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June 11, 2008
Vol. 9 No. 24

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Amtrak New London Bridge Replacement
Is Re-Scheduled For June 16,17,18, And 19
With Extra Trains, Bus Back-Up Available



Amtrak New London Bridge Replacement
Is Re-Scheduled for June 16,17,18, and 19
With Extra Trains, Bus Back-Up Available


By DF Staff and from Press Releases


NEW YORK-BOSTON --- In a last-minute change of plans most Amtrak trains will run Saturday and Sunday June 14-15, Amtrak announced today (June 11) in postponing until June 16-19 (inclusive) the replacement of the Thames River bridge.

As a result, virtually all regularly scheduled Amtrak service ­ including Acela Express trains -- will operate Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15 throughout the New York-Boston region, Amtrak said.

“Because of the shift in plans, Amtrak has scheduled additional Boston-New Haven-New York Inland Route trains and some connecting bus service to bypass the bridge outage during the four-day period from June 16 through June 19,” Amtrak said in a release.

“On the positive side, we were pleased to note that Amtrak has made some arrangements for extra Boston-New York trains via the “Inland Route” through Hartford, Springfield, and Worcester, and for “bustitution” service, said NCI President James P. RePass when informed of the delay. “We had hoped they would agree to do that, just in case the project runs longer than four days. The region's transportation network is too important to allow one segment to be completely out of service without some compensating transportation provided.” RePass credited work by ConnDOT Deputy Commissioner Albert Martin, and public statements by CT Gov. Jodi Rell for insisting on the bus-around plans, which Amtrak had originally refused to offer.

Amtrak's contractor on the job, a subsidiary of the worldwide URS Corporation, ran into what Amtrak called “unexpected difficulties,” in “Šdismantling the old draw span's massive concrete counterweight.”

After more than two years of preparation and construction, Amtrak will install a new vertical lift span to replace the movable bascule portion of the bridge, marking the final stage of a multi-year, $83 million project designed to improve the reliability of the bridge, reduce the chance of operational failures, and minimize train delays.

During the four-day bridge outage, Amtrak will also undertake numerous track and signal maintenance projects between New Haven and Boston to provide smoother and more reliable passenger rail service.

Amtrak apologized for any additional inconvenience resulting from the shift in plans.

For up-to-the-minute information on train and bus schedules during the outage, customers may check or call 1-800-USA-RAIL.

Here are the details of Northeast Corridor service as published by Amtrak Wednesday:


Service Highlights beginning Saturday, June 14


Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15


Monday through Thursday, June 16 through 19


Friday, June 20

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