By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: Amtrak (Information)
United States of America: Amtrak has announced on Thursday, September 15th, 2022 that they are working to quickly to restore all canceled long distance passenger train routes after a potential railroad strike was averted.
In a statement, Amtrak said, “Amtrak is working to quickly restore canceled trains and reaching out to impacted customers to accommodate on first available departures. Will provide update soon as information becomes available.”
Thr potential railroad strike which set to begin at 12:01 a.m. ET on Friday, September 16th, 2022, but United States President Joe Biden recently announced that a tentative railway labor agreement was reached during the early morning hours today.
While itself not involved in the union negotiations, Amtrak said that its passenger trains travel on 21,000 miles of track throughout the midwest and western portion of the United States; nearly all of which is owned, maintained, and controlled by freight railroads, and a freight rail worker strike would “significantly impact intercity passenger rail service.”
Prior to the announcement that a tentative railway labor agreement was reached, Amtrak announced the cancelling of all their long distance passenger train routes, including the Southwest Chief, Empire Builder and California Zephyr, as well as a portion of the Texas Eagle routes and departures on the City of New Orleans, Coast Starlight, Crescent, Lake Shore Limited, Silver Star, Sunset Limited, and Texas Eagle routes, and that departures along the Auto Train, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, and Palmetto routes.
Amtrak’s Southwest Chief services communities such as Barstow, California, Downtown Needles, California and Downtown Kingman, Arizona during the overnight hours with hundreds of people just along those high desert communities throughout the year using Amtrak to get to destinations to the east and west, including people using the El Garces Train Depot in Downtown Needles, California to get on board the Amtrak passenger train.
ZachNews has not received any comments from officials at the City of Needles regarding the tentative railway labor agreement being reached or that Amtrak will not be cancelling passenger trains service.
Customers can reach Amtrak for more information about rescheduling their passenger train trips by calling: 1 (800) 872-7245.