Amtrak to Operate Some Intercity Trains out of Grand Central Terminal This Summer

By Paul Riegler on 5 July 2017
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Amtrak announced Wednesday that it plans to operate some of its trains to and from New York City via Grand Central Terminal instead of Penn Station.

The move, which will affect six of Amtrak’s Empire Service trains, is in concert with the repair work that will be taking place at Penn Station this summer that is causing numerous schedule changes for the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit.

“The work,” Amtrak said in a message to customers, “will require three northbound and three southbound Empire Service trains to/from Albany to use Grand Central Terminal instead of New York Penn Station.”

The trains will use Grand Central as their terminus between July 10 and September 1, 2017.

While the change won’t necessarily restore Grand Central’s place as the “Gateway to a Continent,” it will transform travel for passengers of those trains, thanks to the building’s grandeur. Amtrak last operated out of Grand Central in 1991. Today, only the Metro North commuter railroad operates there although the Long Island Railroad is slated to begin operations there starting in 2022 as part of the $10.2 billion East Side Access project.

The restoration of Grand Central Terminal, which had deteriorated greatly by the time Amtrak moved its long-distance service to Penn Station, began in 1995 and was completed in 1998.

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