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Amtrak trains suspended due to winter storm

Amtrak’s Silver Star line between Miami and New York, which includes a scheduled stop in Tampa, was among the trains suspended this morning as a winter storm threatens the South and the Northeast.

Amtrak said the suspensions are meant to reduce the exposure of passengers, crews and equipment to extreme weather.

The Silver Star was scheduled to depart Miami at 11:50 a.m. and arriave at Tampa Union Station at 5:10 p.m. The train from Tampa to Miami was slated to leave at 12:45 p.m. and arrive at 6:05 p.m.

As of this morning, the Amtrak website said that due to a service disruption, it was unable to provide estimated departure and arrival times. An automated response was similar on Amtrak’s customer service phone line, 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245). When connecting to an agent, the phone line placed customers on hold due to extremely high call volume.

The suspensions include trains between New York and several destinations in the South and the auto train between Orlando and Washington’s northern Virginia suburbs.

Amtrak said other services, including the Northeast Corridor, are scheduled to operate.

The suspensions also the include Crescent trains between New York and New Orleans; Silver Meteor between New York and Miami; Carolinian trains between New York and Charlotte, N.C.; Palmetto trains between New York and Savannah, Ga.; and Piedmont trains between Charlotte and Raleigh in North Carolina.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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