Amtrak has added new health and safety measures at New York Penn Station (NYP) including contactless ticketing and upgrades to the system app that includes intel on how crrowded a particular car is.
The upgrades also are being introduced in other Amtrak stations around the country.All Amtrak passengers who have downloaded the app and opted in for notifications can receive boarding information on their device.
In addition, customers who have opted in to Amtrak’s delay notifications will receive an email or text two hours before departure summarizing New York Penn Station’s cleaning procedures, restroom protocols, recommended arrival times, and boarding and ticketing information.
These are the new measures implemented by Amtrak at New York Penn Station and other stations across the country:
Enhanced cleaning protocols
Amtrak has enhanced cleaning frequency and retrofitted protective plastic barriers where necessary. Commonly used surfaces in stations such as door handles, counter tops, seating areas and Quik-Trak kiosks are cleaned with EPA-registered disinfectants and NYP is closed nightly from 12-5:00 a.m. to allow for a complete disinfection.
In addition, hand disinfectants are provided for customer use in all Amtrak areas of the station.
Signage has been displayed at our busiest stations to indicate safe distances in high traffic areas. Protective plastic barriers have been installed at customer counters at our busiest stations.
Amtrak requires all customers and employees wear face masks or an alternative facial covering while in stations and onboard trains.
Passengers are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes before departure and 60 minutes if in need of ticketing and/or baggage assistance.
New Boarding Policy
Priority boarding has been discontinued so passengers can board when they are ready and stay socially distanced throughout the boarding and seating process.
Amtrak is implementing capacity restrictions at ClubAcela to protect customers and prevent overcrowding.
An on-duty restroom attendant monitors the number of people using the facility and can manage access in order to comply with CDC guidelines.
Physical distancing signage will soon be installed in restrooms, and continual cleaning and disinfection occurs even when the restroom is open for passenger use.
Amtrak has increased the number of personnel on site at Penn Station in NYC (NYP) in order to help customers quickly find the correct track and train with one employee upstairs and one employee downstairs on the platform.
“As we continue to prioritize health and safety in traveling, it’s important we provide our customers with new, innovative measures that promote physical distancing and contactless travel,” said Bill Flynn, Amtrak’s president and CEO. “We encourage all customers to download the app to receive our new app updates, which will prevent crowding inside the station waiting for the boarding information to post, and provide an extra level of confidence to make travel safe and secure in addition to the many safety measures onboard our trains and at our stations.”