Today, Amtrak is resuming service in the Northeast Corridor, the heaviest passenger loads in their train system.
In a message to Amtrak customers, Joe Boardman, Amtrak’s CEO had this to say:
At Amtrak, the safety of our passengers and crew remains our number one priority. Since the tragic derailment, Amtrak staff and crew have been working around the clock to repair the infrastructure necessary to restore service for all the passengers who travel along the Northeast Corridor. Our repairs have been made with the utmost care and emphasis on safety, including complete compliance with Federal Railroad Administration directives.
Effective with departures from Philadelphia at 5:53 a.m. (Train 110) and New York City at 5:30 a.m. (Train 111) on Monday, May 18, Amtrak will restore normal service on the Northeast Corridor.
Although service along the Northeast Corridor will begin again tomorrow, the derailment of Northeast Regional Train 188 is a tragedy that we at Amtrak will continue to mourn and are dedicated to learning from.
Fares over the past few days for airline travel between Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York and Boston, were going for upwards of $1,000 each way, with Delta stepping in to provide customers a break on some flights with costs as low as around $400. The Northeast is the bread and butter of the Amtrak system, so with the rails shut down, it’s nearly puts most of their revenue at a stand still.
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