Amtrak announced it will provide limited Northeast Regional and Acela Express service between Boston and Washington today.
This marks the first partial restoration of Northeast Corridor service since October 28th, when Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. Last night Amtrak ran eight trains between New York’s Penn Station to Washington, according to Amtrak Chief Executive Officer Joseph Boardman. He also announced that service between New York and Boston will be resumed today.
Currently Amtrak is negotiating with Via Rail Canada to provide extra equipment in order to boost service in New Jersey where service has been suspended indefinitely because due to hurricane damage. Workers managed to clear of water a rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River, resuming service south from New York, and a second tunnel is expected to be pumped out this weekend.
“We need to bring the East Coast back,” Boardman said. “We know that transportation is an integral part of that.”
As New Jersey Transit’s rail operation systems have been flooded, damaging the computers, emergency generator and backup power supply, the company’s trains will remain ‘suspended until further notice.’ Other challenges operators have to face are the destroyed tracks, which will take days to be repaired.