<![CDATA[Amtrak Service Alerts & Passenger Service Notices - Northeast ]]> Weblog Editor 2.0 <![CDATA[Vermonter Service: Schedules Change and New Stops Added at Northampton, MA and Greenfield, MA]]> Effective December 29, 2014

Effective December 29, 2014, the Vermonter will operate on a more direct route between Springfield, MA, and Brattleboro, VT, following recent track improvements.

New Stops in Northampton and Greenfield

Beginning December 29, 2014, the Vermonter will add service at Northampton and Greenfield. A third stop, at Holyoke, MA, will be added in the spring of 2015, after station and platform work is completed.

New Vermonter Schedules

Effective December 29, 2014, the Vermonter schedules will change. For schedule and reservation information visit Amtrak.com, use our free mobile apps or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

Amherst, MA: Last Day of Service is December 28, 2014

As a result of the route changes and additional stops, Amtrak service will be discontinued at Amherst, and the last day of service will be December 28, 2014. Passengers may instead make reservations to travel to and from the Northampton station, located approximately six miles southwest of Amherst.

Thank you for traveling with Amtrak. We appreciate your patronage. Join us on facebook.com/Amtrak or follow us on twitter.com/Amtrak.

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<![CDATA[Capitol Limited Trains 29 and 30: Temporary Equipment Change]]> Effective January 12 through February 28, 2015

Beginning January 12, 2015 through February 28, 2015, the Dining car and Sightseer Lounge car will be removed from the Capitol Limited for maintenance and replaced with a Diner/Lounge car. Meals normally provided in the Dining car will be provided on one side of the Diner/Lounge car and the opposite side will serve as the Lounge car.

We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience. Reservation and train status information is available on Amtrak.com, our free mobile apps and at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

Thank you for traveling with Amtrak.

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<![CDATA[Crescent Trains 19 and 20: Service Temporarily Canceled between Atlanta and New Orleans]]> Effective Monday through Thursday, January 5 - February 12, 2015

On the dates listed below, Crescent Trains 19 and 20, which normally operate between New York and New Orleans, will not operate between Atlanta and New Orleans, due to track work being performed by Norfolk Southern Railway. Alternate transportation will not be provided between Atlanta and New Orleans.

Monday through Thursday

  • January 5 through January 8
  • January 12 through January 15
  • January 19 through January 22
  • January 26 through January 29
  • February 2 through February 5
  • February 9 through February 12
Southbound Train 19: New York to Atlanta Only

On the dates shown above, Train 19 will terminate in Atlanta. Service will not be provided between Atlanta, Anniston, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Meridian, Laurel, Hattiesburg, Picayune, Slidell and New Orleans.

Northbound Train 20: Atlanta to New York Only

On the dates shown above, Train 2 will originate in Atlanta. Service will not be provided at New Orleans, Slidell, Picayune, Hattiesburg, Laurel, Meridian, Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Anniston and Atlanta.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday Service Operates Normally

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during this period, Trains 19 and 20 will serve all stations along the route, but may encounter delays due to speed restrictions and freight train interference.

Thank you for traveling with Amtrak. We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience you may experience. Reservation and train status information is available on Amtrak.com, our free mobile apps or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245.

Join us on facebook.com/Amtrak, and follow us on twitter.com/Amtrak.

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<![CDATA[Lake Shore Limited Trains 49/448 and 49/449: Significant Delays Possible]]> Effective through January 12, 2015

Passengers traveling aboard the Lake Shore Limited may experience significant delays due to heavy freight congestion along the routes. Over recent weeks, both east and westbound trains have typically encountered delays of more than three hours.

Amtrak will continue to work with NS Railway, CSX and other carriers to restore dependable service along this routes.

Passengers are strongly urged to check the status of their train on Amtrak.com, our free mobile apps or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) for the most up-to-date departure and arrival times.

Current on-time performance data is available on Amtrak.com, including responsibility for each element of delay. This information is also presented to passengers when booking travel on the website and is available elsewhere from Amtrak, including these passenger notices.

We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for traveling with Amtrak.

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<![CDATA[Transfers in Boston to Downeaster and Other Amtrak Trains]]> Amtrak Downeaster trains arrive and depart at Boston North Station, located at 126 Legends Way (at Causeway Street). All other Boston-area Amtrak trains arrive at and depart from Boston South Station (at the corner of Summer Street and Atlantic Avenue) and Boston Back Bay Station (at 145 Dartmouth Street).

Passengers connecting between Downeaster trains and train service from Boston South Station or Boston Back Bay Station must make their own travel arrangements between the stations. Connections are not guaranteed1

Transferring by Taxi

Passengers using Boston South Station will be best served by taxi service when transferring between stations. Boston South Station offers a greater variety of services and amenities than Boston Back Bay Station, including ticketing, baggage and accessibility assistance, as well as checked baggage service for select Amtrak trains.

Transferring by Subway

Passengers using Back Bay Station will find Boston's subway service very convenient when transferring between stations. The MBTA Orange Line serves Back Bay Station and North Station directly. The ride normally takes less than 15 minutes, however, passengers should allow 45 minutes travel time when connecting between Orange Line Stations on the MBTA. Boston’s Orange Line is completely accessible at all stations. Passengers with mobility-impairments may find this alternative suitable to their needs.

This information may change without notice. Please contact 1-800-USA-RAIL for more information.

1In the event of a missed connection, passengers will be reaccommodated on the next available train. If there are no more departures available on the same day on which to be reaccomodated, passengers will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own overnight lodging.

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