<![CDATA[Amtrak Service Alerts & Passenger Service Notices - Midwest ]]> Weblog Editor 2.0 <![CDATA[Lincoln Service: Busing for Two Days between Bloomington-Normal and St. Louis and Possible Delays]]> Effective through November 15, 2014

Over the next several months, railroad track and signal upgrades being performed by Union Pacific Railroad will affect Lincoln Service trains as described below:

July 20 and 21, 2014: Busing between Bloomington-Normal and St. Louis

On select dates during this track work project, chartered buses will be provided between Bloomington-Normal, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville, Alton and St. Louis, as described below:

  • Sunday, July 20, 2014 – Southbound Train 307
    On July 20, Train 307 will serve all stations from Chicago to Bloomington-Normal. At Bloomington-Normal, all passengers will detrain and board a charted bus to intermediate stations and St. Louis.
  • Monday, July 21, 2014 – Southbound Trains 301 and 303
    On July 21, Train 301 and 303 will serve all stations from Chicago to Bloomington-Normal. At Bloomington-Normal, all passengers will detrain and board a charted bus to all intermediate stations and St. Louis.
  • Monday, July 21, 2014 – Northbound Trains 300, 302 and 306
    On July 21, Trains 300, 302 and 306 will originate at Bloomington-Normal. Passengers will be provided bus service from St. Louis to all intermediate stations and Bloomington-Normal.

Chartered buses representing Trains 300, 302 and 306 will depart earlier than the respective train times. Check your bus schedule when making your reservation.

Possible Delays through November 15, 2014

Passengers traveling aboard Lincoln Service trains can experience delays of 45 minutes to an 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.

Project Information

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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<![CDATA[Empire Builder: Significant Delays Possible on Trains 7/27/807 and Trains 8/28/808]]> Effective through September 30, 2014

Passengers traveling aboard Empire Builder trains can encounter significant delays due to very high volumes of freight train traffic along the route. During the two-week period ending July 19, 2014, delays averaged between three and five hours. While delays to the Empire Builder have primarily been occurring west of St. Paul, MN, passengers should anticipate delays in both directions.

Passengers are strongly urged to sign-up for delay notifications when booking their travel and to check the status of their train on Amtrak.com, our free mobile apps or at 800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) for the most up-to-date departure and arrival times.

BNSF Railway Company owns and maintains the tracks and dispatches the trains west of St. Paul. BNSF is making capacity improvements, which are expected to reduce delays to Amtrak trains and to freight trains. However, many of these projects will not be complete until late 2014.

Bus Service Provided to and from Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby

As part of this construction in North Dakota, BNSF has asked Amtrak to use an alternate route in one or both directions, resulting in the Empire Builder missing Amtrak stations in Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Rugby. Passengers will be provided chartered bus service to and from these stations. This detour is planned to conclude by October 1, 2014, and is expected to shorten the time BNSF needs to recover Empire Builder reliability.

Amtrak will continue to work with BNSF Railway and other carriers on this route to restore dependable Empire Builder service. Amtrak will also regularly update this Passenger Service Notice.

Thank you for traveling with Amtrak. We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience you may experience.

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<![CDATA[Lake Shore Limited Trains 448 and 449: Track Work Affects Service between Albany-Rensselaer and Boston]]> Effective July 12 - 23, 2014
Lake Shore Limited Train 448: July 12 -16 and 19 - 23, 2014
Lake Shore Limited Train 449: July 13 - 16 and 20 - 23, 2014

On the dates shown above, Trains 448 and 449 will not operate between Albany-Rensselaer and Boston due to track work being performed by CSX Transportation.

  • Passengers will be provided bus service to and from Albany-Rensselaer, Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester, Framingham and Boston South Station.
  • Passengers at Boston South Station should go to the Amtrak Information Desk for instructions on boarding the buses.
  • Passengers at Framingham will board all buses at the drop-off/pick-up area adjacent to the eastbound platform (south side of the station). There is no vehicle access to the westbound platform (north side of the station).
  • Boston Back Bay Service Suspended: Trains 448 and 449 will not stop at Boston Back Bay during this time, and bus service will not be provided. Passengers may contact MBTA for travel to and from Boston Back Bay.

