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Posted at 9:50 AM ET, 12/27/2010

New York Amtrak delays affecting Washington

By Washington Post Editors

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[This post has been updated]

Amtrak cancels some Tuesday service

6:30 p.m. Update: @Amtrak says the service has resumed between Newark and New York Penn Station. Delays are running 60 to 90 minutes.

6:25 p.m. Update: Amtrak says service between Newark and New York Penn Station has been suspended due to the signal problems.

6:20 p.m. Update: The Maryland Transit Administration says Amtrak 137, which some Penn Line passengers ride (departing Batimore Penn Station at 8:51 p.m.) will likely be canceled due to the service disruptions in the Northeast. The next train will be MARC 445 (departing 9:05 p.m.)

4:35 p.m. Update: A signal problem near New York's Penn Station is delaying Amtrak and commuter rail trains, acccording to a spokesman for New Jersey Transit. The problem occurred about 4 p.m. and Amtrak is working to fix the problem, he said.

12:35 p.m. Update: Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm said holiday service between New York and Boston has been restored, but delays are having widespread effects. Some service between Washington and New York is being canceled because equipment is stuck in New York and is unable to be transferred to Washington. Several trains are also making additional stops along the route to accommodate the travel needs of passengers, he said.

Amtrak is experiencing heavy passenger volume as some air travelers turn to passenger rail, Kulm said. Airports in the New York area remain shut down this afternoon, and there are cancellations to destinations across the country.

9:50 a.m. Update: There is limited Northeast Regional service south of Washington between Richmond and Newport News. Service between New York and Washington continues to run mostly on schedule with some cancellations and residual delays.

7:24 a.m. Update: Amtrak says limited service has resumed between Boston and New York. Service between Washington and New York remains operational. Travelers should expect delays, especially in the Northeast

Are you traveling today? Let us know what conditions are like by posting a comment below.

7:01 p.m. Update: Amtrak planned to work through the night to resume some service between Boston and New York and to points south of Washington on Monday.

6:37 p.m. Update: Amtrak hasn't announced a decision about Monday service but officials said an announcement should be forthcoming Sunday night.

4:13 p.m. Update: Amtrak service between Boston and New York will shut down after a 5:10 p.m. train departs Boston. Five trains to Boston and three to New York are affected. Amtrak has also canceled service between Boston and Portland, Maine. Service between New York and Washington remains operational.

2:20 p.m. Update: Amtrak is canceling service between New York and Boston, according to information posted via its Twitter account. Expect calls to its reservation lines to take some time.

12:20 p.m. Update: Amtrak officials in stations are announcing that some trains are experiencing delays of as much as an hour. Many trains are sold out.

Original post: The winter storm headed for the East Coast has prompted Amtrak to cancel some trains on its Northeast Regional Service south of Washington into Monday. Additional service adjustments may become necessary as conditions deteriorate so check with Amtrak for the latest on your train by visiting the passenger rail service's Web site or calling 800.USA.RAIL (800.872.7245).

Saturday night Amtrak customer service representatives were advising travelers to get to stations like New York's Penn Station as much as 90 minutes early, especially if they need to see a ticket agent.

On Sunday passengers aboard Amtrak 2205, an Acela departing New York Penn Station at 9 a.m., were informed by the conductor that the train had been oversold, and that airline cancellations meant more people were depending on passenger rail to ferry them to their destinations.

The latest cancellations
-- Train No. 67 (25) is canceled between Richmond and Newport News with no alternate transportation.
-- Train No. 66 (26) is canceled between Newport News and Richmond with no alternate transportation.
-- Train No. 99 (26) is canceled between Richmond and Newport News with no alternate transportation.
-- Train No. 157 (26) will terminate at Washington. Passengers will be accommodated on train No. 99.
-- Train No. 94 (27) is canceled between Newport News and Richmond with no alternate transportation.
-- Train No. 86 (27) is canceled between Richmond and Washington. Passengers will be accommodated on Train No. 174.

Are you traveling today? Let us know what conditions are like by posting a comment below.

By Washington Post Editors  | December 27, 2010; 9:50 AM ET
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Comments

it hasnt even started snowing yet...

Posted by: destewar | December 25, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

LOL-This is Washington, in case you didn't know. We don't do snow. Any snow.

Posted by: arlingtonian6 | December 25, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Please have a look at the date of the airlines, etc update information: 22 or at best the 23 december!
An example: Delta is date 22 December 2010.
A joke and showing how little the public is really considered.

Posted by: roby3926 | December 26, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

The 4pm Acela from Penn station to Union station got in an hour and a half late Sunday night. There were signal problems south of Philadelphia that slowed the train to a crawl pretty much from Philly to Wilmington. We also stopped north of Baltimore for about 20 minutes as Amtrak crews were checking beneath all the cars. Last time that happened I was on a regional and the emergency brakes had been activated (something that's supposed to happen if you run over something, for example---but you get a lot of false positives).

Penn station was not that crowded by mid-afternoon and there were seats available on the 4pm Acela.

Posted by: rgg56 | December 26, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

We're supposed to be on an 11:45-ish train from Providence to DC. We're going to start digging out in about 5 minutes and hope we can get to the station and from there, hope we can make our train. The tickets have been printed since we left Union Station on Friday but in the face of hundreds of stuck people I wonder how much good they will actually do.

As we're getting on at Providence and not Boston I wouldn't be surprised if we're stuck with standing-room-only for the first leg to New York. Not looking forward to that.

Posted by: EtoilePB | December 27, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Didn't think I'd be able to make it to the station today, so rescheduled for tomorrow. Was on hold with Amtrak for almost an hour yesterday morning before I got through.

Posted by: ajfroggie | December 27, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

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