A tunnel is not the best place for a train to derail, but it happened under Baltimore. It was Amtrak’s passenger train, the Silver Meteor. WJZ first reported the accident Monday.
There were numerous delays and some trains were even canceled Monday night after an Amtrak train went off the tracks just outside of Baltimore’s Penn Station. More than 150 people were stranded and many more stuck at the station.
Railroad officials say Amtrak carried a record number of passengers in the year ending Sept. 30 despite Northeast service that was temporarily knocked out by Superstorm Sandy.
Amtrak service was just restored following widespread delays that hit from Philly to Washington DC.
Amtrak’s president says long-distance trains and some short-haul routes would be jeopardized and service in the busy Northeast corridor might have to be slowed if federal subsidy cuts proposed by a House subcommittee are realized.
An Amtrak spokeswoman says its Northeast Corridor service is not being affected by a freight train accident and explosion near Baltimore.
Eight taxi drivers have been issued civil citations as part of an undercover police operation in Maryland.
Amtrak will be celebrating Black History Month at Baltimore’s Penn Station.
Ill-planned winter holiday travel is the stuff of nightmares. Missed departure times, unending security checks, lost luggage, overbooked flights, trains or buses, weather delays, gridlock on major highways, dangerous weather-related road conditions — the list of potential problems is staggering. Weather-related issues, traffic jams and other unforeseen problems are beyond anyone’s control. Have contingency plans and try not to stress about what you can’t control. While you can’t plan for everything, there are many elements of travel that can be controlled by logical pre-trip preparation. Whether you are leaving Baltimore or visiting family and friends for the holidays, there are a number of simple tips to make holiday travel less stressful.
Amtrak says Acela Express and Northeast Regional service will operate with reduced frequency on Monday between Washington, New York and Boston.
Amtrak will resume service between New York City and Boston on Friday following the repair of commuter rail tracks damaged by Superstorm Sandy, the railroad said late Thursday.
Amtrak says it has canceled all Tuesday service in the Northeast due to high winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Sandy.