Amtrak has temporarily suspended several trains that run between New York City and Washington, D.C., as ridership has fallen off amid concern about the novel coronavirus, the company’s chief marketing and revenue officer, Roger Harris, said in a statement.
Trains 2401, 2402, and 2403, which run between the two cities, are canceled due to lower demand, Harris said. He said the company will not charge fees for some booking changes.
More than 100 Amtrak trains run daily through New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., and other cities in the Northeast. The company is considering additional changes to train schedules across the country, Harris said.
“The safety of our customers and employees is Amtrak's top priority,” Harris said in the statement. “We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking action based on guidance from public health experts.”
Customers who have planned Amtrak trips through April 30 will not be charged if they change their reservations, Harris said.
Amtrak trains and stations will be cleaned more frequently to help keep passengers safe. Harris said sanitizers and disinfectant wipes will be available to passengers and employees in all stations and trains.