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Amtrak cancels Boston-New York train service

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Amtrak train service between Boston and New York was restored late Saturday after a power outage on the tracks prompted the rail service to cancel trains along the busy Northeast Corridor for most of the day.

Amtrak said in Update At 10:30 p.m., the railroad said the power outage was caused by lightning but did not specify where the lightning strike occurred. Earlier Saturday, the railroad said the outage was caused by a “faulty circuit breaker that caused power to be cut on all tracks” between Penn Station in New York and New Haven Union Station in Connecticut.

“Amtrak is communicating directly with customers affected by these changes and is offering options to rebook their travel plans,” the company said in an update Saturday evening. “Amtrak apologizes for any inconvenience this disruption has caused.”

Amtrak social media posts indicated that the rail service had been experiencing power issues since about 9:20 a.m. Friday, causing multiple delays and cancellations.

Amtrak said two trains were running on schedule Saturday night: Train No. 65 from Boston to Newport News, Virginia, and Train No. 66 from Roanoke, Virginia, to Boston.

Amtrak said most trains will run on their regular schedule Sunday, but trains 143, 162 and 150 were canceled “due to equipment locations at the time of the service outage.” Amtrak said trains 54 and 157 will run on a modified schedule.

The rail service said it would waive the extra fee for passengers who want to change their reservations.

“Customers with bookings on affected trains will normally be accommodated on trains with similar departure times or on another day.” Amtrak said in an alert: Saturday at 9:50 am

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Letters have been sent to Amtrak seeking further information.

About 4.6 million people were expected to travel by bus, train or cruise ship for the Fourth of July holiday, a 9 percent increase from 2023 and a near return to pre-pandemic levels, according to AAA.


Nick Stoico can be reached at nick.stoico@globe.com.

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