Amtrak suspends some rail service due to coronavirus
The cuts come on one of the railroad's most popular lines
On the heels of the airline industry facing thousands of cancelations due to the coronavirus, Amtrak announced Friday that it too would cut back on train service on its busiest route.
Starting Tuesday, March 10, Acela non-stop service between Washington, D.C., and New York City will be suspended until May 26, affecting three trains.
"As we are experiencing some reduced demand for our service, we are making temporary adjustments to our schedule, such as removing train cars or canceling trains when there is a convenient alternative with a similar schedule that will have minimal impact to customers," the railroad said on its website.
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The Acela is one of the railroad's best-selling tickets, with a roundtrip between Washington D.C. and New York costing $260. It rides the Northeast Corridor "line" and in 2018, customers took more than 3.4 million Acela trips and generated nearly $606 million in ticket revenue.
Amtrak also said there will be no change fees on reservations made through April 30.
The waiver applies for tickets purchased by April 30, 2020.
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This story has been updated to clarify that non-stop service between Washington and New York City is being affected, and that three trains are being suspended.