Coronavirus fears spurs Amtrak to suspend three Acela Nonstop trains between N.Y. & D.C.

Amtrak has suspended its Acela Express train between New York and Washington, DC through late May in an effort to combat the coronavirus. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Fears about the transmission of coronavirus have convinced Amtrak to suspend Acela service between New York and Washington, DC beginning Tuesday.

As of March 10, Amtrak will shelve its Acela Nonstop services (Trains 2401, 2402 and 2403) through the Tuesday after Memorial Day, May 26.

Amtrak is also waiving change fees on all existing or new reservations made before April 30. 

At this time, there are no other changes on the Northeast Regional line serving the New York metropolitan area.

Amtrak says it’s taking multiple steps to reduce the potential risk of coronavirus transmission, including increased frequency of cleaning at stations and cars; procuring more sanitizers and disinfectant wipes; and reinforcing good hygiene practices among staff and customers.