Amtrak - News, updates, upgrades, etc

Update on trains in western Massachusetts (effective May 28, 2024):

Amtrak is adding a new weekday Valley Flyer round trip between New Haven and Greenfield, which is great news.

Train 486 will operate northbound in the late afternoon and stop in Holyoke at 4.48 pm, Northampton at 5.04 pm, and arrive in Greenfield at 5.30 pm.

The new train will take some of the load of the Vermonter which often carries a great many riders who step off the train in Greenfield or Northampton. On busy travel days this should free up seats for people using the Vermonter to travel to Vermont.

This train set will then become southbound train 479 which will depart Greenfield at 6.05 pm, and stop in Northampton at 6.30 pm, Holyoke at 6.45 pm, Springfield at 7.13 pm and then make all stops to New Haven where it will connect with Amtrak Northeast Regional train 179 to New York Penn Station.

With this new southbound Valley Flyer train it will be possible to travel in the evening from Greenfield, Northampton, and Holyoke to New York City for the first time since the 1960s.

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update on closure of Amtrak Adirondack north of Saratoga Springs, NY:

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I thought they were offering bus service here(?)

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That is correct, sir.

https://www.timesunion.com/business/article/amtrak-service-montreal-suspended-riders-take-19468238.php

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https://www.wtol.com/article/news/local/bryan-ohio-amtrak-station-improvements/512-f228116c-af57-4121-a65b-cfef95636e7b

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Plans to extend Amtrak service deeper into Maine (past Brunswick) will not come to fruition any time soon.

Amtrak service to Montreal is shut down during the entire summer. The blame game is in full swing.

Still no word on whether Amtrak will ever begin service to Mobile, Alabama. But the local first responders will pretend like it actually will, just in case it ever does, for incident simulation purposes. Amtrak hasn’t served Mobile since 2005, so the vast majority of local cops, firefighters and EMTs have never experienced a passenger train.

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The heatwave is messing things up on the NEC.

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It’s not just the heat. I had a half hour delay Friday night coming back to NYC from Philly on Amtrak. They said it was the wires.

Seems this happens at least twice a week nowadays.

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