Amtrak is providing modified service throughout the Northeast including between Washington D.C., New York and Boston, providing vital transportation to residents and helping to restore the economy of the region after the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.
In addition, as a public service, Amtrak is offering free travel to uniformed first responders, including police and fire personnel, members of the National Guard and Federal Emergency Management Administration, Red Cross and other uniformed agency personnel directly involved in the recovery effort. The offer is valid from today through Nov. 9 for travel on Northeast Corridor services between Washington and Boston excluding Acela Express.
“Amtrak is committed to do our part for this recovery – repairing the infrastructure, aiding in the transportation of first responders, moving passengers again and helping to restore confidence that the region will get back on its feet soon,” said Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman. “We know transportation is a critical piece to reviving the region and its economy. We’re looking for ways to help and we intend to be a major force to deliver mobility back to the Northeast.”
The modified service recovery is possible due to the non-stop dedicated work of Amtrak employees that repaired tracks, tunnels, and signal and power systems across more than 500 miles of Amtrak-owned and maintained rail infrastructure in the Northeast. In addition, Amtrak crews worked with Metro-North Railroad to repair a section of their railroad making the service connection between New York and Boston possible.
“I am very proud of our Amtrak crews who have been working around the clock preparing for the storm, assessing the damage and making necessary repairs. This historic storm created unprecedented damage, and our hard-working and committed crews returned service to the Northeast sooner than ever expected. There is more to do and we will continue to work diligently until full Amtrak service is restored,” stated Boardman.