Our local South Shore commuter train between here and Chicago gets cancelled quite often, too, it seems.
Usually, it's an accident at a crossing. In hot summer, it's overhead line failure, or tracks buckling. In cold winter, it's overhead line failure, or tracks buckling. Sometimes it's closed for months at at time for construction issues.
Amtrak, underfunded and poorly managed.
Most other countries understand the importance of commuter and high speed rail between city hubs. Here the government looks at this, like the post office as a money loser rather than a service to the public.
I have not been on Amtrak in more than 10 years, since it became cheaper to fly most of the time. In Europe, Asia, Africa, India, Taking trains is the norm and it's relatively cheap and fast.
We have a lot of rail here and cost is super high to maintain, but do it correctly and the system attracts ticket sales, do it poorly and here we are...
We will be on NJ transit tomorrow, this rail has been given so much money an it just disappears.
Now they are spending $400 million to move offices, with plenty of parking spaces allocated since their employees know better than to take NJT train/bus anywhere.
It's $16 each way and always late or the train breaks down.
It is rare for them to not have a major issue during the week stranding thousands of riders.