Written by Sean Jeans Gail
Following widespread devastation in the wake of Hurricane
Sandy, transportation networks throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic are
slowly beginning to resume service, though some systems promise to remain
inoperative for days to come.
Amtrak Restores Partial Service
Amtrak, which was forced to cancel some trains as early as early Sunday,
October 28, shutdown the entirety of its operations along the Northeast
Corridor on Monday and Tuesday, with most East Coast service suspended.
Amtrak announced last night it will implement a gradual resumption of service,
starting with the return a modified Northeast Regional service between Newark, NJ, and points
south, today (including Virginia service to Lynchburg, Richmond and Newport News).
Amtrak will also operate Keystone Service trains between Harrisburg,
PA, and Philadelphia,
and modified Downeaster service trains between Boston
and Portland, Maine. Various overnight services to
and from the Northeast will also began to be reintroduced. Auto Train is
running normally today. Amtrak released the following list of trains and
their segments which will operate today:
- Crescent (Trains 19 & 20) operates only between
Washington D.C. and New Orleans
- Cardinal (Train 51) operates only between Indianapolis and
- Maple Leaf (Trains 63 & 64) operates only between
Toronto and Albany-Rensselaer
- Carolinian (Trains 79 & 80) operates only between
Philadelphia and Charlotte
- Silver Star (Trains 91 & 92) operates only between
Miami and Jacksonville
- Silver Meteor (Trains 97 & 98) operates only between
Washington D.C. and Miami
- Auto Train operates normally from Florida (Train 52) but
will not operate from Virginia (Train 53)
- Lake Shore Limited (Trains 448 & 449) operates normally
Chicago-Boston with no service to New York, Croton-Harmon and Poughkeepsie
(Trains 48 & 49).
Amtrak Restoration Work Continues
Due to “unprecedented” flooding in the tunnels under the Hudson and East
rivers, operations through New York
City are still offline. Amtrak crews are busy
removing water and making repairs to track, signal and power systems within
these tunnels. A date for restoration of Amtrak service directly to/from
New York Penn Station—for either the northern or southern access points—has yet
to be determined.
Until this work is complete, there will be no Northeast Regional service
between Newark and Boston, and no Acela Express service the
length of the Northeast Corridor. Also, at Newark Penn Station, there
will be no connecting service to New
The following trains also are canceled Wednesday, October 31:
- Shuttle trains, Springfield, Mass.-New Haven, Conn.
- Capitol Limited (Trains 29 & 30), Chicago-Washington, D.C.
- Pennsylvanian (Trains 42 & 43), Pittsburgh-New York
- Auto Train (Train 53), Lorton, Va.-Sanford, Fla.
- Vermonter (Trains 55 & 56), St. Albans, Vt.-Washington,
- Palmetto (Trains 89 & 90), New York-Savannah
- Empire Service between New York City and Buffalo/Niagara
- Adirondack to and from Montreal, Québec, Canada
- Ethan Allen Express to and from Rutland, Vt., due to track
damage south of Albany-Rensselaer, N.Y.
Passengers can monitor status updates at Amtrak.com/alerts.
Amtrak also has a Twitter account that provides real-time updates for Acela
Express, Northeast Regional, and Keystone Service trains (@AmtrakNEC).
Amtrak is expected to provide an update by this evening so, as always,
check their web site for new information. Passengers who have already
booked tickets can find out more
about refunds here.
National transit systems face uneven restoration
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this
afternoon that limited
service would be restored to Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island
Rail Road at 2 PM, with limited subway service resuming Thursday (service
below 34th Street
will still be suspended).
New Jersey Transit has yet
to resume operations and, given the extent of the damage to the state’s
infrastructure, is unable to provide an estimate when even limited service will
Connecticut’s Shore Line East commuter
railroad is suspended
indefinitely as crews assess damage.
As of Tuesday morning, most MBTA and Boston transit
Southeast Pennsylvania’s SEPTA regional rail service resumed
service at 5 AM this morning.
Maryland Transit Administration has resumed
regular operations of light rail, MARC Train, and commuter bus service.
Washington, D.C.’s WMATA resumed Metrorail
service Tuesday evening, with full Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAccess service
restored on a regular
weekday schedule as of this morning.