Beginning June 1, Amtrak will restore Acela service on the Northeast Corridor on a modified schedule in response to an anticipated increase in demand.
Modified service will include the restoration of three weekday Acela roundtrips. Northeast Regional frequencies will also be increased from eight to 10 roundtrips. Wilmington is one of the busiest stops on the corridor that runs between Washington, D.C. and Boston.
“We are dedicated to doing everything possible to return service safely. We want everyone to feel comfortable as they navigate this new normal,” said Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn.
Amtrak employs 1,000 people in Delaware and had put some Acela trains on sidings. Reports indicate a diesel locomotive was seen towing an Acela trainset in the direction of the Bear maintenance site.
Amtrak continues to take extra steps to sanitize stations and trains. Additional measures include the requirement that passengers wear face coverings and limits on the passenger capacity of trains to allow for social distancing.