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Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.

Amtrak to Restore Service as Quickly As Possible September 2022 As Freight Railroad Strike Is Averted

The talks were not derailed after all.

All long distance train routes which are operated by the National Railroad Passenger Corporation — which does business under the name Amtrak — had been suspended until further notice starting today, Thursday, September 15, 2022 in anticipation of what could possible be the first national railroad strike in the United States in 30 years…

Amtrak to Restore Service as Quickly As Possible September 2022 As Freight Railroad Strike Is Averted

railroad tracks
Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

…but that strike has been averted — at least, for now — as a tentative agreement had been reached earlier today between the railroad freight industry and key unions.

The following statement by Stephen J. Gardner — who is the current chief executive officer of Amtrak — has been duplicated verbatim:

“This tentative agreement will keep our trains moving, stations bustling, and employees proudly serving customers as we move them across this great country, stimulating local economies in more than 500 communities we serve. Railroads play a vital role in the nation and we thank President Biden, Secretaries Buttigieg, Walsh and Vilsack, the major freight railroads and rail labor unions for their hard work and commitment to get this deal done. Thank you also to our customers for their patience and understanding, and we look forward to welcoming them back on the rails starting today and tomorrow.”

Amtrak is working to quickly restore canceled trains and reaching out to impacted customers to accommodate on first available departures. Visit Amtrak.com/alerts for the latest updates.

Final Boarding Call

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Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The agreement is tentative and not definite; so the possibility of a nationwide strike in the near future is still a possibility. If a nationwide railroad strike did happen, it could significantly exacerbate the supply chain, which has already been adversely disrupted due to a confluence of the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic, a shortage of materials, a scarcity of labor, and inflation — among other factors — which could lead to higher prices on products.

Hopefully, each side will benefit from the agreement so that the possibility of a national railroad strike will never become a reality…

All photographs ©2017 and ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

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