<![CDATA[Amtrak Service Alerts & Passenger Service Notices - Midwest ]]> Weblog Editor 2.0 <![CDATA[Pacific Surfliner: Track Work Affects Service between San Diego and Los Angeles]]> Effective October 26, 2014 Only

On Sunday, October 26, track work being performed by North County Transit District will affect Pacific Surfliner service, as described below:

Train Cancellations

Trains 562, 565 and 579 will be cancelled. Passengers traveling between San Diego and Los Angeles can make reservations aboard other Pacific Surfliner trains/and alternate bus service.

Southbound Service Changes

Trains 564, 566, 768, 572, 774, 580, 582, 784, 1790 and 796 will terminate at Oceanside. Buses service will be provided from Oceanside to Solano Beach and from Oceanside to Old Town and San Diego. Service will not be provided at intermediate stations.

Northbound Service Changes

Trains 763, 567, 769, 573, 777, 583, 785, 591 and 595, which normally originate in San Diego and operate to Los Angeles and stations north, will instead originate at Oceanside. Bus service will be provided from San Diego to Solano Beach and Oceanside. Service will not be provided at any intermediate stations or to and from Old Town. Passengers at Old Town can take the San Diego trolley service to San Diego, where they can board the bus to Oceanside.

Buses depart earlier: Please note that the northbound buses will depart earlier than the corresponding trains to allow the trains to depart on schedule.

Thank you for traveling with Amtrak. We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience. For schedules and information, visit Amtrak.com, use our free mobile apps or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

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<![CDATA[Empire Builder Trains 7/27 and 8/28: Temporary Service and Schedule Changes]]> Effective on Select Dates in October and November 2014

Track work being performed along the Empire Builder route will affect schedules and service, as described below:

Trains 27 and 28: Service between Pasco and Portland
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Trains 27 and 28 will not operate between Pasco and Portland. Bus service will be provided to and from Wishram, WA, Bingen-White Salmon, WA, Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR.

Train 8/28: Temporary Schedule Change
Monday – Thursday, through November 13, 2014

On Mondays through Thursdays only, effective through November 13, eastbound Train 8/28 will depart St. Paul and will operate on a later schedule at all stations from St. Paul-Minneapolis to Chicago, due to track work being performed by Canadian Pacific Railway. The train will depart St. Paul-Minneapolis at 10:30 am and operate at all remaining stations on the route approximately two and a half hours later.

Trains 7 and 8: Service at Everett, WA
Monday through Friday, November 10 - 14, 2014

On Monday through Friday only, from November 10 through November 14, Trains 7 and 8 will not stop at Everett. Passengers with reservations will be provided bus service to and from Everett. The bus representing Train 8 will depart Everett at 1:00 pm, one hour and 39 minutes early than the normal published scheduled.

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

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<![CDATA[Grand Rapids Amtrak Station Moves to a New Location]]> Effective October 27, 2014

The Amtrak Station in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will relocate to a new facility, about one-half a mile east of the former stop. The new station is located next to the Rapid Transit Facility and offers free parking, a waiting area and a Quik-Trak self-serve ticketing kiosk. Amtrak Thruway buses will also serve this new station.

New Amtrak Facility
Vernon J. Ehlers Station
440 Century Avenue SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

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Reservations and the most up-to-date arrival and departure times are available on Amtrak.com, our free mobile apps and at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245). Thank you for traveling with Amtrak.

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<![CDATA[Capitol Limited Trains 29 and 30: Temporary Equipment Changes]]> Effective October 20 through November 20, 2014
Train 29: Effective October 20 - November 20, 2014
Train 30: Effective October 20 - November 18, 2014

Due to delays caused by extreme freight train interference on the Norfolk Southern Railway in Ohio and Indiana, Amtrak is making equipment changes on the Capitol Limited, Trains 29 and 30 on the dates indicated above.

The Capitol Limited consists of two daily trains between Chicago and Washington, DC, one eastbound and one westbound. Delays caused by freight train congestion leaves insufficient time to service trains at the end points for their return trip. Therefore, Amtrak is setting aside an extra set of railcars and a locomotive to help ensure that the Capitol Limited departs Chicago and Washington on time.

In order make an extra set of equipment available, the number of cars typically used on the Capitol Limited will be temporarily reduced. During this period, the Dining car and Sightseer Lounge car will be replaced with a Diner/Lounge Car. Meals normally provided in the Dining Car will be provided on one side of the Diner/Lounge Car and the opposite side will serve as the Lounge Car.

Amtrak will continue to work with Norfolk Southern to improve the reliability of our service.

Reservations and the most up-to-date arrival and departure times are available on Amtrak.com, our free mobile apps and at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245). Thank you for traveling with Amtrak.

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<![CDATA[Empire Builder Trains 7/27 & 8/28: Temporary Detour Affects Eastbound Service in North Dakota and Possible Delays ]]> Effective through January 12, 2015

Amtrak has changed the direction of a detour route in North Dakota, primarily affecting passengers in Rugby, Devils Lake and Grand Forks.