Thank you for traveling with Amtrak. We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience you may experience. Reservation and train status information is available on Amtrak.com, our free mobile apps and at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

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<![CDATA[Wolverine Service and Blue Water Trains 364 and 365: Summer Schedule Change Supports Track Improvement Project in Western Michigan]]> Effective May 19 through August 31, 2014

Additional trains will be added to support travel on Sundays and Mondays this summer in Michigan while improving the infrastructure in West Michigan. The result will be improved reliability and a smoother ride.

In order for maintenance crews to accomplish track and signal improvements in the shortest time, schedules will be temporarily changed. The largest change affects the westbound schedule of Blue Water Train 365, westbound from Port Huron, from May 19 to August 31, 2014, but many other schedules are also modified:

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When reviewing the schedules, please refer to the following reference marks and schedule exceptions shown below.

Reference Marks

L: Train may leave before time shown
F: Flag stop, reservation required
†: Except Sundays

Schedule Exceptions:
  • Train 349 will not operate on May 19 and 26, but will operate on May 27, 2014.
  • Train 352 will not operate on May 25, but will operate on May 26, 2014.
  • Train 353 will not operate on May 25, but will operate on May 26, 2014.
  • Train 354 terminates in Pontiac on May 25, and terminates in Detroit on May 26, 2014.
  • Train 359 will operate on May 25, but will not operate on May 26, 2014.,/li.

For the most up-to-date departure and arrival times visit Amtrak.com, use our free mobile apps or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245). As with all transportation modes, passengers should check for delays before heading to their boarding locations.

We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for traveling with Amtrak.

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Effective May 19 through August 31, 2014

Additional trains will be added to support travel on Sundays and Mondays this summer in Michigan while improving the infrastructure in West Michigan. The result will be improved reliability and a smoother ride.

In order for maintenance crews to accomplish track and signal improvements in the shortest time, schedules will be temporarily changed. The largest change affects the westbound schedule of Blue Water Train 365, westbound from Port Huron, from May 19 to August 31, 2014, but many other schedules are also modified:

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  • [Asset Included(Id:1251626113962;Type:AM_Document_C)]

When reviewing the schedules, please refer to the following reference marks and schedule exceptions shown below.

Reference Marks

L: Train may leave before time shown
F: Flag stop, reservation required
†: Except Sundays

Schedule Exceptions:
  • Train 349 will not operate on May 19 and 26, but will operate on May 27, 2014.
  • Train 352 will not operate on May 25, but will operate on May 26, 2014.
  • Train 353 will not operate on May 25, but will operate on May 26, 2014.
  • Train 354 terminates in Pontiac on May 25, and terminates in Detroit on May 26, 2014.
  • Train 359 will operate on May 25, but will not operate on May 26, 2014.,/li.

For the most up-to-date departure and arrival times visit Amtrak.com, use our free mobile apps or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245). As with all transportation modes, passengers should check for delays before heading to their boarding locations.

We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for traveling with Amtrak.

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<![CDATA[Student Discount Changes from 15 Percent to 10 Percent]]> Effective April 2, 2014

Changes will be made to the Student Advantage (SA) and International Student Identity Card (ISIC) discount membership programs. The rail fare discount for SA and ISIC cardholders will change from 15 percent to 10 percent. This change matches the membership discount for American Automobile Association (AAA) and National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP), which is already 10 percent.

The requirement to book at least three days before travel remains in effect. Reservations made April 1, 2014, or earlier will be priced at the 15 percent discount level. However, if the passenger makes changes to such reservations on April 2 or after, the reservation will then be priced at the 10 percent discount level. The student discount for Amtrak Express Shipments will also change from 15 percent to 10 percent.

Effective July 7, 2014, the SA and ISIC discounts may only be booked online at Amtrak.com and through mobile apps. At that time, the SA and ISIC discounts will no longer be available to book by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL or at an Amtrak ticket office.

Thank you for traveling with Amtrak. We appreciate your patronage. For more information on passenger discounts, visit Amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

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