Amtrak is temporarily reducing service on Amtrak Downeaster trains this week due to a decrease in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Downeaster will suspend service on trains 688 and 689 beginning on Tuesday and trains 683 and 684 beginning on Wednesday, Amtrak posted in a service alert Monday. All other trains will operate as scheduled.
Beginning on Saturday, the following Downeaster trains will operate over the weekend: 692, 693, 694, and 695.
Beginning Monday, southbound trains 680 and 682 and northbound trains 681 and 685 will operate. All other Downeaster trains will be suspended, according to Amtrak.
Some station buildings, including Brunswick, Freeport, Saco, and Wells may be closed, according to Amtrak, but Downeaster trains will continue to stop at the platform.
The Northeast Regional and Acela service is still operating between Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C., but the Northeast Corridor is operating about 40 percent of its regular weekday schedules, according to the company. Amtrak posted more reduced schedule changes on Monday, which include the Amtrak Hartford Line and Valley Flyer Service operating daily on a Saturday schedule.
Amtrak also released information about how it has stepped up cleaning procedures on its trains.
“We have increased the frequency of cleaning services on our trains and at our stations to multiple times a day, and in some cases, on an hourly basis,” Amtrak wrote. “We have increased the use of disinfectants to wipe down handrails, doorknobs, handles, and surfaces.”
Passengers can learn which scheduled services continue to operate by going to Amtrak.com.
“During this time, passengers may cancel or change their reservations without penalty,” Amtrak wrote.
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