Passengers can travel between the Berkshires and New York by train this summer.
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Amtrak recently announced its new Berkshire Flyer service, which launched on July 8.
Pilot seasonal rail service between Pittsfield and New York will operate during summer weekends this year and again in 2023. Officials will assess demand to determine if service will return after that.
“We are excited to work with our partner agencies to provide weekend passenger train service between Pittsfield and New York during peak tourist times this summer,” Governor Charlie Baker said in a statement. “Western Massachusetts and the Berkshire area offer a wealth of cultural and recreational opportunities during the summer, and we hope this pilot service will encourage even more visitors to this part of our state.”
The Berkshire Flyer will depart New York Station in Pennsylvania at 3:16 p.m. Friday and arrive at the Joseph Scelsi Intermodal Transportation Center in Pittsfield at 7:12 p.m.
The train will make the same station stops as Amtrak Empire Service, according to Amtrak, which includes the following in New York: Yonkers; Croton Harmon; Poughkeepsie; Rhine cliff; Hudson; and Albany-Rensselaer station. Sunday’s round trip will depart Pittsfield at 3 p.m. and arrive in New York City at 7:05 p.m. after making all the same stops.
Amtrak says Berkshire Flyer customers can expect the same amenities as other Amtrak trains.
Amtrak, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) worked with CSX Transportation to prepare for pilot service after an agreement was reached to use CSX lanes , according to Amtrak.
Tickets will be available for purchase later in May on Amtrak.com.
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