Amtrak said it will resume Northeast Corridor service Friday after halting train service Thursday due to Tropical Depression Ida.
Amtrak originally halted service Thursday from Washington to Boston, including through Baltimore, amid widespread flooding and damage along much of the passenger railroad’s Northeast Corridor after Ida passed through the region.
MARC train service is not expected to be affected, Maryland Transit Administration spokeswoman Veronica Battisti said.
Amtrak blamed “severe weather with significant rainfall” for its decision to cancel both Acela and Northeast Regional trains, which followed earlier train cancellations and schedule modifications. Both trains will be back in service Friday, Amtrak said.
While Ida was no longer one of the strongest hurricanes on record to strike the U.S., the storm walloped areas along its path from New Orleans to New York with record-breaking rain. The deluge flooded roads and interrupted flights and train service.
A stunned U.S. East Coast woke up Thursday to a rising death toll, surging rivers and other destruction from Tropical Depression Ida, which also spun off tornadoes along its path.
In a region that hadn’t expected a serious blow, the storm killed at least 46 people Wednesday into Thursday from Maryland to Connecticut as basement apartments suddenly filled with water, rivers and creeks swelled to record levels and roadways turned into car-swallowing canals.
Before halting all trains Thursday, Amtrak already had canceled morning service between Philadelphia and Boston, blaming the rainfall and encouraging riders to call 800-USA-RAIL for assistance. (Amtrak riders also may subscribe to email or text alerts and follow @AmtrakNEC and @AmtrakAlerts on Twitter.)
But amid criticism from frustrated passengers on social media, even the railroad acknowledged that its call center was struggling to keep up with a deluge of calls.
“Due to severe weather in the northeast our call center is experiencing higher than usual call volume,” Amtrak tweeted. “We appreciate your patience during this time and apologize for any inconvenience.”
Amtrak wasn’t the only passenger rail affected.
The record rainfall cascaded into New York City subway tunnels, trapping at least 17 trains and forcing the cancellation of service throughout the night and early morning. Videos online showed riders standing on seats in cars filled with water. All riders were evacuated safely, officials said.
Flood warnings remained Thursday morning in parts of northern Maryland after Wednesday’s heavy rains from Ida. A tornado tore through parts of Anne Arundel County Wednesday afternoon around 2:15 p.m., destroying homes and felling power lines.
Baltimore Sun reporter Phil Davis and The Associated Press contributed to this article.