<![CDATA[Amtrak Service Alerts & Passenger Service Notices - Midwest ]]> Weblog Editor 2.0 <![CDATA[Empire Service, Lake Shore Limited and Maple Leaf: Track Work in the State of New York Affects Service]]> Effective May 17, 24 and 25, 2015

Track work being performed in the state of New York will affect the Empire Service, Maple Leaf and Lake Shore Limited trains, on the dates and train numbers indicated below:

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Train 64 will detour between the Niagara Falls, NY, and Buffalo-Depew stations, and will not stop at Buffalo-Exchange Street. Passengers should make reservations for travel to and from the Buffalo Depew station, or make reservations aboard other Empire Service trains.

Sunday, May 24, 2015
  • Trains 280 and 281 which normally operate between Niagara Falls, NY, and New York will not operate between Niagara Falls and Albany. Passengers traveling between Niagara Falls and Albany can make reservations aboard other Empire Service trains.
  • Possible Delays: Passengers traveling aboard Trains 48, 49, 63, 64, 283 and 284 may experience delays of up to 60 minutes as trains operate through the work area.
  • Schedule Update: On Sunday, May 24, 2015, Empire Service trains will operate on a Saturday schedule due to the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Monday, May 25, 2015
  • Trains 281 and 288 which normally operate between Niagara Falls, NY, and New York will not operate between Niagara Falls and Albany. Passengers traveling between Niagara Falls and Albany can make reservations aboard other Empire Service trains.
  • Possible Delays: Passengers traveling aboard Trains 48, 49, 63, 64, 280 and 284 may experience delays of up to 60 minutes as trains operate through the work area.
  • Schedule Update: On Monday, May 25, 2015, trains will operate on a Sunday schedule due to the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

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).

Thank you for choosing Amtrak.

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<![CDATA[Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle: Service Changes between St. Louis and Chicago]]> Effective Sunday, May 17, 2015

Track and signal upgrades being performed by Union Pacific Railroad, will affect Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle on Sunday, May 17, 2015, as described below:

Lincoln Service Trains
  • Trains 300, 301, 302, 303, 304 and 305 will be canceled. Reservations will not be accepted for Train 300, and passengers on all trains except 300 will be provided alternate transportation at all stations on the route.
  • Train 307 will operates on an adjusted schedule, departing Chicago 35 minutes later (at 7:35 pm), and operating 35 minutes later at all stops through its arrival in St. Louis.
  • Train 306 will not be affected and will operate according to its normal schedule.
Texas Eagle Train 21/421

Train 21/421 will depart Chicago traveling on a detour route to St. Louis, and will not stop at any intermediate stations. Bus service will not be provided at stations between Chicago and St. Louis.

Texas Eagle Train 22
  • Train 22 will detour between St. Louis and Chicago on May 17, 2015, and will not stop at any intermediate stations. Passengers on Train 22 destined for Chicago will remain on the train.
  • Passengers on Train 22 traveling to stations between St. Louis and Chicago will detrain in St. Louis and board a bus to their destination. The bus will only stop to discharge passengers.
Texas Eagle Trains 321 and 322

Trains 321 and 322 will be canceled on May 17, 2015. Passengers may make reservations on Lincoln Service bus/train services referenced above.

We apologize for any inconvenience. For reservations and information, visit Amtrak.com, use our free mobile apps or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

Thank you for choosing Amtrak.

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<![CDATA[Empire Builder Trains 27 and 28: Checked Baggage and Amtrak Express Temporarily Suspended at Vancouver, WA]]> Effective through July 31, 2015

Due to BNSF track work being performed near the Vancouver, WA, station platform, checked baggage service and Amtrak Express shipments on Trains 27 and 28 are suspended at Vancouver, WA. It is anticipated that the work will be complete by July 31, 2015. At which time, checked baggage service will be restored. This temporary suspension affects:

Checked Baggage
  • Passengers getting on or off Trains 27 and 28 at Vancouver, WA, will not be permitted to check baggage.
  • Passengers making connections to or from Trains 27 or 28 at Vancouver will not be permitted to check baggage.

During this period, checked baggage service will continue to be available on Amtrak Cascades trains at the Vancouver, WA station.

Amtrak Express Shipping
  • Amtrak Express packages cannot be shipped to or from Vancouver.
  • While Express service is suspended at Vancouver customers may, instead, ship packages to Portland.
  • Customers who ship Amtrak Express packages to Portland must pick up the shipment at Portland. Packages will not be transported to the Vancouver station.

We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience. Reservation and train status information is 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[Blue Water and Wolverine Service Summer Schedules ]]> Effective April 20 - October 30, 2015

The Wolverine Service and Blue Water trains will operate on an adjusted schedule, effective April 20 through October 30, 2015.

