Posted: Wednesday, October 31st 2012 at 8:31am
Amtrak Crescent resuming partial service
By Ken Stanford Staff
GAINESVILLE - The Amtrak Crescent, which runs twice-a-day between New York City and New Orleans with stops that include Gainesville, Toccoa and Atlanta, resumes partial service Wednesday.
Amtrak says service is resuming between Washington and New Orleans only - and announced no timetable for the resumption of service to New York.
In addition, some service is being restored in the Northeast Wednesday, but flooded train tunnels continue to prevent service to and from New York's Penn Station.
The railroad said late Tuesday that modified service between Newark, N.J., and points south will resume on Wednesday. That includes restoring Virginia service to Lynchburg, Richmond and Newport News, Keystone trains in Pennsylvania and Downeaster service between Boston and Portland, Maine.
However, Amtrak said in a statement that the amount of water in train tunnels under the Hudson and East rivers is unprecedented, preventing service to New York. There will be no Northeast Regional service between New York and Boston and no Acela Express service for the entire length of the Northeast Corridor. No date has been set for resumption of service.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)
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