The railroad’s release says its Acela Express service between New York and Boston will be out until at least Sunday, and its status will be reviewed on Monday.
What that means, though, is that Acela, an electric train, will be out until Con Edison can restore power to the Metro-North substation in Mount Vernon. Con Edison said it could take up to three weeks to repair a feeder line that failed, but that the utility is working with Metro-North to look for an alternate source of power.
Amtrak’s regional service, which stops in New Rochelle, continues, using diesel-powered trains.
Here’s Amtrak’s announcement:
Due to the ongoing commercial power problem in the New York area affecting Metro-North Railroad territory, Amtrak Acela Express service will not operate through Sunday, September 29, between New York and Boston. Amtrak will continue to provide Northeast Regional service operating under diesel power through the affected area.
Additional cars have been added to Northeast Regional trains to add capacity to accommodate Acela Express passengers traveling between New York and Boston. Passengers should expect delays of up to 90 minutes due to the continued diesel operation.
Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains will operate normally between New York and Washington, D.C.
Amtrak is coordinating with Metro-North Railroad and local authorities, and will resume normal operations as quickly and safely as possible when advised that power is restored.
A determination Acela Express service for Monday, September 30, will be made when additional information is available.
Passengers who have paid but choose not to travel due to this service disruption can receive a refund or a voucher for future travel. Some reservations booked online can be modified or canceled on Amtrak.com or by using the free Amtrak mobile app.
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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/alerts for Service Alerts and Passenger Notices. Schedule information and train status updates are available at the Amtrak.com home page.