Latest Rail travel disruptions News

All aboard! Amtrak route to New Orleans restored

Aug. 22, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A summer filled with train disruptions for New Orleans visitors has reached its end as Amtrak has restored full service on its Chicago-to-New Orleans line. The McComb Enterprise-Journal reports the line was restored Wednesday after months of terminating in Jackson, Mississippi. Amtrak...

Students mobilize amid campaigning over Phoenix rail vote

Aug. 21, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Campaigning over the future of mass rail transit in Phoenix heated up Tuesday over next week's special election asking voters whether to halt all expansion of the light rail system in the nation's fifth largest city. Several dozen college students and recent graduates gathered briefly in the...

Campaigning heats up over Phoenix light rail vote

Aug. 20, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Campaigning is heating up over next week's election asking voters whether they want to halt any expansion of the light rail system in the nation's fifth largest city. For weeks, postcards and pamphlets on both sides of the issue have flooded mailboxes of people registered to vote in the Aug....

NJ Transit directed to publish data on train cancellations

Aug. 19, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) — Rail commuters will soon get a clearer picture of how New Jersey Transit is performing. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Monday that requires NJ Transit to release monthly data on train cancellations that includes the specific reasons for the disruptions. NJ...

The Latest: Alaska Railroad halts trains through burn area

Aug. 19, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on Alaska Wildfires (all times local): 11 a.m. The Alaska Railroad has cancelled passenger service between Anchorage and Denali National Park because of a fire burning along tracks north of Willow. The fire began Saturday when high wind blew a tree onto a powerline at...

Storms cause travel chaos, large-scale damage in Germany

Aug. 19, 2019 5:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A series of summer storms that uprooted trees and blew over power lines has disrupted rail and road travel across parts of southern and central Germany. Rail operator Deutsche Bahn on Monday listed delays for more than a dozen intercity connections, including to neighboring Switzerland and...

Crews reopen Denali park road; stranded tourists leave

Aug. 17, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

DENALI NATIONAL PARK, Alaska (AP) — Road crews have cleared one lane in Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve, and buses returned about 300 stranded tourists to the park entrance safely. The tourists became stranded Friday after heavy rains triggered mudslides and caused excess water from a culvert to...

Rainstorm floods markets, underpasses in Istanbul; 1 dead

Aug. 17, 2019 9:19 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Heavy rains have hit the Turkish city of Istanbul, flooding streets and basements, stranding drivers on roads and disrupting rail and ferry services. At least one person was found dead inside a flooded underpass, the private DHA news agency reported. Haberturk television said Saturday's...

Germany: Father jumps on moving train with children on board

Aug. 14, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German police say a 42-year-old man jumped on a moving train after its doors closed with his children on board and him standing in a Hamburg station. Police said the father had stepped out of the train for a smoke during its Hamburg stop on Tuesday afternoon. A police statement issued...

Freight train derails near Madras, Oregon

Aug. 12, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

MADRAS, Ore. (AP) — An 80-car freight train struck two large boulders that fell onto the BNSF Railway tracks in a remote area about 20 miles north of Madras, Oregon, causing five locomotives and a rail car to derail, closing the line and bringing out emergency crews. KTVZ reports there were no injuries and...