Amtrak cancels train service between Boston, New York


Amtrak train service between Boston and New York was restored late Saturday night, after a power outage on the tracks forced the rail service to cancel trains on the busy Northeast Corridor for much of the day.

Amtrak said in a 10:30 p.m. update that the outage was caused by lightning, but did not say where the lightning struck. Earlier on Saturday, the rail service said a “breaker failure resulted in a power outage on all tracks” between Penn Station in New York and New Haven Union Station in Connecticut.

“Amtrak is communicating directly with customers affected by these adjustments and offering options to rebook their travel plans,” the company said in a Saturday night update. “Amtrak apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the disruption.”

Social media posts by Amtrak showed the rail service was experiencing electrical issues starting around 9:20 a.m. Friday, causing multiple delays and cancellations.

Amtrak said two trains were running on schedule Saturday night: Train 65 from Boston to Newport News, Virginia, and Train 66 from Roanoke, Virginia, to Boston.

Amtrak said most trains will run on their normal schedules Sunday, but trains 143, 162 and 150 have been canceled “due to the location of equipment during service disruptions.” Trains 54 and 157 will run on modified schedules, Amtrak said.

The rail service said it would waive the additional fee for passengers who want to change their reservations.

“Customers with reservations on affected trains generally will be accommodated on trains with the same departure time or on another day,” Amtrak said in an alert at 9:50 a.m. Saturday.

Messages were sent to Amtrak for further information.

About 4.6 million people were expected to travel by bus, train or cruise ships during the July 4 holiday, a 9 percent increase from 2023 and a return to pre-pandemic levels, according to AAA.


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