Friday, October 7

Amtrak cancels long-distance trains ahead of freight railroad strike

If you’re planning to travel with Amtrak this weekend, it may be time to start looking into alternatives.

The national passenger rail carrier announced on Wednesday that it would cancel trains on most of its long-distance routes beginning Thursday in anticipation of a strike by freight railroad workers, which could begin Friday.

“Amtrak is closely monitoring the ongoing freight rail – rail labor contract negotiations. The negotiations do not involve Amtrak or the Amtrak workforce. While we are hopeful that parties will reach a resolution, Amtrak has now begun phased adjustments to our service in preparation for a possible freight rail service interruption later this week,” the operator said in a statement.

“These initial adjustments include canceling all Long Distance trains and could be followed by impacts to most State-Supported routes. These adjustments are necessary to ensure trains can reach their terminals before freight railroad service interruption if a resolution in negotiations is not reached.

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What am I entitled to if my train is canceled?

According to Amtrak, it will try to notify travelers at least 24 hours in advance if their train will be canceled.

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