Amtrak in the snow

Amtrak Service Update for Tuesday, March 14

Amtrak will operate a modified schedule in the Northeast region on Tuesday, March 14, due to a winter storm. Passengers holding reservations are strongly encouraged to monitor conditions and make any necessary changes in advance of their scheduled departure using amtrak.com or our mobiles apps to check their train status.

Due to changing winter storm conditions, the Northeast Regional service between New York City and Boston and Empire Service between New York City and Albany, N.Y., are suspended until further notice. Trains that depart each city before 9:00 a.m. will complete their trips. Acela Express service between New York City and Boston has already been canceled.

In addition, the Acela Express and Northeast Regional service that operate between New York City and Washington, D.C., will run on a modified schedule, with some trains truncated or cancelled, including some trains that operate in Virginia.

The Keystone Service, Shuttle, and Downeaster Service will also run on a modified schedule, with some trains truncated or cancelled.

Some long distance trains that normally travel to and from the Northeast Corridor will also be affected, with service suspended between Albany/Rensselaer and Boston, and between Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.

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Deputy Chief Eddie reyes

A veteran law enforcement official has been named to a senior Amtrak Police Department position. Deputy Chief Eddie L. Reyes will be stationed in Washington, D.C. to command Amtrak railroad police officers in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of Amtrak.

“Deputy Chief Reyes has an extensive history in law enforcement and it is a great benefit to bring individuals to our department that can continue to enhance what has already been established here,” said Chief Hanson.

Reyes enjoyed a long career with the Alexandria Police Department in Alexandria, Virginia, and was promoted through the ranks to the position of Deputy Chief. Prior to his career with the Alexandria Police Department, Reyes was employed as a federal law enforcement officer at the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Va.

The Amtrak Police Department (APD) is a national police force committed to protecting the passengers, employees, and patrons of Amtrak by working closely with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies across the country. The department continues to develop and implement behind-the-scenes and frontline security measures to ensure passenger rail safety and security. APD has more than 500 sworn and civilian personnel at more than 30 locations to cover the 46 states in which Amtrak operates its national intercity passenger rail network.

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TTW_200x200The City of Alexandria’s Local Motion program invites all residents to take part in Try Transit Week, September 15 – 19. Participants who pledge to try bus or rail during that week are entered for a chance to win a pair of round-trip Amtrak tickets, a free year of transit with the service operator of your choice or a 1-month DASH pass.

What is Try Transit Week?

Try Transit Week is  a statewide event, and the goal is to spread the word about the various transportation choices available in Virginia and the benefits transit can offer – like saving money!!

Why try transit?

Two words: money and time.

Couldn’t you use more of both? When you use transit, you save money on fuel and car expenses. In fact, the average family can save up to $10,000 a year by using transit.

Did you know that the average person wastes more than a week’s vacation sitting in traffic each year? When you use transit you save time because each car off the road means less congestion and fewer traffic delays.

So how does Try Transit Week work?

If you already use a form of transit or are interested in trying something new, you can pledge to use transit during the week of September 15-19, 2014.

When you pledge, you will be automatically entered for a chance to win two round-trip tickets on Amtrak Virginia!

To pledge please click this link.

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Amtrak is calling all kids, young and old, to join in the festivities at Union station in Washington, D.C. There will be countless ways to rediscover the kid in you.

From 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., train lovers will enjoy free live entertainment, interactive and educational exhibits, kids’ activities and elaborate model train displays, plus tours of Amtrak equipment, freight and commuter trains, and notable private railroad cars. Each event will also feature exclusive exhibits highlighting contributions made to the railway throughout history, such as the B&O Railroad and Civil War exhibit in Washington, D.C.

Hope to see you at the trains!

National Train Day 2014

If you are traveling from Alexandria, Virginia via train in the next 48 hours, you better check with AMTRAK.

Via AMTRAK

Due to the winter storm forecast to impact the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak will operate a modified snow schedule on Monday, Mar. 3, 2014. Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains will operate, however passengers should expect reduced frequencies.

There will also be fewer Keystone Service (Harrisburg, Penn. – Philadelphia – New York City) frequencies.

Empire Service (New York – Albany – Buffalo/Niagara Falls, N.Y.) Amtrak Downeaster (Brunswick, Maine – Boston) and the Springfield Shuttle (New Haven, Conn. – Springfield, Mass.), trains are expected to operate normal schedules. Other services north of New York City, and those south and east of Washington, D.C., will also operate.

Passengers holding reservations that require modification are being accommodated on other trains and proactively notified by Amtrak Customer Service.

Amtrak regrets any inconvenience. This information is correct as of the above time and date. Information is subject to change as conditions warrant.

Read more at this link.

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