Amtrak: Ready for Our Customers

Jun 4, 2020 | Corporate Member News

Delivering new travel standards, Amtrak strengthens commitment to customer and employee safety

In an effort to simplify and safeguard the travel experience as America gradually reopens, Amtrak wants to reassure customers that several added cleanliness and convenience measures have been implemented.

“Now more than ever, we stand ready to play a critical role as our nation recovers. We are doing everything we can to offer vital transportation services in a way that prioritizes employee and customer safety and well-being,” said Amtrak President and CEO Bill Flynn.

While some routes have been reduced or suspended, Amtrak has and will continue to operate as an essential service. Since June 1, Acela service has resumed on a reduced schedule on the Northeast Corridor, and the Keystone, Pennsylvanian, Hiawatha, and Oave also returned to service. Other trains will return to service by monitoring demand and working with state partners to prioritize safety.

Amtrak and train travel will lead the way and set a new standard of transportation. While continuing to leverage a full-time medical director and public health and safety teams who have been on the front lines throughout the COVID-19 outbreak providing expert counsel, Amtrak has implemented the following measures:

When you book:

  • Trip flexibility: Amtrak is waiving all change and cancellation fees for reservations made by August 31, 2020. This includes reservations booked with points.
  • Limiting bookings: Amtrak is limiting ticket sales on reserved services to allow for physical distancing while traveling.
  • Private rooms: Private rooms are offered on many national network trains; for both short and long distance trips, sleeping cars provide extra space, comfort and privacy.

Enhanced station procedures:

  • Enhanced cleaning:  Amtrak has enhanced cleaning and disinfecting frequency and retrofitted protective barriers where necessary. Commonly used surfaces in stations such as door handles, countertops, seating areas, and Quik-Trak kiosks are frequently cleaned with EPA-registered disinfectants.
  • Physical distancing: Signage has been displayed at our busiest stations to indicate safe distances in high traffic areas. In addition, clear protective barriers have been installed at customer counters at our busiest stations.
  • Facial coverings: For the safety of our customers and employees, Amtrak’s mask policy requires that all customers wear a facial covering. Facial coverings can be removed when customers are in their private rooms or seated alone. Small children who are not able to maintain a facial covering are exempt from this requirement. Customers can go to for detailed instructions on how to make their own facial covering. Service will be denied to customers not wearing facial coverings.
  • Preventing overcrowding: Except for the Auto Train, customers are encouraged to arrive only 30 minutes before departure and only 60 minutes if in need of ticketing and/or baggage assistance.

Contact-free travel experience:

  • Cashless service: Amtrak is accepting cashless payments only.
  • Seamless gate service: To reduce crowds at departure boards, Amtrak app users can now receive gate and track information via push notification at select stations.
  • Contactless ticketing: Amtrak encourages boarding with eTickets, which conductors scan from the Amtrak app.


  • Facial coverings: Amtrak is requiring all customers and employees to wear facial coverings while on trains or thruway buses. Facial coverings can be removed when customers are in their private rooms or seated alone.
  • Enhanced cleaning: Amtrak has amplified the cleaning of our trains by spraying a disinfectant focusing on highly touched surfaces.
  • Limiting bookings: Amtrak is limiting ticket sales on reserved services, with customers encouraged to use the seat next to them for personal belongings.
  • Reducing exposure: All non-safety materials have been removed from seatback pockets.
  • Handwashing available: Available in each car’s restroom, Amtrak strongly encourages washing hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Contactless movement onboard: To move between cars, customers can use an “automatic door open” button with their foot.
  • Upon arrival: When the train is approaching a destination, conductors will make announcements regarding where and when customers can disembark to minimize crowding at the door.

Food & beverage:

  • Café service: Café service aboard Amtrak trains that still offer food service will be available as carryout only. Seating in the café will be closed. Customers can bring items back to their seats or private rooms.
  • Flexible dining: Amtrak is temporarily offering flexible dining service in the dining or lounge car on all long-distance routes (except Auto Train) and encouraging Sleeping Car customers to select optional room service.
  • Dining and lounge seating: Dining and lounge seating will remain available on select long distance routes with physical distancing protocols in place.
  • Physical distancing: For customers placing orders in the cafe, signage and markers promoting physical distancing leading up to the café counter have been added.
  • Protective barriers: For added protection, protective plastic barriers are being installed at café countertops.
  • Cashless service: Amtrak is accepting cashless payments only.

Giving back:

Amtrak continues to evaluate current practices and launch new initiatives to support personal safety. For more information, follow Amtrak on social media, subscribe to Amtrak email notifications, and visit to stay updated on the latest news and important information on our services.

About Amtrak®: With our state and commuter partners, Amtrak moves people and the nation forward. We are committed to operating a safe, environmentally efficient, and fiscally responsible business. Book essential travel, check train status, access your eTicket, and more through the Amtrak app. Learn more at

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