Amtrak breakdowns not limited to MARC
MARC Penn Line riders are not alone in their misery on Amtrak-operated trains.
In an echo of the June 21 "hell train" incident on the Penn Line, an Amtrak train became disabled near Larchmont, N.Y., and passengers were left to bake on the tracks in cars without air-conditioning for an estimated 2 1/2 hours. In a departure from the Maryland incident, water was distributed on the train.
The Larchmont incident is one more illustration of the toll the current Northeast heat wave is taking on Amtrak's aging system. It seems that intercity passengers, as well as commuters, are paying the price for years of neglect of the nation's rail infrastructure.