RIPR News
1:02 pm
Tue July 6, 2010

Amtrak prepares for potential effects of heat wave

Washington – Amtrak says it is prepared to take care of passengers if their trains break down and lose air conditioning amid an intense heat wave along the northeast corridor.

Amtrak announced the plans Tuesday as steamy temperatures were forecast along the nation's busiest passenger rail line.

Extra water is being stored on trains and rescue locomotives are positioned every 30 to 50 miles along the corridor. Mechanical technicians also will ride trains to troubleshoot problems and restart locomotives.

Amtrak officials will share on-board conditions with the system's operations center to help develop plans.

Amtrak put similar plans into place for a commuter rail service it operates in Maryland after hundreds of passengers were stranded on a hot train last month.