Digest: Alaska Railroad makes cuts to summer-season passenger schedules

News Wire Digest second section for July 24: VRE shut down after storm; VIA's Northern Quebec service faces schedule disruptions
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More Friday morning rail news:

Alaska Railroad trims passenger schedules in light of reduced ridership

The Alaska Railroad will shorten the season for one passenger train and decrease frequencies for another in light of reduced ridership. The railroad announced Thursday that the Coastal Classic, which operates between Anchorage and Seward, will end daily operations Sept. 7, one week earlier than planned. The Denali Star, which operates between Anchorage, Denali, and Fairbanks, will end daily service Aug. 1. Between Aug. 2 and Sept. 13, the Denali Star will operate northbound on Saturdays and Mondays, and southbound on Sundays and Tuesdays. The Hurricane Turn flagstop train will continue to operate in combined service with the Denali Star. More information is available here.

Storm shuts down VRE service
Virginia Railway Express service has been cancelled today because of track closures and flooding resulting from severe Thursday night storms. The commuter rail service said on its website it expects to be able to resume service on Monday.

VIA remote Quebec service faces long delays
For the second time in a week, VIA Rail Canada’s remote Northern Quebec service will face a significant disruption. Today’s trains 601 and 603 from Montreal to Jonquiere and Senneterre, Que., will have departure delayed until 5:15 p.m., 9 hours after the usual departure, with all subsequent stops also pushed back by 9 hours. This means arrival in Jonquiere will come at 2:10 a.m., and in Senneterre at 4:40 a.m. On Sunday, returning train No. 606 will depart Sennterre at 10 p.m., with all stops 13 hours, 15 minutes later than usual, and No. 602 will depart Jonquiere at 12:30 a.m., with all subsequent stops 13 hours, 20 minutes later than usual. VIA’s announcement says this is “due to operational constraints … concerning the reduced speed of trains running during the day” imposed by Canadian National. The changes come just one week after the same trains were cancelled because of “operational constraints related to weather forecasts.”


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