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Amtrak to Cut Northeast Trips by 8% on Covid Staff Shortages

Jan. 14, 2022, 10:18 PM

Amtrak is temporarily reducing train service on several routes through March because of Covid-19 related staffing shortages.

About 8% of Northeast Regional weekly departures will be suspended between Jan. 24 and March 27, the railroad told Bloomberg Government on Friday. State-supported trips will be reduced by 6% from Jan. 18 to March 27, and several long-distance routes will also run less frequently.

Amtrak reports about 97% of its employees are fully vaccinated but several hundred staff are affected by Covid infections or exposures.

The Covid absences and a general shortage of workers “reduced our ability to consistently deliver our current ...