Amtrak to trim Cardinal route during Penn Station work

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An hour-late westbound Cardinal, train No. 51, arrives in Cincinnati in the early-morning hours of Oct. 7, 2017.
TRAINS: Brian Schmidt

NEW YORK — Amtrak is shortening the route of the Cardinal and cancelling two Northeast Regional trains to minimize congestion during track work at New York’s Penn Station.

Beginning March 29, train 50, the eastbound Cardinal, will operate from Chicago to Washington, D.C. instead of continuing to Penn Station as is currently the case. Beginning April 1, the westbound Cardinal, train 51, will operate from Washington to Chicago. These changes are until further notice.

Existing trains will provide connecting service to and from New York, but the change ends, at least temporarily, the one-seat service between New York and Virginia and West Virginia communities that generates a significant amount of the train’s traffic. 

The Cardinal ran between Washington and Chicago from 1995 to 2002 to facilitate use of Superliner equipment, which cannot operate on the Northeast Corridor because of clearance issues. The Superliner equipment was replaced by single-level cars in October 2002 and full service to New York returned in 2004.

Cancelled as part of the schedule change are Saturday and Sunday Northeast Regional trains 152 and 153. Those cancellations are effective March 25 until further notice, although both trains will run as part of the July 4 holiday schedule. Train No. 152 departs Washington at 8 a.m. and arrives in New York at 11:46 a.m.,  while No. 153 departs New York at 8:05 a.m. and arrives in Washington

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