Monday, January 3, 2011

Blizzard Obliterates Northeast Train Service (12/28/10)

Blizzard obliterates Northeast train service - TRAINS Magazine (12/28/10)

WASHINGTON — Amtrak began limited train service across its Boston-Washington Northeast Corridor this morning following a total suspension Sunday night as a massive blizzard swept across the northeast. No Amtrak corridor trains moved after 5 p.m. last night, and the New York region is all but without commuter service while crews work to clear snow that’s totaled more than two feet in some areas.

Around New York, both Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North have suspended all their services today. New Jersey Transit is operating on its enhanced weekend schedule today, though it’s reporting numerous train delays on multiple lines. Details are available at

Media reports indicate the storm has crippled New York City subway service, with passengers being stranded on some trains for hours.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority reported weather-related delays on its Newburyport/Rockport, Kingston/Plymouth, and Providence/Stoughton routes this morning. However, passengers on all routes are being warned that the agency could curtail services, and that delays should be expected.

Services in the Washington area were operating closer to normal, with Virginia Railway Express and MARC operating at near-normal levels.

CSX suspended operations at its Boston intermodal terminal, and has warned customers that operations are slowing in the Northeast, Appalachia, and parts of the Midwest. Delays to freight shipments are likely.

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