Amtrak suspends North Country train service
Just three months after reopening the Adirondack train line from New York City to Montreal, Amtrak is suspending the service’s North Country stops, terminating the line in Albany.
In an announcement on Monday from the U.S. national passenger rail company, Amtrak said the Canadian national rail carrier has implemented reduced speed regulations around Montreal due to a heat and warping rails, and their trains numbered 68 and 69 will not be able to travel in the country until further notice.
The Adirondack line is the only passenger rail line to visit the North Country stops north of Fort Edward/Glens Falls station to Plattsburgh, and those stations will not see any train service until the Adirondack Line returns to Montreal. The Adirondack line has been canceled effective immediately, with Monday’s being the final trains to run north of Albany.
The line was entirely canceled for about three years during the coronavirus pandemic, even after cross-border traffic resumed unimpeded in 2022. North Country legislators including Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro and Assemblyman D. Billy Jones, D-Chateaugay Lake, advocated strongly for Amtrak to resume the service and lauded the company’s decision to restart service on April 3 of this year.
In a statement sent shortly after the announcement of the service suspension, Assemblyman Jones said he felt this was a major step backward for cross-border travel.
“We were just getting back to normalcy at our borders and now it feels like we are moving backwards,” he said. “This rail line is not just important for cross border traffic, but for locals as well, especially the many college students who utilize their services throughout the academic year.”
The Assemblyman said he will continue to work with local, state and federal leadership on a way to bring the Adirondack line back to northern New York.
State Sen. Dan Stec, R-Queensbury, said he was “deeply concerned by Amtrak’s decision to suspend the Montreal-New York Adirondack rail line service.”
“We only recently returned to normal cross-border travel and activity, and suspending this service undoes those efforts and threatens our local economy,” he said. “A long-term suspension of this rail line is unsustainable and would be unacceptable for travelers, local business owners and locals on both sides of the border. I will be working with my local, state and federal partners to take action and address this issue immediately.”