Next month, more than two years after the pandemic stopped trains from crossing the shared border between the U.S. and Canada, Amtrak service between New York City and Montreal will return.
Following the restart of trains between Seattle and Vancouver, Canada, which had previously been suspended due to COVID-19 concerns, the Adirondack route of Amtrak has now reopened.
Last summer, Amtrak reinstated full service on the Maple Leaf line between New York City and Ontario, Canada.
The resumption of service between New York and Montreal has been significantly more difficult.
Many of the villages along the Adirondack line’s path have suffered economically due to the years-long closure, according to U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York-based Democrat.
According to officials, the route is one of the most scenic Amtrak corridors, and the towns and cities along it have relied on the train service to draw tourists to their areas.
According to a joint statement from Gillibrand and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, also of New York, the Adirondack route saw roughly 118,000 riders during the fiscal year before the epidemic, an increase of more than 5% from the year before.