Amtrak Northeast Corridor Service Resumes After Ida, But Disruptions Remain in the Region

By Kurt Stolz on 3 September 2021
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The new entrance to Penn Station in N.Y.C.

The storm that pummeled the New York City area on Wednesday brought virtually all forms of transit to a halt after flooding airports, subway stations and submerging buses – with their passengers inside.

Amtrak announced that service along the Northeast Corridor including the high-speed Acela train, operating between Washington, D.C. and Boston, would resume Friday, but the nation’s rail operator said that all trains between Albany and New York City would remain cancelled.

The cancellations include the Empire Service and Ethan Allen Express trains, which use Metro North tracks for part of their journey.

Service on most of the Metro North Railroad lines remains disrupted, while the Long Island Rail Road said it had resumed full service on all lines as of Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, service on most of New York City’s subway lines remains compromised as a result of the storm.

The city’s two airports, John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia, remained largely unscathed by the storm: Dozens of flights were cancelled there but there was little damage.  Meanwhile, at nearby Newark Liberty International Airport, 37% of its outbound flights – some 207 – were cancelled Thursday while only a handful have been cancelled thus far on Friday. The lower level of Terminal B there remains closed following overnight flooding.

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