Amtrak canceled all long-distance trains nationwide starting Thursday as it prepares for a possible rail freight strike that would impact its service.
While the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington is unaffected, many other major passenger railroad routes will not operate, including the Lake Shore Limited from New York to Chicago and the Silver Star from NYC to Miami.
A member of the House Transportation Committee, Rep. Troy Nehls of Texas, tweeted about the shutdown after widespread media reports. Amtrak later confirmed this by statement.
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Amtrak warned Tuesday that it would have to start canceling some trains ahead of Friday’s possible strike, which stems from a dispute between freight railroads and their workers over wages and schedules.
Although Amtrak employees are not part of a potential strike, the railroad operates much of its service on freight lines, meaning a strike would prevent those routes from operating.
“Most travel in Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (Boston – New York – Washington) and related branch lines to Albany, NY, Harrisburg, PA and Springfield, MA would be unaffected: Acela would operate a full schedule, and only a small number of departures from the Northeast region would be affected Amtrak will contact affected and potentially affected customers, advising them of the potential situation, offering to change their reservation to an alternate travel date, waiving any difference in rate for departures through October 31, or receive a full refund with no cancellation fees,” the rail said in a statement.