With Increased Demand and Congressional Funding, Amtrak Restores 12 Long Distance Routes to Daily Service
Slated to debut this summer, new schedules offer the most departures since June 2020
As part of its COVID-19 recovery efforts, Amtrak announces full restoration of daily service for 12 long distance routes following pandemic-related schedule reductions in 2020. Providing customers significantly more departures for the upcoming summer travel season, the new schedule has been updated on all Amtrak reservation systems, including on their website and the Amtrak app.
Due to COVID relief funding, Amtrak will sustain and restore operations and recall the more than 1,200 furloughed employees through the remainder of FY21 and into FY22. The funding is pending President Biden’s signature on the final bill.
“Offering daily long distance service represents a vital step in our road to recovery,” said Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn. “Recognizing the immense value of our employees, we’d like to thank Congress for enabling service restoration and helping us recall furloughed employees.”
The daily schedules will commence in May 2021 and be grouped into three phases:
|May 24||May 31||June 7|
(Chicago – Omaha – Denver – Salt Lake City – San Francisco)
(Washington DC – Pittsburgh – Cleveland – Chicago)
(New York – Washington DC – Atlanta – New Orleans)
(Seattle – Portland – Sacramento – Oakland – Los Angeles
|City of New Orleans
(Chicago – Memphis – Jackson – New Orleans)
(New York – Washington DC – Charleston – Savannah)
(Chicago – St. Paul-Minneapolis – Spokane – Portland/Seattle)
|Lake Shore Limited
(New York/Boston – Albany – Buffalo – Chicago)
(New York – Savannah – Jacksonville – Orlando – Miami)
(Chicago – St. Louis – Dallas – San Antonio – Los Angeles)
(Chicago – Kansas City – Albuquerque – Los Angeles)
(New York – Raleigh – Jacksonville – Orlando – Tampa – Miami)
|Destinations listed above do not represent an exhaustive list of all route stops|
All destinations and scheduled departure/arrival times served by the long distance network will be maintained. Additionally, Amtrak will continue to operate the Auto Train daily and the Cardinal and Sunset Limited trains tri-weekly, as it has been done historically.
The schedule restoration is a critical part of Amtrak’s strategy for investing in long distance service. Other components include
- ALC-42 dieel-electric locomotives with higher performance and lower emissions will begin to replace the current long distance engine fleet this year
- Moynihan Train Hall at New York Penn Station
- Auto Train customer experience
From New York City to the California coast, from Florida beaches to the Sierra Nevada, and from the Windy City to heart of the Big Easy, Amtrak’s world-famous long distance routes offer countless itineraries to over 500 destinations from coast to coast. Customers traveling aboard these trains can expect the following:
- Private rooms offer the perfect option for customers seeking privacy and space on a short trip and added comfort and amenities when traveling overnight. All customers traveling in private rooms enjoy complimentary lounge access in stations and meals onboard. Amtrak recently launched the addition of private rooms on select Northeast Regional trains operating overnight between Washington, D.C., New York and Boston.
- Amtrak Vacations also offers numerous National Parks-themed packages to choose from.
- Kids ride for 50% off every day while seniors can save 10%. Customers can be among the first to learn about upcoming flash sales and other ways to save by subscribing to emails from Amtrak Guest Rewards or following Amtrak on social media.
For 50 years, Amtrak has connected America and transformed transportation by modernizing train travel, and building for the future. Amtrak will continue to play an important role in the national transportation network for the next 50 years and beyond by operating a safe, environmentally efficient and fiscally responsible business by providing travelers with an experience that sets a new standard. Book travel, check train status, access your eTicket and more through the Amtrak app. Learn more at their website and connect with us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.