Amtrak to Suspend Adirondack NORTH of Saratoga starting May 20th

If you use Amtrak north of Fort Edward, you're about to lose train service for six weeks. 

NBC5, the Plattsburgh affiliate WPTZ-TV, notes that Amtrak plans on cutting off train service starting Monday, May 20th for the Adirondack Line, the train service that goes between New York City and Montreal, with local stops in Saratoga Springs, Fort Edward, Whitehall and Ticonderoga, will terminate and originate in Saratoga Springs, cutting off service to those stations to the north.

The termination is planned to last until June 30th, while crews work on the Canadian National rails north of the US/Canada border in Rouses Point.  These are the same rails that caused service disruptions last summer when CN imposed a 10 mile per hour speed limit on those rails due to deteriorating conditions.  As a result, Amtrak announced the halt of Adirondack service between Albany and Montreal during the summer, eventually extending the terminus to Saratoga Springs to allow those seeking train travel to the Spa City during the Race Course meet.

Like with last year, there will be no alternate service for those towns affected.  Fort Edward will be reduced to one northbound and southbound train daily via the Ethan Allen Express, which serves between New York City and Burlington, Vermont, and covers the same stations as the Adirondack line up to Fort Edward before the line departs towards the State of Vermont south of Whitehall.  

Amtrak confirmed in a Press Statement issued May 9, 2024, that Adirondack Route service between Saratoga Springs, NY &...

Posted by Empire State Passengers Association on Friday, May 10, 2024


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