- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - A winter storm expected to have a major impact is putting the brakes on passenger rail service through North Carolina and South Carolina.

Amtrak has announced it will suspend some services south of Washington due to the latest winter storm forecast for the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

The suspension of some service in Carolinas, Georgia and Florida is designed to reduce the exposure of Amtrak passengers, crews and rail equipment to extreme weather conditions, in coordination with CSX Transportation. Alternate transportation is not available.

Service is suspended on the southbound Silver Star and Silver Meteor; the northbound and southbound Palmetto; northbound and southbound auto train. In North Carolina, service is suspended on the northbound and southbound Carolinian, and the eastbound and westbound Piedmont.

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