North Dakota Detour for Eastbound Passengers

Amtrak is temporarily using an alternate eastbound route in North Dakota, resulting in Empire Builder Train 8/28 missing Amtrak stations in Rugby, Devils Lake and Grand Forks, effective October 6, 2014. Passengers who are traveling to these cities will detrain at Minot and be provided chartered bus service to their destination stations.

Passengers boarding at Rugby, Devils Lake and Grand Forks will be carried to Fargo on chartered buses to board the eastbound train at Fargo. Amtrak will reassess the detour before the December holiday period.

BNSF Railway is improving the route to restore Empire Builder reliability. Meanwhile, the westbound Empire Builder Train 7/27 operates normally and makes all scheduled stops, effective October 6, 2014.

Update on Delayed Trains

Passengers traveling aboard Empire Builder trains can encounter delays due to high volumes of freight train traffic and railroad improvement work on the route. During recent weeks, these trains typically encountered delays of approximately one to three hours. Passengers are strongly urged 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.

We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for traveling with Amtrak. For reservations and up-to-date schedule information, visit Amtrak.com, use our free mobile apps or call 800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

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<![CDATA[Select Lincoln Service Trains Replaced with Chartered Buses between Springfield and St. Louis]]> Effective October 15 - 25, 2014, and Other Possible Delays through November 15, 2014

Railroad track and signal upgrades being performed by Union Pacific Railroad will affect Lincoln Service trains, as described below:

Service Changes between Springfield and St. Louis
October 15, 2014: Trains 305 and 307
October 16 - 24, 2014: Trains 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306 and 307
October 25, 2014: Trains 300 and 302

The Lincoln Service trains listed above will operate between Chicago and Springfield only, on the dates indicated. Chartered buses will be provided in both directions at all stations between Springfield and St. Louis. Chartered buses will represent all trains above except Train 300. Chartered buses will operate earlier than the respective trains. Confirm your bus departure and arrival times when making your reservation.

Amtrak Texas Eagle trains (21/321/421 and 22/322/422) will operate between Springfield and St. Louis, without the use of chartered buses or detours during this period, but subject to delays.

Possible Delays through November 15, 2014

Passengers traveling aboard Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle 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.

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[Significant Delays between Chicago and Washington/New York/Boston via Cleveland]]> Effective through January 12, 2015

Passengers traveling aboard the Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited may experience significant delays due to heavy freight congestion along the routes. Over recent weeks, both east and westbound trains have typically encountered delays of more than four hours.

Amtrak will continue to work with NS Railway, CSX and other carriers to restore dependable service along these routes.

Passengers are strongly 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.

Current on-time performance data is available on Amtrak.com, including responsibility for each element of delay. This information is also presented to passengers when booking travel on the website and is available elsewhere from Amtrak, including these passenger notices.

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

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<![CDATA[Joliet Amtrak Station Moves to a Temporary Facility Across the Street from the Silver Cross Field Baseball Park]]> Effective Friday, September 26, 2014

The Joliet, Illinois, Amtrak ticket office and boarding platform is relocated to accommodate a long-term construction project. The temporary station is located on the northwest corner of East Jefferson St. and Mayor Art Schulz Drive (formerly N. Michigan St.) on the east side of the rail line. The temporary facility is about two blocks northeast of Joliet Union Station, directly across from Silver Cross Field baseball park. The address is 53 Mayor Art Schultz Drive, (corner East Jefferson Street), Joliet, Illinois 60432. The temporary facility will be in use until late 2016 or until new construction is finished.

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Please refer to the information below regarding the transition of service to the temporary station:

On Friday, September 26, 2014: Joliet Union Station
  • Trains 300 and 301 will be the last trains to stop at Joliet Union Station.
  • The ticket office will remain open at Joliet Union Station until 3:00 pm.
On Friday, September 26, 2014: Temporary Station at 53 Mayor Art Schultz Drive
  • Trains 303 - 307, and Trains 21/321/421 and 22/322, will be the first trains to use the temporary station.
  • Ticketing services will not be available at the temporary station on September 26.
Effective Saturday, September 27, 2014
  • All trains will begin serving the temporary facility at 53 Mayor Art Schultz Drive.
  • The ticket office will be open at the temporary location during its normal morning and afternoon hours.
  • Amtrak services will not be available from Joliet Union Station until further notice. Once construction is complete, Amtrak will move to the new Joliet Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Center.
Allow Extra Time

Passengers parking at the Joliet Union Station parking lot should allow an additional 10 to 15 minutes to walk to the new boarding platform.

Drop-Off/Pick-Up at the Temporary Trailer Facility

Passengers who are not parking at the lot should be dropped off and picked up at the temporary Amtrak facility north of Jefferson St. on Mayor Art Schultz Drive.

Getting to the Temporary Facility from Joliet Union Station: Cross the Street Safely

For your safety, do not cross the street at Jefferson Street and Mayor Art Schultz Drive due to heavy vehicle traffic at that intersection. Passengers walking from Joliet Union Station to the temporary facility should follow directional signage leading to the stop light at Jefferson Street and Scott Street, cross to the north side of the street, turn right on Jefferson Street, then walk east under the railroad viaduct to the trailer on the left side of the street.

Thank you for traveling with Amtrak. We appreciate your patronage. The most up-to-date arrival and departure times are available on Amtrak.com, our free mobile apps and at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

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