Amtrak: Service back to normal
4;35 P.M. UPDATE: Amtrak says service between Washington and New York and Philadelphia and Harrisburg is back to normal for the evening rush hour following an early morning service disruption.
Amtrak said in a news release Tuesday afternoon that about 30 Amtrak trains were delayed from 11 minutes to almost two hours because of a low voltage problem earlier in the day. The disruption began shortly before 8 a.m. and power was restored about an hour later.
The cause of the outage is under investigation.
-- Associated Press
12:35 P.M. UPDATE: MARC Train 520 is expected to depart Washington 20 minutes late due to late equipment arrival, officials said.
12:20 P.M. UPDATE: MARC says all trains on the Penn Line are operating on time in both directions.
10:40 A.M. UPDATE: Train 416 on the Penn Line is expected to operate 15 to 20 minutes late because of the earlier delays, the MTA said.
10:30 A.M. UPDATE: Power problems forced Amtrak and regional transit agencies to halt trains throughout the Northeast for more than an hour Tuesday during the middle of the morning rush.
Amtrak said low-voltage troubles forced it to suspend service between New York City and Washington, and between Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pa., starting at 7:45 a.m. The exact cause of the problem wasn't immediately known, Amtrak spokesman Steve Coleman said.
The power problems also forced the Maryland Transit Administration, NJ Transit, and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority to halt their trains.
In Washington's Union Station, Airicka Pearson, 21, was waiting to go to Baltimore with her 1-year-old daughter Airiell Rivers. Her 8:20 a.m. train had been delayed more than an hour.
She said she frequently takes the train and that delays are routine. "It's kind of hit and miss with them," she said.
-- Associated Press
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10:15 A.M. UPDATE: MARC trains are still running about 30 minutes behind schedule, said Dave Clark, a spokesman for the Maryland Transit Administration. Train 414, scheduled to leave Union Station at 9:30 a.m., left at 10 a.m., Clark said. MARC canceled three trains this morning during the outage.
-- Katherine Shaver
9:26 A.M. UPDATE: MTA says the power continues to be restored and both northbound and southbound trains are starting to move. Passengers should expect major delays. The one spot of good news is that Train 521 is currently operating on time, according to the MTA.
9:15 A.M. UPDATE: Train 415 is running about 50 minutes late, last reported at Bowie Station at 9:09 a.m. MTA says power should be restored soon.
9:10 A.M. UPDATE: Northbound MARC Trains 406, 408, 410 and 414 and southbound Trains 513, 417 and 419 are all terminated, according to the MTA.
8:58 A.M. UPDATE: The Maryland Transit Administration says all Penn Line trains except Train 415 are stopped. Amtrak is sending a diesel locomotive to pick up Train 513.
8:55 A.M. UPDATE:
The Post's Steven Luxenburg is stuck on a MARC train. He reports that the conductor just said the plan is to send diesel engines out to rescue passengers.
8:50 A.M. UPDATE:
Some updates for MARC riders, from the Maryland Transit Administration's Dave Clark:
-- Metro is honoring MARC tickets.
-- Buses are taking people from Union Station northbound and making the stops for trains 406 and 408.
-- Buss are taking people from New Carrollton southbound to Union Station. (MARC trains are stopping at New Carrollton and people are taking the buses from there to Union Station.)
-- They're waiting to hear from Amtrak about a timetable, he says.
8:45 A.M. UPDATE:
According to NJ Transit, Amtrak's Northeast Corridor service is being restored with delays of 60 to 90 minutes. We've called Amtrak and are awaiting comment from the company.
All of MARC's Penn Line service is suspended due to a power failure
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