Rosemary Connors, NBC10.Com
Travelers are bundling up as the frigid cold temperatures are causing Amtrak service delays.
SEPTA, NJ Transit and Amtrak are modifying their schedules and offering additional services in anticipation for Tuesday’s extreme cold.
SEPTA will operate on a normal schedule on Tuesday. Officials say however that the extreme cold will present a challenge to the transit system’s older vehicles.
SEPTA officials say they will store train cars for the Broad Street and Market-Frankford subways and elevated lines in subway tunnels overnight in order to keep the rail cars warmer.
SEPTA will also have additional personnel on hand Tuesday morning in the Command Center at SEPTA headquarters as well as out in the field to monitor conditions.
To keep up to date on SEPTA service status, visit the System Status website.
NJ Transit will also issue a system-wide cross-honoring from Tuesday until Wednesday. This will enable customers to use their ticket or pass on an alternate travel mode (rail, light rail or bus) including private bus carriers. This means that customers who normally take the bus can use their bus pass or ticket on the train and vice versa for no additional charge.
NJ Transit officials also say that all rail station buildings and waiting rooms will remain open during evenings and overnight.
Finally, Amtrak will operate on a modified schedule on the Northeast Corridor between Washington and Boston as well as on the Empire Line between New York City and Albany on Tuesday.
Acela Express and Northeast Regional service will operate between Boston and Washington, though passengers should expect reduced frequencies. Service will operate on the Empire Line between New York City and Albany as well, with some reduced frequencies.
Amtrak officials are also notifying and accommodating any passengers who held reservations that require modifications.
All other corridor services are operating on a normal schedule.