Amtrak’s 60-day contract extension with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will give all sides more space to reach an agreement on a long-term contract. Early reports indicate that Amtrak will continue to manage operations of the Indianapolis – Chicago train, with INDOT contracting out portions of the service to other companies.
Amtrak was able to maintain service along most of the Northeast Corridor through a blizzard which threatened to slam the entire East Coast. Ultimately, the worst of the blizzard missed most of the Mid Atlantic, saving the majority of the snowfall for New England.
Trains continued to run along the NEC on Monday evening and into Tuesday between Washington, D.C. and New York City. As a safety precaution, Amtrak suspended service on the Empire Corridor and the Albany branch of the NEC early Tuesday, along with most New England service. Service returned to normal by Wednesday morning.
Air travelers were not so lucky, with more than 4,700 flights canceled at La Guardia, JFK International, and Newark Airport alone.