Friday, June 24, 2011

Amtrak New York-Philadelphia Delays May Ease by End-September

Bloomberg story about the recent Amtrak delays:

"Amtrak riders who suffered three service delays between New York and Philadelphia this week may see hold-ups linger while the national passenger rail service finishes some power-system repairs over the next three months. Hundreds of thousands of passengers were stranded this week because of computer and electrical-equipment failures in a power system that was mostly built during the Great Depression. Forty of 82 electrical substations between Washington and New York will be running on new equipment by the end of September, Cole said. The $25 million project is funded by grants from President Barack Obama's 2009 stimulus package."

Such maintenance is critical but Amtrak needs to work to minimize delays.


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