<![CDATA[Amtrak Service Alerts & Passenger Service Notices - Northeast ]]> Weblog Editor 2.0 <![CDATA[Amtrak Downeaster Trains 681, 683, 684 and 686 Track Work]]> Effective Thursday, April 16 and May 4 through June 15, 2015

Staging and deployment of materials by Pan Am Railways in preparation for a larger track work project in May and June 2015, will affect Amtrak service along the Downeaster route as described below:

Trains 681, 683, 684 and 686 Canceled
  • Trains 681, 683, 684 and 686 will be canceled on Thursday, April 16, 2015.
Trains 681, 683, 684 and 686 Canceled
  • Trains 681, 683, 684 and 686 will be canceled Monday – Friday Starting on May 4 through June 15, 2015 (except Memorial Day - Monday, May 25, 2015, trains will operate normally).
Service between Brunswick, Portland and Boston North Station

Passengers can make reservations for Trains 680, 682 and 688, between Brunswick, Portland and Boston North Station. Trains may be delayed up to sixty minutes due to the scheduled track work.

Service between Boston North Station, Portland and Brunswick

Passengers can make reservations for Trains 685, 687, and 689, between Boston North Station, Portland and Brunswick. Trains may be delayed up to sixty minutes due to the scheduled track work.

We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience. The most up-to-date arrival and departure times are available on Amtrak.com, our free mobile apps and at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

Thank you for traveling with Amtrak.

PSN 0415-96 (Updated: 04/14/15)

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<![CDATA[Lake Shore Limited Trains 48/448 and 49/449: Track Work Affects Service]]> Effective April 12 through May 22, 2015

Two separate track work projects will affect Lake Shore Limited service between Albany, NY, and Boston, MA, starting April 12 through May 22, 2015. Please refer to the following for details:

Sundays through Wednesdays Starting April 12 - 29, 2015

Trains 448 and 449 will be replaced by bus service in both directions between Albany, Boston and intermediate stations on Sundays through Wednesdays (only) starting April 12 - 29, 2015. Passengers will be provided bus service to and from Albany, Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester, Framingham and Boston South Station.

  • Albany – Boston Service: Passengers aboard eastbound Lake Shore Limited Train 48 destined for Boston (South Station) and intermediate stations (except Back Bay Station) will detrain at Albany and board a bus to their destinations.
  • Boston – Albany Service: Bus service will be provided at all stations from Boston to Albany (except Back Bay Station. At Albany, passengers will board westbound Train 49 to their destination.
  • Passengers at Boston South Station should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.
  • Passengers at Framingham, will board all buses at the drop off/pick up area on Track 2 platform (adjacent to Waverly Street).
  • Boston Back Bay Service Suspended: Amtrak service will not be provided at Boston Back Bay Station during this time. Passengers may go to nearby Boston South Station, or contact MBTA for travel between Back Bay and South Stations.
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: April 16 - 25, 2015 and Daily Starting April 30 through May 22, 2015

Trains 448 and 449 will be replaced by connecting trains in both directions between Boston, Albany and intermediate stations on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from April 16 - 25, 2015, and daily from April 30 through May 22, 2015, as described below:

  • Albany – Boston Service: Passengers aboard eastbound Lake Shore Limited Train 48 destined for Boston (South Station) and intermediate stations will detrain at Albany and board a connecting train to their destinations.
  • Boston – Albany Service: A connecting train will serve all stations from Boston to Albany. At Albany, passengers will detrain and board Train 49 to their destinations.
  • Checked baggage service will be available at stations which normally provide this service.

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 choosing Amtrak.

PSN 0415-90

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<![CDATA[Adirondack, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Lake Shore Limited and Maple Leaf Trains: Possible Delays between Hudson and Albany-Rensselaer]]> Effective through December 2015

Significant track and infrastructure improvements will affect trains operating along the Empire Corridor between Schenectady and Poughkeepsie, NY. Trains will continue to operate during construction, but passengers may experience delays of up to 20 minutes when traveling though the work area at the Albany-Rensselaer station. Once this work is completed, train capacity will be increased at our platforms resulting in improved quality and reliability of our service.

For the most up-to-date departure and arrival times, passengers can to sign-up for delay notifications when booking their travel and check the status of their train on Amtrak.com, our free mobile apps or at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience. Amtrak’s Empire Service is committed to providing comfortable, safe and efficient rail passenger service. Thank you for traveling with Amtrak.

Project Information

This work is part of a $163 million joint infrastructure improvement project being conducted in partnership between New York State Department of Transportation and Amtrak designed to improve the quality and reliability of Amtrak's Empire Corridor. The project includes the installation of a fourth track at the Albany-Rensselaer station — the ninth busiest terminal in the Amtrak system. The additional track will alleviate congestion which, in the current configuration, often forces trains to wait just outside the station for a track to open during busy times.

A second main line track between Albany-Rensselaer and Schenectady will also be constructed that will eliminate train delays caused by bottlenecks over the 17-mile single track main line. In addition, a new signal system will be installed that will greatly reduce the likelihood of outages due to weather and keep trains moving safely and at faster speeds, even in inclement weather.

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PSN 0415-89

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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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