<![CDATA[Amtrak Service Alerts & Passenger Service Notices - Midwest ]]> Weblog Editor 2.0 <![CDATA[Select Lincoln Service Trains Replaced with Chartered Buses between Springfield and St. Louis]]> Effective September 3 and 4, 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:

Chartered Buses between Springfield and St. Louis
Wednesday, September 3: Trains 301, 303, 304, 305, 306 and 307
Thursday, September 4: 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, St. Louis. Chartered buses will operate earlier than the respective trains. Confirm your bus departure and arrival times when making your reservation.

Possible Delays through November 15, 2014

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.

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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PSN 0814-130

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<![CDATA[Empire Builder: Significant Delays Possible on Trains 7/27/807 and Trains 8/28/808 - August 2014 Update]]> 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 August 16, 2014, Empire Builder trains encountered delays of approximately two to four hours.

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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PSN 0714-102 (Updated 08/26/14)

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<![CDATA[Wolverine Service and Blue Water Trains: Summer Schedule Extended on the Track Improvement Project in Western Michigan]]> Extended through September 30, 2014

Wolverine Service and Blue Water schedule changes that began in the spring will continue through September 30, 2014, while track improvements are completed in West Michigan. The largest change affects the westbound schedule of Blue Water Train 365 from Port Huron, but many other schedules are also modified. Wolverine Service customers between West Michigan and Chicago will continue to benefit from an additional eastbound trip on Sundays and an additional westbound trip on Mondays during the period.

The infrastructure work will result in improved reliability, a smoother ride and the extension of 110 mph Amtrak service between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

As with all transportation modes, passengers should check for delays before heading to their boarding locations. 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).

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

PSN 0814-128

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<![CDATA[Select Maple Leaf, Lake Shore Limited and Empire Service Trains: Possible Delays Sundays through Wednesdays]]> Effective August 24 - September 17, 2014
Maple Leaf Train 64
Lake Shore Limited Trains 48/448 and 49/449
Empire Service Trains 281, 283 and 284

Due to track work being performed between Amsterdam and Utica by CSX Transportation, the trains listed above may encounter delays of up to 45 minutes on Sundays through Wednesdays only, starting August 24 through September 17, 2014.

Passengers are encouraged 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.

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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PSN 0814-126

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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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PSN 0314-57

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