You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Acela service from New York to Boston shut down through Sunday

The Amtrak Acela Express.

Amtrak/AP File

The Amtrak Acela Express.

Amtrak’s high-speed Acela Express service between New York and Boston is shut down today due to a power problem in the New York area, and will remain out of service through Sunday, Amtrak says.

The railroad said it would add extra cars to regular Northeast Regional trains to accommodate people who planned to take the Acela. Delays should be expected due to the use of diesel locomotives.

Continue reading below

Amtrak said the problem is a “commercial power problem” and it will resume normal operations as quickly and safely as possible when power is restored.

Traffic built along Interstate 95 in the New York area this morning as tens of thousands of Metro-North Railroad commuters scrambled for alternate routes to get to work between Connecticut and New York City, the Associated Press reported.

A high-voltage feeder cable failed early Wednesday at a suburban New York station, knocking out power to Metro-North’s New Haven line, the AP reported. The broken circuit could take two to three weeks to repair, the New York-based utility Consolidated Edison said.

The outage forced the cancellation of Acela service because the electric-powered Acela runs in Metro-North territory for part of its journey from New York to Boston, Amtrak said.

“When operating over a host railroad’s territory, in this case, Metro-North, Amtrak must follow all rules and regulations set forth by the host railroad. In this case, we are unable to operate our electrically powered Acela trains, due to an incident involving the loss of overhead wire power on their property,” Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said in an e-mail.

Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains are expected to operate normally south of New York to Washington, D.C., the railroad said Wednesday night in a statement.

Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of