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Amtrak restores passenger train service   Travel by Car/Bus/Trains

Started Jun-27 by Feisty Old Broad Shorty (TOILETHEA1); 130 views.

Amtrak restores passenger train service to Toronto, more than two years after shutting it down as travel plummeted in the Pandemic

For more than two years, Amtrak has listed its service to Toronto from New York City, through Western New York, as a project to be eventually re-started. That changes today, as a train runs past Niagara Falls, New York and on to Toronto

Passengers will still have to meet Canada’s strict and complicated rules for crossing the border, including use of the ArriveCAN software to notify the Dominion that person is coming. Tomorrow, passengers will learn what the rules are to come from Canada into the US.

Restarting the service is being approved by passenger rail supporters. Bruce Becker is a former president of the Empire State Passenger Association. He says ridership across Upstate New York has been rising and this will help.

“Amtrak has added extra cars on the trains that have been serving Western New York over the last number of months. Ridership across Upstate New York doing very well and, in fact, for at least two or three months running, ridership across Upstate is higher than it was in the comparable months back in 2019, pre-Pandemic.”

Becker says those who have been riding Amtrak are seeing the tens of millions of dollars New York has put into new stations along the line between New York City and Niagara Falls.

“The new station in Downtown Buffalo at Exchange Street is beautiful. Ridership out of Downtown Buffalo is growing and it's a good sign. More people are using Amtrak, to and from Buffalo, taking advantage of the convenience and the beautiful new station.”