Amtrak Cancels Acela Express Through Sunday
Continuing power problems have forced Amtrak to cancel Acela Express service between New York and Boston through at least Sunday.
Metro-North is scrambling to find alternate power sources to restore more service between New York and New Haven for both its own passengers and Amtrak’s after a high-voltage feeder cable failed early Wednesday. Metro North has only able to accommodate 33% of its regular ridership causing packed cars and extra traffic on Interstate 95.
Amtrak has been running diesel engines with extra cars between New York and Boston on regular Northeast Corridor service with delays of up to 90 minutes.
The problems will likely continue into next week. “This is going to be a substantial disruption for a substantial period of time,” Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said at a Wednesday evening news conference in Hartford, adding the line serving New Haven was the busiest in the nation, with 125,000 daily passengers and serving 38 stations and 23 towns. “Folks, plan on long-term lack of service or being underserved.”
Northeast Corridor and Acela service between New York and Washington is running normally.