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Rail Service Updates: Denver, New Jersey, Indiana

RTD-Denver No. 4018 A Line train by Xnatedawgx via Wikimedia Commons RTD-Denver No. 4018 A Line train by Xnatedawgx via Wikimedia Commons

Denver’s line “G” heavy rail commuter service finally got started on April 26. It runs westward from Union station to Wheat Ridge. Service opening was stalled for months because of problems with the timing of crossing gates. More information

New Jersey Transit plans to restore service on the Atlantic City line on May 12, which is apparently a true “hard” date. The line offers frequent commuter service between Philadelphia and Atlantic City. Service was suspended to allow track work and other necessary maintenance actions. NJT will also restore service on the short “dinky” shuttle between Princeton Junction and central Princeton on the same date. More information

Amtrak will officially cancel its Hoosier State between Chicago and Indianapolis as of July 1. The service depended on financing from the State of Indiana, and the state’s new budget does not include the necessary financing. The train currently duplicates the route and schedule of the Chicago-New York Cardinal on the four days of the week that the tri-weekly Cardinal does not. At this point, nobody can see any substitute revenue source, so the cancellation looks final. The Cardinal will remain as it has been, and Amtrak will continue to arrange Thruway bus connections by Greyhound between Indianapolis and Chicago. Not surprisingly, the busses are an hour faster than the train on this low-speed route. More information

Ed Perkins, editor

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