Amtrak train service has been suspended between Albany and New York City, disrupting Monday morning’s commute for countless passengers.
Amtrak announced Sunday that it had to shut down its Empire Line due to “safety concerns” at a private, non-Amtrak owned building in NYC. According to NBC, “structural issues” were discovered at a parking garage on 10th Avenue in Manhattan, where the train runs underneath.
The garage’s owner reported a hole in the entrance ramp of the structure Friday, according to NYC’s Department of Buildings. The Department of Buildings, FDNY and NYCEM inspected the issue and, by Sunday morning, more structural defects were found that forced the Empire Line to be paused.
Amtrak said passengers can travel on Metro North trains from Grand Central Terminal between New York City (NYP) and Croton-Harmon (CRT), where tickets will be cross-honored. Additional schedule modifications include:
Trains 233, 234, 235, 237, 240, 241, 244 and 280 are canceled
Trains 49 and 69 will originate from Albany (ALB)
Trains 63, 64, 232, 236, 238, 239, 243, 281, 283 and 294 will originate or end in CRT
Amtrak said it would waive additional charges for customers looking to change their reservation during the modified schedule. For more information, call 1-800- USA-RAIL or visit amtrak.com.
It’s unclear how long the rail line is expected to be shut down.
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