Northeast Corridor Rail Service Outage Continues at Start of Workweek, Shuttle Flights to be Busier Than Usual

By Paul Riegler on 19 May 2013
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Amtrak Acela train at 30th Street Station, Phila.

Amtrak Acela train at 30th Street Station, Phila.

The derailment of two Metro-North Railroad commuter trains on Friday will continue to have a dramatic effect on rail service for Amtrak and the Metro-North commuter line in the nation’s busiest rail corridor well into the coming week.

Amtrak service is suspended between New York City and New Haven, Connecticut with limited service between New Haven and Boston.  The railroad said it is operating all trains as scheduled between New York, Philadelphia, and Washington.

Northeast Corridor trains service over 750,000 riders daily.  Metro-North Railroad carries over 125,000 passengers each day from New York City’s Pennsylvania Station to New Haven and points north.

Amtrak officials said that they had no estimate as to when service would be restored between New York and Boston, however.  On Sunday, Metro-North officials reported that the cleanup of the derailed trains has progressed and that the trains had been removed from the area of the accident.  The catenary wires that were damaged in the accident have been removed as well and work has begun to replace them.

Starting Monday, Metro-North will offer passengers train-bus-train service for those wishing to travel between Grand Central Terminal and New Haven.  Amtrak, which operates out of Pennsylvania Station, will allow passengers to use the Metro North service but passengers will have to find their own way from Penn Station to Grand Central Terminal.

Most Amtrak passengers who are travelling from New York or Washington to Boston who cannot postpone their trips are likely to switch to airline flights to avoid anticipated delays.

The accident occurred in Bridgeport, Connecticut in an area that was already under construction, which shut down two of the active train tracks.

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