UPDATE: Storm disruptions halt Amtrak, hamper commuter lines

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NEW YORK CITY — Amtrak has halted Northeast Corridor service until at least 10 a.m. (EST) today as a result of an intense winter storm that began disrupting service on Wednesday, and cancellations will continue throughout the day.

Thursday cancellations planed as of Wednesday evening include 10 Northeast Regional trains, 18 Acela Express trains, 10 New York-Philadelphia-Harrisburg, Pa., Keystone Service trains, and eight New York-Albany Empire Service trains.

Amtrak service has been temporarily suspended between New York City and Boston, Mass., until at least ‪11 a.m.,‬ due to inclement weather with service restoration pending improved conditions. Keystone Service from New York City to Harrisburg and Empire Service from New York to Albany-Rensselaer will our operate on a modified schedule today. The Amtrak Shuttle Service between New Haven, Conn., and Springfield, Mass., will continue to operate as scheduled.

“We are evaluating conditions and making damage repairs along the Northeast Corridor,” Amtrak said in a statement at 10 p.m. Wednesday. “High winds and downed trees have caused multiple issues and our crews are diligently working to restore service.”

Check the Amtrak website for further information.

“The task is herculean. We have had hundreds of trees fall on our lines in the north, northwest, and west quadrants of operation, which encompasses the lines in northern New Jersey,” says Nancy J. Snyder, an NJ Transit representative. Northeast Corridor and North Jersey coast trains are running close to schedule with some delays.

Other NJ Transit lines have not fared as well, with fallen trees a huge impediment to re-establishing service. The Morris & Essex-Gladstone/ Montclair-Boonton Line has suffered extensive catenary, power, and signal issues and service has been completely suspended. Raritan Valley trains have been cut back from High Bridge to Raritan for service to Newark’s Penn Station. The Main-Bergen County Line service was suspended, but has resumed with a limited schedule. The Pascack Valley Line started out operating normally, but line problems have dictated limited service, with the the last train from Spring Valley to Hoboken leaving at 12:13 p.m. and the last westbound train will leave Hoboken, N.J., at 6:48 p.m. The Atlantic City Line has power and signal problems, and will not be running.

Metro-North service from Suffern to Port Jervis, N.Y., has been suspended, along with the Danbury and New Canaan Branches. Service on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven Lines are running on a reduced schedule for today.

Check each agency’s website for updated information.

UPDATE: Additional information from commuter railroads. March 8, 2018. 3:46 p.m. Central time.
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