Service Along Amtrak’s Empire Corridor to be Affected by Metro-North Track Work Beginning April 5

NEW YORK — Customers who travel along Amtrak’s Empire Corridor will soon enjoy a smoother ride as Metro-North Railroad embarks on a major track work project, beginning April 5, 2009 and continuing through the summer.

The work will take place on the Metro North’s Hudson Line between Beacon and Poughkeepsie, NY and will cause service adjustments to the schedules of trains that travel through the area, but in the end will result in a more reliable service.

As a result of the track work, schedules for Amtrak’s Empire, Ethan Allen Express and Maple Leaf services will be adjusted at some stations on the routes beginning April 5 and continuing until July 11.

Schedules for the Adirondack service will be adjusted April 5 through May 3. Some northbound trains will depart New York City approximately five to 10 minutes earlier and some southbound trains will depart Albany-Rensselaer five to 10 minutes earlier.

One departure, train 244, will depart Albany-Rensselaer later at 4:45 pm Also, train 48, Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited will depart Albany-Rensselaer earlier at 3:30 pm and will not make a stop at Hudson, Rhinecliff or Poughkeepsie. Additional schedule adjustments planned for the rest of the summer will be announced later.