Amtrak to Restore Canceled Routes After Railroad Strike Is Averted

The cancellations were set to affect the company's long routes.

Amtrak is restoring routes that were canceled in anticipation of a strike that has been called off.

"Amtrak is working to quickly restore canceled trains and reaching out to impacted customers to accommodate on first available departures," a spokesperson confirmed to Travel + Leisure on Thursday morning.

The potential strike, which was between union workers and rail carriers for freight trains, did not involve Amtrak or their workers, however it would've affected the company's trains that travel on same rails as the freight trains.

"Amtrak operates almost all of our 21,000 route miles outside the Northeast Corridor (NEC) on track owned, maintained, and dispatched by freight railroads," the spokesperson noted to T+L on Wednesday.

Amtrak Coast Starlight (Los Angeles to Seattle) in Moorpark, California

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Specifically, according to Reuters, trains that were going to be affected were those that provide service to Seattle to Los Angeles, New York to Orleans, New York to Chicago, New York to Miami, New Orleans to Los Angeles and Chicago to Los Angeles.

The White House also confirmed in a statement on Thursday that a tentative deal had been reached between the two parties.

"It is a win for tens of thousands of rail workers who worked tirelessly through the pandemic to ensure that America’s families and communities got deliveries of what have kept us going during these difficult years," the statement read. "These rail workers will get better pay, improved working conditions, and peace of mind around their health care costs: all hard-earned."

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