Amtrak Adjusts Acela Express and Northeast Regional Schedules to Accommodate Track Work

WASHINGTON — As Amtrak continues a number of track work projects to improve service in the Northeast, Acela Express and Northeast Regional (Washington to New York to Boston) passengers will see additional, temporary schedule changes beginning July 13.

In addition, Amtrak is adding two new Acela Express departures to its regular Sunday schedule between New York and Boston, starting July 19.

The track work projects will improve the reliability of train service in the Northeast and will provide passengers with a more comfortable ride. To perform the necessary work, the number of available tracks will be reduced and trains will be single tracking — sharing tracks — as crews work to replace concrete railroad ties on the track that is not in service.

The track work is located between New York City and New Brunswick, NJ where only three tracks instead of four will be available at any one time. In addition, there will be track work east of New Haven, Conn. with single tracking between Guilford and Old Saybrook as only one of two tracks will be available through this area.

As a result, some southbound Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains will depart Boston earlier than previously scheduled and will depart early from stops between Boston and New Haven. These trains will depart New Haven en route to New York and Washington on their current schedules. Northbound Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains will depart New York on their current schedules but may arrive in Boston later than scheduled. Some Acela Express trains may wait near the work area for traffic to clear.

In addition, the ongoing renovation of the 100-year old Wilmington Station will affect weekend southbound Acela Express and Northeast Regional service. During the 18-month project, trains will arrive at all stations between Aberdeen, MD and Washington, DC, including Baltimore, four minutes later than currently scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays only. Northbound service will not be affected.