Amtrak has announced that it will operate its New York City to Miami service every day. Instead, it will operate only three or four times a week.
Cutting Major Routes
The railway company will halt many services on different routes across the country in the coming months.
However, the company said this week that it will not operate its long-haul train service between New York and Florida. These operations will come into effect from July 6.
It will only operate its Silver Star and Silver Meteor service from New York City to Miami three or four times a week instead of every day.
However, on regular basis, the Silver Star and the Silver Meteor respectively take 30 and 27 hours to complete their routes.
Bus Connections Instead of Train
The days that Amtrak will not run its Silver Star, it will provide a bus connection from Orlando to Tampa. But the other parts of the route will be put on other train routes.
Amtrak’s Palmetto will run from New York to Savannah, the Carolinian will run from New York to Raleigh. And the Auto Train will run from Lorton, Virginia to Sanford, Florida.
“Due to the long term impact of Covid-19 on ridership, Amtrak has made the decision to operate with reduced capacity through FY21,” an Amtrak spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday. “Our goal is to restore daily service on these routes as demand warrants, potentially by the summer of 2021.”
Conveying the Message
The company informed the employees through a message that it will reduce more routes and services across the country on October 1. However, the company will be reducing its operations for several other long-distance routes to three days a week.
The routes that are affected by this decision are the Empire Builder from Chicago to Seattle and Portland. Moreover, the Southwest Chief from Chicago to Los Angeles.
Furthermore, the Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Seattle, and the Crescent from New York to New Orleans.
However, earlier this year, Amtrak already cut service on the Northeast Corridor, which connects Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, and Washington, D.C.
Managing in the Pandemic
To operate its services during the pandemic the train line will limit seat bookings to encourage social distancing. Amtrak will not charge any fee for change and cancellation on reservations made by August 31, 2020.
However, it is mandatory for both passengers and employees to wear face masks while on trains or thruway buses.