PENNSYLVANIA'S #1 WEEKLY NEWSPAPER • locally owned since 1854

Amtrak to resume limited train service through Middletown, with some restrictions in place


After a two-month shutdown brought on by the coronavirus, Amtrak train service returns to Middletown Monday, June 1, with some changes brought on by the virus that will affect passengers.

Amtrak on Monday is resuming its Harrisburg-to-Philadelphia Keystone train service.

The service will temporarily operate between Philadelphia and Harrisburg only, with no service between New York City and Philadelphia, Amtrak said in a news release posted on its website.

The modified Keystone Service will include nine weekday roundtrips and six roundtrips on weekends. Trains will operate on a modified schedule in response to anticipated increased demand.

Amtrak service from Philadelphia to New York and Pittsburgh will be available as Amtrak is also restoring its Pennsylvanian service effective June 1. The service will include one daily roundtrip between New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Amtrak June 1 is also restoring its Acela service serving the northeast corridor.

Amtrak is limiting bookings on all trains to maintain social distancing recommendations put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Coach, business and Acela First Class sales are temporarily reduced to 50 percent capacity on reserved services, Amtrak said.

All customers will be required to wear facial coverings such as masks while aboard all Amtrak trains and at all Amtrak stations and on thruway buses.

Amtrak will not accept cash payments at stations and on trains; transactions must be cashless, at least temporarily.

Amtrak has placed signs at its busiest stations to help maintain social distancing. Amtrak said it has enhanced cleaning by spraying disinfectant focusing on highly touched surfaces.

When people are on a train and the train is nearing its destination, conductors will announce where and when customers can get off, in order to minimize crowding at the door.

For more, go to