If it's substitution for an Amtrak train there will only be passengers ticketed by Amtrak. Situations like this come up when maintenance of tracks must be done or by surprise when a line is closed by Mother Nature or accident.My 5/23 trip Bos-Chi now has this bus segment. Is it really a five hour bus trip? Doesn't seem possible.
Should I expect any passengers beyond those ticketed on Amtrak?
AGR confirmed the bus is making all stops to Albany. Anyone have a rough timeframe for total travel time?When my wife took the Amtrak substitute bus from Boston to Albany a few years back, she arrived into Albany-Rensselaer station about 90 minutes early. So, the bus ride may be much faster than the train schedule, which means you might wind up waiting a long time at Albany for the train to points west.
This may vary depending on whether more than one bus is involved. As I recall, on my wife's trip there was one bus that carried people express from Boston to Albany (she took that one), and another that made the intermediate stops at Worcester, Springfield, Pittsfield and maybe Framingham.
That's when they were daylighting a couple of tunnels between Connellsville and Cumberland
Having multiple buses, and dividing up the stops, can be complicated, unless at least one serves all stops to allow travel between any 2 scheduled stops.I once had an emergency bustitution on the Pennsylvanian. They bussed us from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh. They had 3 buses for us, each bus only stopped at 2 of the 6 stations between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. My bus stopped at Lewistown and Huntingdon and arrived in Pittsburgh about 30 minutes before the scheduled arrival. And that was driving up US22, not the PA Turnpike. That included diversions to the two stations and stretches of highway with frequent traffic lights. Plus some traffic congestion going into Pittsburgh.
I was also once bustituted from a Capitol Limited that was about 2 hours late into Pittsburgh. That's when they were daylighting a couple of tunnels between Connellsville and Cumberland and if the train as more than an hour late, you got bustituted. Again, they had multiple buses, and our bus went straight to DC nonstop (well, a meal stop at Breezewood), and we got into DC right at the scheduled time.
But yeah, I can see that if the bus has to make all scheduled stops, especially if the highways don't directly parallel the rail line, that the bus times could be a lot slower than driving.
Amtrak will tell you when you need to be at South Station to board the bus. I can't recall how long it takes but it is too long.AGR confirmed the bus is making all stops to Albany. Anyone have a rough timeframe for total travel time?
Even if the bus makes all the stops, my guess is it will still be faster than the train, maybe 4 to 4.5 hours in total. The Mass Pike roughly parallels the route, though it runs well south of downtown Worcester and north of downtown Springfield. There are interstate-grade highways connecting the pike to the downtown areas, though. Stopping at Pittsfield will require leaving the Pike at Lee and going 20 minutes to the northwest on U.S. 20 -- and then probably following Route 20 for a considerable distance into New York before rejoining I-90 for the last 15 miles or so to Albany.AGR confirmed the bus is making all stops to Albany. Anyone have a rough timeframe for total travel time?
If I recall correctly our eastbound bustitution in 2019 skipped Framingham and Back Bay and went directly to South Station after Worcester. Not that that reduced the agony of the trip to any great degree.In the past the substitute buses have skipped Back Bay, with passengers told to board at South Station instead, so that will save time.
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