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9/19/2003



Rail News: Passenger Rail

Transit agencies clean up after Hurricane Isabel




As a result of downed trees and power lines, and flooding in Hurricane Isabel’s aftermath, some East Coast transit agencies are running reduced or no service Sept. 19 after canceling service Sept. 18.

Amtrak plans to operate most service on the Northeast Corridor on a reduced schedule so crews can repair track. Service on some routes was suspended until 12 noon. The national passenger railroad cancelled all Amtrak service operating south of Washington D.C., with the exception of intra-Florida service.

Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) cancelled light- and commuter-rail service Sept. 19 because of expected high winds, downed trees, power outages and possible flooding. Commuter-rail service is expected to resume Sept. 22, and light-rail service, Sept. 20 if track inspections don’t reveal major problems. However, the MTA plans to begin operating the subway system at 12 noon Sept. 19.

Virginia Railway Express also cancelled service for Sept. 19 because early morning high winds were expected to cause downed trees and power outages, according to a prepared statement.

At 8 a.m. Sept. 19, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority resumed Metrorail service, operating trains on a reduced Saturday schedule, with trains passing through stations every 12 to 15 minutes. Officials expected low ridership due to businesses, schools, and the local and federal governments closing.




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