Railroad track and signal upgrades being performed by Union Pacific Railroad will affect Lincoln Service trains, as described below:
The Lincoln Service trains listed above will operate between Chicago and Springfield only, on the dates indicated. Chartered buses will be provided between in both directions between Springfield, St. Louis and intermediate stations. Chartered buses will operate earlier than the respective trains. Confirm your bus departure and arrival times when making your reservation.
Passengers traveling aboard Lincoln Service trains can experience delays of 45 minutes to one hour while railroad track and signal upgrades continue this year between Joliet and St. Louis. Passengers are urged to check the status of their train on Amtrak.com, our free mobile apps or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) for the most up-to-date departure and arrival times.
Thank you for traveling with Amtrak. We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience you may experience.
These railroad improvements will result in our Amtrak trains reaching and sustaining speeds of 110 miles-per-hour on more than 150 miles across Illinois. This phase of the track work project will expand the first 110 miles-per-hour segment between Dwight and Pontiac.
Thanks to this work, a half-hour will be eliminated from the Chicago-St. Louis timetable by the end of 2015. Trains will be another half-hour faster by the end of 2017 — so you can get to your destinations more quickly. Plus, new railcars are on order — to be built here in Illinois — and new locomotives are coming, too. These will improve comfort and reliability.
For more information, visit the website IDOThsr.org. The Illinois Department of Transportation and Amtrak appreciate your business and apologize for any inconvenience.
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