<![CDATA[Amtrak Service Alerts & Passenger Service Notices - Northwest ]]> Weblog Editor 2.0 <![CDATA[Empire Builder: Significant Delays Possible on Trains 7/27/807 and Trains 8/28/808 - September 2014 Update]]> Effective through September 30, 2014

Passengers traveling aboard Empire Builder trains can encounter delays due to high volumes of freight train traffic along the route. During the two week period ending August 30, Empire Builder trains typically encountered delays of approximately one to three hours. 

Alternate Bus Service Discontinued from St. Paul-Minneapolis to Chicago: Please note that alternate bus service, which has regularly operated from St. Paul-Minneapolis to Chicago when the eastbound Empire Builder was delayed during our peak travel season, will generally not be provided through most of the fall and winter seasons.

Passengers are 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 09/04/14)

<![CDATA[Significant Traffic Congestion and Street Closures Near Seattle King Street Station]]> Effective Thursday, September 4, 2014

Passengers traveling to and from King Street Station in Seattle on September 4, 2014, will encounter significant traffic congestion and street closures in and around King Street Station due to NFL events, concerts and the Seahawks season opener. Expect high volumes of automobiles and pedestrians that will affect passengers' ability to access and depart the station from early morning through late evening.

    Allow Extra Travel Time

    Passengers are strongly urged to allow an extra hour of travel time to arrive at the station prior to their train or bus departure.

    Getting to the Station

    The only route for vehicles into King Street Station is on Second Avenue South to King Street. Second Avenue South can be accessed from the east on S. Washington Street, S. Main Street or S. Jackson Street. That route will experience maximum capacity of pedestrians and automobiles. Review the[Asset Included(Id:1251626612373;Type:AM_Document_C)]of the King Street Station area for details.

    Alternate pedestrian access to King Street Station will be available from the Jackson Street Plaza adjacent to the station on the corner of 4th and Jackson Street. There is an elevator and stairs available inside the station that will bring passengers down to the waiting room and to the doors to the track. Amtrak is working closely with the City of Seattle to maintain access for Amtrak passengers to King Street Station.

    Book Your Reservation Early

    If you plan on traveling on September 4, 2014, and do not currently have a ticket, please make your reservation now. All trains and buses will sell out during these events and reservations are necessary.

For more information about these events, a route map of the area, and the impact to Amtrak customers, please visit www.amtrak.com or www.amtrakcascades.com. This information will be updated as changes occur.

Thank you for traveling with Amtrak. We appreciate your patronage. 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 0814-124

<![CDATA[Amtrak Cascades: Possible Delays between Seattle and Vancouver, BC]]> Effective through Mid-October 2014

Due to track work being performed between Seattle and Vancouver, BC, Amtrak Cascades trains have been encountering delays of over an hour as trains operate through the work area.

Before heading to the station passengers are encouraged to check the train's status at www.AmtrakCascades.com, or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245). Passengers can also sign up for delay notifications when booking their travel.

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

Visit AmtrakCascades.com to plan a trip. Follow us at twitter.com/Amtrak_Cascades.

PSN 0814-122

<![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