Many trains will operate between five and 45 minutes earlier, and some trains will depart up to 10 minutes later. Complete Wolverine and Blue Water schedules are available on the Timetables tab on Amtrak.com. Passengers can obtain the most up-to-date departure and arrival times by checking Amtrak.com, using our free mobile apps or by calling 800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

Thank you for choosing Amtrak.

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<![CDATA[Lake Shore Limited Trains 48/448 and 49/449: Track Work Affects Service]]> Effective April 12 through May 22, 2015

Two separate track work projects will affect Lake Shore Limited service between Albany, NY, and Boston, MA, starting April 12 through May 22, 2015. Please refer to the following for details:

Sundays through Wednesdays Starting April 12 - 29, 2015

Trains 448 and 449 will be replaced by bus service in both directions between Albany, Boston and intermediate stations on Sundays through Wednesdays (only) starting April 12 - 29, 2015. Passengers will be provided bus service to and from Albany, Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester, Framingham and Boston South Station.

  • Albany – Boston Service: Passengers aboard eastbound Lake Shore Limited Train 48 destined for Boston (South Station) and intermediate stations (except Back Bay Station) will detrain at Albany and board a bus to their destinations.
  • Boston – Albany Service: Bus service will be provided at all stations from Boston to Albany (except Back Bay Station. At Albany, passengers will board westbound Train 49 to their destination.
  • 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 on Track 2 platform (adjacent to Waverly Street).
  • Boston Back Bay Service Suspended: Amtrak service will not be provided at Boston Back Bay Station during this time. Passengers may go to nearby Boston South Station, or contact MBTA for travel between Back Bay and South Stations.
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: April 16 - 25, 2015 and Daily Starting April 30 through May 22, 2015

Trains 448 and 449 will be replaced by connecting trains in both directions between Boston, Albany and intermediate stations on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from April 16 - 25, 2015, and daily from April 30 through May 22, 2015, as described below:

  • Albany – Boston Service: Passengers aboard eastbound Lake Shore Limited Train 48 destined for Boston (South Station) and intermediate stations will detrain at Albany and board a connecting train to their destinations.
  • Boston – Albany Service: A connecting train will serve all stations from Boston to Albany. At Albany, passengers will detrain and board Train 49 to their destinations.
  • Checked baggage service will be available at stations which normally provide this service.

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

Thank you for choosing Amtrak.

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<![CDATA[Adirondack, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Lake Shore Limited and Maple Leaf Trains: Possible Delays between Hudson and Albany-Rensselaer]]> Effective through December 2015

Significant track and infrastructure improvements will affect trains operating along the Empire Corridor between Schenectady and Poughkeepsie, NY. Trains will continue to operate during construction, but passengers may experience delays of up to 20 minutes when traveling though the work area at the Albany-Rensselaer station. Once this work is completed, train capacity will be increased at our platforms resulting in improved quality and reliability of our service.

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

We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience. Amtrak’s Empire Service is committed to providing comfortable, safe and efficient rail passenger service. Thank you for traveling with Amtrak.

Project Information

This work is part of a $163 million joint infrastructure improvement project being conducted in partnership between New York State Department of Transportation and Amtrak designed to improve the quality and reliability of Amtrak's Empire Corridor. The project includes the installation of a fourth track at the Albany-Rensselaer station — the ninth busiest terminal in the Amtrak system. The additional track will alleviate congestion which, in the current configuration, often forces trains to wait just outside the station for a track to open during busy times.

A second main line track between Albany-Rensselaer and Schenectady will also be constructed that will eliminate train delays caused by bottlenecks over the 17-mile single track main line. In addition, a new signal system will be installed that will greatly reduce the likelihood of outages due to weather and keep trains moving safely and at faster speeds, even in inclement weather.

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<![CDATA[Hiawatha Service: Trains Arrive 10 Minutes Later at Chicago and Milwaukee]]> Effective April 2 through May 25, 2015

Track work being performed west of Chicago by Canadian Pacific Railway and Metra will affect Hiawatha Service arrival times at Chicago and Milwaukee, as described below:

  • Trains 331, 333 and 335 Arrival in Milwaukee
    Hiawatha Service Trains 331, 333 and 335 will arrive in Milwaukee 10 minutes later than the current published schedule. Schedules will not change at Chicago, Glenview, Sturtevant and Milwaukee Airport Station.
  • Trains 332, 334 and 336 Arrival in Chicago
    Hiawatha Service Trains 332, 334 and 336 will arrive in Chicago 10 minutes later than current published schedules. Schedules will not change at will Milwaukee, Milwaukee Airport Station, Sturtevant and Glenview.

We appreciate your patronage. For the most up-to-date schedule information, visit Amtrak.com, use our free mobile apps or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

Thank you for choosing Amtrak.

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