June 15th, 2024

Amtrak, CN quietly cancel summer passenger train service between Montreal, New York

By The Canadian Press on June 9, 2024.

Quebec travellers who were hoping to hit New York City by train this summer will now have to wait until fall. CN rail trains are shown at the CN MacMillan Yard in Vaughan, Ont., on Monday, June 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

MONTREAL – Quebec travellers who were hoping to visit New York City by train this summer will now have to wait until fall.

No passenger trains are set to run between Montreal and the Big Apple until September amid maintenance work on the tracks after Amtrak struck a deal with Canadian National Railway last month.

Schedules at the American passenger railway show that service out of Manhattan will go no farther on the so-called Adirondack route than the upstate New York town of Saratoga Springs between May 20 and Sept. 9.

The prolonged timeline chugs well past the peak of high season and pinpoints an end date 10 weeks later than planned, based on a joint statement the rail companies issued on May 18.

Attempts to book tickets for a summer trip on the Adirondack line prompt a message on Amtrak’s website that says “no trains or buses are scheduled on the travel date” selected, citing the next available day as Sept. 9 or 10, depending on the starting point.

Amtrak and CN, which owns the tracks north of the Canada-U.S. border, did not immediately reply to requests for comment, and no statements on the suspended service were posted on their sites.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 9, 2024.

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