Amtrak feels the heat
The heat is getting to Amtrak here in the Northeast, and beyond.
Expect delays between Boston and Washington because of the sweltering weather. Here’s the railroad’s release on the matter:
AMTRAK’S NORTHEAST CORRIDOR AFFECTED
Delays expected between Boston, New York and Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2010
With sustained high temperatures expected to once again reach or exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit in many parts of the Northeast today, Amtrak passengers should expect delays on Northeast Corridor service between Boston and Washington, D.C, as a result of a reduction in normal operating speeds.
These delays will affect Amtrak’s Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Keystone, Carolinian, Crescent, Palmetto, Pennsylvanian, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, and Vermonter services. In addition, various commuter operators which operate on track owned by Amtrak may also be impacted by reduced speeds.
Amtrak also has a hot weather plan in place to take care of passenger needs in the event of a equipment breakdown or loss air conditioning. The plan has several elements, including: constant monitoring of on-board conditions, additional water and other beverages stored onboard trains, frequent announcements made by train crews to provide passengers with accurate information, and rescue locomotives strategically positioned along the Northeast Corridor to come to the aid of any disabled train.
Amtrak regrets any inconvenience. This information is correct as of the above time and date. Information is subject to change as conditions warrant. Passengers are encouraged to call 800-USA-RAIL or visit Amtrak.com for schedule information and train status updates.