Monday, January 12, 2009

Amtrak cancels some train service for Inauguration Weekend

I'm getting married next weekend. My fiancee and I live in D.C., but we chose Philadelphia--midway between our home and her parents' home in New York, and adjacent to my family in Delaware--in part to help everyone avoid the craziness of Inauguration Weekend.

Imagine our surprise when we learned that President-elect Obama is kicking off his inauguration travels on Saturday, January 17 from 30th Street Station in Philadelphia!

Don't get me wrong: I'm a big supporter of Amtrak, and I think that it's great that Obama and his Vice President-elect--my home state's own Joe Biden!--are putting the spotlight on our nation's rail infrastructure. But there's a problem.

For security reasons, Amtrak is cancelling some train service next weekend. Among those trains cancelled is the one that my parents and sister's family were scheduled to take to Philadelphia from Wilmington. That means they'll arrive later than expected, and since my niece is our Flower Girl, it throws everything into a flux.

Things will probably work out. Amtrak did rebook them on a later train that still arrives about an hour and a half before the wedding. But for anyone who might have time-sensitive plans that involve East Coast rail travel next weekend, be forewarned: your plans may be subject to change.

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