Amtrak cancels all long-distance trains ahead of expected railroad strike

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No one trained for this.

Amtrak will cancel all its long-distance trains starting Thursday ahead of an anticipated freight railroad strike just after midnight on Friday.

The cancellations will not affect the majority of trains in the Northeast Corridor between Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., and Acela service will run normally.

However, trains from New York to Chicago, Miami, New Orleans and Savannah, Ga., will be impacted, according to CNN. The cancellations will cut off passenger rail service from New York to anywhere south or west of Washington, D.C.

Amtrak workers are not part of the anticipated strike, but Amtrak operates the vast majority of its trains on tracks owned by freight rail companies. Amtrak trains won’t be able to safely reach their destinations if freight workers go on strike.

Trains in the Northeast Corridor will continue operating because Amtrak owns the tracks.

Amtrak said many state-supported routes outside the northeast could also be canceled before next week if the strike goes off as expected, CNN reported.

There has not been a national freight railroad strike in 30 years.