Amtrak Canceling Longer Routes Due To Possible Freight Rail Strike

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Due to a possible freight rail strike this Friday, Amtrak has cancelled several long-distance routes today.

According to Reuters, “Amtrak workers aren’t part of the labor dispute. But Amtrak operates almost all of its 21,000 route miles outside the Northeast Corridor (NEC) on tracks owned, maintained, and dispatched by freight railroads.”

Some of the cancelled routes include: Seattle to Los Angeles (Coast Starlight), New York To New Orleans (Crescent) and New York to Miami (Silver Star).

Amtrak suspended some services yesterday, September 13, as well. Reuters lists, “the Southwest Chief route from Chicago to Los Angeles, Empire Builder route from Chicago to Seattle, California Zephyr route from Chicago to San Francisco, and the Los Angeles to San Antonio portion of the Texas Eagle route.”

In a statement, Amtrak said, “we will only operate trains that we can ensure will have enough time to reach their final destinations by 12:01 a.m. on Friday.”