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Amtrak Winter Storm Preparation
Up and down the Northeast Corridor we are making preparations for potential impacts from the pending winter storm. Here is what we are doing to prepare:
Severe Weather Command Center Activated – Amtrak’s multi-departmental Severe Weather Command Center has been activated at the Consolidated National Operations Center in Wilmington, Del. From this facility, a task force is monitoring the latest weather conditions, assessing the state of the railroad and related infrastructure in real-time, and coordinating any necessary response.
Equipment Positioning – To more quickly respond to potential problems, diesel locomotives and on-track maintenance equipment are strategically positioned along the Northeast Corridor. Should downed trees or branches disable the overhead electrical system, diesel power can help move trains when it is safe to do so, and on-track equipment can be dispatched to make any necessary infrastructure repairs.
Tree-Trimming Crews – To supplement standard coverage, independent contractors are on standby to quickly respond to reports of trees or branches down along the right-of-way, which could damage the overhead electrical system or prevent safe passage of trains. Amtrak engages in a regular year-round, tree-trimming program to proactively minimize such impacts.
Additional Staffing – Mechanical, engineering and operations forces are mobilizing additional crews to ensure safe and efficient operation of the railroad. Additional on-board staff are pre-positioned to respond should a re-crewing need arise.
Those that have travel plans for Thursday evening and Friday are encouraged to plan ahead and make any necessary reservation changes in advance. We will operate a modified snow schedule on Friday, January 3, 2014, which can be found here. You may adjust your travel plans or check your train status on Amtrak.com or by using our mobile app.