Rail travel disrupted by deteriorating Central Warehouse
The Times Union is reporting Amtrak workers at local stations July 30 helped riders make alternate plans after service was disrupted by chunks of the Central Warehouse falling onto the rail line that runs next to the deteriorating former storage facility. Amtrak is providing bus service between the Albany-Rensselaer and Schenectady stations for the Lake Shore Limited, Maple Leaf and Ethan Allen Express trains after Empire Service was shut down west of Albany. At the Saratoga Springs train station Saturday, passengers were loaded from the train to buses to connect with the next train station on their stop because of the gap in service. The disruption was caused by safety concerns over the building temporarily suspending Empire Service west of Albany and the Lake Shore Limited, which runs from Boston to Chicago. It is affecting service north and east of Albany, according to Amtrak's website. The line runs west to Schenectady before turning northeast to Saratoga Springs. Starting July 29, service to Saratoga Springs was unavailable and service to Burlington, Vermont, required passengers to take a bus to Saratoga Springs before getting on a train. Full Amtrak service is in effect between Rensselaer and New York City. The city of Albany July 28, declared a state of emergency. A structural engineering report the city received earlier in the week said parts of the exterior southern wall of the Central Warehouse are in danger of imminent collapse. Officials with the city and Amtrak did not return calls for updates as of the afternoon of July 30. Bruce Becker, communications director with Empire State Passengers Association, said, “We understand that at least one additional train across upstate New York will be starting, we believe, on Monday [August 1]. although full service is not slated to resume immediately." Read the full story in the Times Union.