WASHINGTON – Beginning June 1, Amtrak is restoring Acela service on the Northeast Corridor on a modified schedule in response to anticipated increased demand. Modified service will include the restoration of three weekday Acela roundtrips. Northeast Regional frequencies will also be increased from eight to 10 roundtrips.
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WASHINGTON – As part of Amtrak’s ongoing commitment to protect customers and front-line employees in response to the coronavirus pandemic, beginning on May 11 Amtrak is requiring that all customers in stations, on trains and thruway buses wear facial coverings.
WASHINGTON – Amtrak is making it even easier to see America with its Leap Year Sale, offering customers 50% off ticket purchases. Friday, February 28, through Saturday, February 29, customers can receive half-off coach tickets for travel between March 7 and April 8, 2020. Customers can book discounted tickets at amtrak.com/leap-year-sale.
This Amtrak Thruway Bus service is operated by Illinois Charter with connections at Springfield to Amtrak Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle trains and at Champaign to Amtrak Illini/Saluki and City of New Orleans trains. Lincoln Service, Illini and Saluki trains are operated by Amtrak under a contract with the Illinois Department of Transportation. Illini trains previously directly served Decatur from July 1981 to July 1983.
WASHINGTON – The first of Amtrak’s 28 new Acela trainsets, scheduled to enter service throughout the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in 2021, will be leaving from Alstom’s facility in Hornell, N.Y. on Monday, Feb, 17 for high-speed testing at the Transportation Technology Center near Pueblo, Colo. Nine months of dynamic testing will include the trainset’s pantograph, railway dynamics, tilting, traction, slip/slide and wayside protection, brakes, and train control management systems. Once complete, the trainset will return to Alstom for installation of its interiors.
WASHINGTON – At Amtrak, we want to show customers how much we love them by offering a Valentine’s Day Buy One Get One Free Sale. Thursday, February 13, through Monday, February 17, customers can buy one coach ticket and get the second free for nationwide travel between March 9 and August 30, 2020, with no blackout dates. Customers can receive discounted tickets by using the code V214 at checkout or at amtrak.com/valentines-day-sale.
NEW YORK – Amtrak continues to prioritize upgrading the customer experience as travelers along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) will now benefit from increased weekday service on Northeast Regional trains at popular stations in Mystic, CT and Westerly, RI to receive more access to the region’s major markets. The new schedule, which largely alternates trains at these stations to provide more meaningful service, will go into effect beginning Monday, March 16.
PORTLAND, MAINE – The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNEPRA) announced today that the Amtrak Downeaster achieved record breaking ridership of 574,404 passengers in calendar year 2019, a 7.8% increase from 2018. The previous ridership record of 546,056 passengers was set in 2017.
WASHINGTON – According to research released by the U.S. Travel Association, Americans left 768 million days of paid time off on the table last year. In light of National Plan your Vacation Day, Amtrak is encouraging customers to not let those vacation days go unused by offering a number of discounts to see America on an adventure to destinations across the country.
“After further review, Amtrak has determined to suspend the policy in question. It was never meant to be applied to this situation and we apologize for that mistake. We are glad it has all worked out and we were able to accommodate our customers’ trip. We will do better next time. We are America’s Railroad and we want to provide more trips, not fewer.”