak unveiled its summer schedule featuring the most Acela frequencies since the onset of the pandemic and Northeast Regional departures nearing 80% of pre-pandemic service levels. The new summer schedule also includes the restoration of four long distance trains to daily service.
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Amtrak President and CEO Stephen J. Gardner this week congratulated Canadian Pacific (CP) for earning an industry-leading “A” grade for the sixth consecutive year on the annual Amtrak Host Railroad Report Card, which ranks freight railroads for keeping Amtrak trains on-time. Gardner presented the host railroad award to CP President and CEO Keith Creel at Amtrak Chicago Union Station.
The new season of the “ski train” will be offered each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from the weekend of January 14-16 through the weekend of April 1-3—for a total of 36 roundtrips. One-way fares start at just $29—with kids fares (ages 2-12) from $14.50. Bring your skis and snowboards as a carry-on for no additional charge.
SEATTLE – After intensive system testing, crew qualifications, and safety certification in partnership with Sound Transit and the Washington State Department of Transportation, Amtrak Cascades service will resume on the Point Defiance Bypass on November 18. The inland bypass parallels I-5 between the Tacoma Dome Station, Lakewood, JBLM, DuPont and Nisqually.
(September 30, Stockton, CA) – Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park is holding a celebratory “re-dedication” event on Saturday, October 9 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and the Amtrak San Joaquins has scheduled special trains at a 50 percent discount rate to bring visitors to the park for the historically significant event.
We are in mourning today for the people who lost their lives due to the derailment of the Empire Builder train Saturday, near Joplin, Montana, on the BNSF Railway, as well as the many others who were injured. We have no words that can adequately express our sorrow for those who lost a loved one or who were hurt in this horrible event. They are in our thoughts and prayers.
Amtrak Midwest network service modifications due to reduced travel demand are in partnership with the Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri state transportation departments.
WASHINGTON – Amtrak announces full restoration of Coast Starlight service operating daily between Los Angeles and Seattle following several weeks of service interruption resulting from extensive wildfire damage in Northern California. With infrastructure repairs now completed, customers can leverage Amtrak’s train service to travel up and down the California coast, passing through Santa Barbara, the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, and Portland beginning August 23. The service restoration has completed two weeks ahead of schedule, and makes full Coast Starlight service available for the upcoming Labor Day holiday period. The new schedule has been updated on all Amtrak reservation systems, including Amtrak.com and the Amtrak app.
NEW YORK – Amtrak has continued its partnership with the Great New York State Fair as delicious food, eye-opening exhibits, captivating entertainment and fun games are just an Amtrak away. Between Friday, Aug. 20 and Monday, Sept. 6, Amtrak is resuming direct train service for customers travel to and from the Empire State’s largest annual event. In addition to health and safety measures onboard and in stations, including a mask requirement for passengers and employees, customers can experience a safe, convenient, cost-effective, and more comfortable way to travel to the Fair.
WASHINGTON – Amtrak is setting a new standard of travel with enhanced safety and cleaning measures. With its medical director, public health and safety team and partnership with the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, we have studied, analyzed and made improvements to the Amtrak travel experience – from beginning to end – for the safety and health of our people and travelers. In an effort to simplify and safeguard the travel experience, several cleaning, contact-free and convenience measures have been implemented into every part of the customer journey — from time of booking to the moment of arrival.