People with plans to head to Washington D.C. Tuesday morning were forced to put them on hold due to down wires that have caused major Amtrak delays since 3 a.m.
According to Amtrak officials, southbound service between Washington and Wilmington was suspended when overhead catenary wires came down south of Aberdeen, Maryland. Trains from Washington North (en route to Wilmington) shut down also. As a result, nearly 200 people were stranded in Baltimore and 67 travelers in Wilmington during the early morning commute. The first train to Washington was due in around 4:30 a.m but didn’t arrive until more than four hours later.
However, at 9 a.m Amtrak spokesperson Ron Edwards was able to give people a little hope. That’s when Edwards announced that Southbound service was restored but delays throughout the day should be expected while crews make repairs to get things back to normal. There are updates available on the AMTRAK web page.
In the meantime, Amtrak will accommodate passengers who already paid for tickets but chose not to travel because of service disruption. They’ll be eligible to receive a refund or voucher for future travel. As for reservations booked online, they can be modified or cancelled on Amtrak.com.