Monster storm: NE snow cancels CHO to LGA, Amtrak rolls on
All six of the scheduled flights from Charlottesville to New York were cancelled Wednesday, February 2, due to the monster snow storm sweeping across the nation's mid-section, but two of the three trains connecting the two cities ran pretty much on time.
Amtrak's "Crescent" train left Charlottesville's Union Station 14 minutes late February 2 with an estimated on-time arrival in New York's Penn Station. The Lynchburg-based "Northeast Regional" left on time shortly before 9am and is currently on track to reach the Big Apple on time.
An Amtrak spokesperson, Christina Leeds, says that there were some disruptions on the line connecting Philadelphia and New York "for a small period of time" but that the trains rolling through Charlottesville should reach New York.
One that's running late is the "Cardinal." Based the previous night in blizzard-socked Chicago, the "Cardinal" was running over seven hours late. However, according to Amtrak, it too–- unlike the airplanes–- should reach New York City.
Leeds notes that the "Northeast Regional" is following through on its entire run, all the way to snow-slammed Boston.
Although showing an operating profit–- due to much higher-than-predicted use in its first year–- the Virginia run of the "Northeast Regional" remains a mere pilot project whose future may eventually depend on a state subsidy. A bill moving through the General Assembly would create a dedicated fund for such passenger rail projects.
--final paragraph added 11:31am, Tuesday, February 8