Amtrak resumes modified schedules on 3 popular lines that run through Philly

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The beginning of June marks the return of three popular Amtrak lines that run through Philadelphia. 

Anticipating an increase in demand for train service, Amtrak is bringing back the Keystone, Pennsylvanian and Acela routes on a modified basis.

Keystone, which runs between Philadelphia, New York and Harrisburg, will make nine weekday round trips and six more on weekends, but it will operate temporarily between Philadelphia and Harrisburg only.

The Pennsylvanian will make one round-trip run between Philly, New York and Pittsburgh. 

The Acela will make three weekly round trips along the Northeast Corridor.

Passengers will be required to wear face coverings in stations and on trains and follow social distancing. Travelers cannot pay their fares with cash.

Conductors will be keeping crowds down at train doors, and the interior of the cars will be sprayed regularly with disinfectant.

The financially strapped railroad has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic-induced shutdown. In a memo sent to more than 18,000 Amtrak employees this week, CEO Bill Flynn announced that it will be cutting its workforce by up to 20% by October — despite receiving a $1 billion bailout under the CARES Act.