<![CDATA[Amtrak Station News]]> Weblog Editor 2.0 Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 <![CDATA[Amtrak Service Returns to Denver Union Station]]>

Effective Friday, July 4, 2014

Amtrak passenger rail service has returned to Denver Union Station located at 1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO, 80202. Construction is still underway at Union Station, and until it is completed, passengers can access the waiting room, ticketing and baggage office by following signs to the trackside of the building at the south end. From there, passengers will follow signs to the newly constructed passenger platform, under the large white canopy. When construction is completed in July 2014, passengers will access the Amtrak facility from the front of the building. Additionally, Amtrak Thruway buses are now located at the underground bus concourse at Union Station.

Allow Extra Time

Passengers should allow additional time due to the station construction.

Drop-off and Pick-up Only: Parking Not Available

Although there is no passenger parking at the new location, there are numerous long and short-term parking lots and garages around Union Station. For more information on where to park, visit http://www.downtowndenver.com/getting-around/driving-and-parking.

Ending Service at the Temporary Station at 1800 21st Street
  • After the morning departure of westbound Train 5 on Friday, February 28, the temporary  station at 1800 21st Street will be closed and no public services will be available, including restrooms.
  • Passengers who are leaving Denver while the temporary station is open, but returning after Amtrak service returns to Denver Union Station, should not park in the temporary station parking lot. Passengers should arrange to be dropped off and picked up at the appropriate stations.
  • Passengers returning to Denver whose vehicles are parked at the temporary station on or after February 28, should speak with a station employee.
Safety Advisory During Construction

Construction of a new commuter rail station is currently underway at historic Denver Union Station. This work is not expected to affect Amtrak passengers or station operations. The renovation projected will be complete by late 2014. During the construction period, please be mindful of the following:

  • Be careful as you walk near the construction area.
  • Stay at a safe distance from machinery and moving construction equipment.
  • Watch out for any tripping hazards, such as construction debris or uneven surfaces.

Thank you for traveling with Amtrak. For information on the Denver Union Station redevelopment project, visit www.denverunionstation.org.

For reservations, visit Amtrak.com, use our free mobile apps or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245). Like us on facebook.com/Amtrak, follow us on twitter.com/Amtrak, and check out our blog at blog.amtrak.com.

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Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 <![CDATA[Limited Baggage Service Begins at Temple, Texas]]>

Effective June 30, 2014

In an effort to provide added convenience to our passengers and improve safety on board our trains, Amtrak will offer Limited Baggage Service at the Temple, TX, station, starting June 30, 2014.

Monday through Friday  Checked Baggage Service Available
  • Starting June 30 on Mondays through Fridays (only), Amtrak standard checked baggage service will be available at the Temple station. Passengers will be able to check and retrieve their baggage with an employee at the station. Each passenger can check up to four bags - two free of charge and two for $20 per bag, each not to exceed 50 lbs. (23 kg), 75 linear inches (length + width + height). Other restrictions apply.
  • Amtrak Express Service will not be available.
Saturday and Sunday Limited Baggage Service Available
  • When checking and claiming baggage at the Temples station on Saturdays and Sundays (only), the following procedures apply:
    • Passengers checking baggage must obtain a baggage tag from the kiosk inside the Temple station, complete the necessary information and take their tagged baggage to an employee at the baggage car. Any additional fees for baggage will be charged at the destination.
    • Passengers detraining at the Temple station must claim their baggage from a train crew member on the platform at train side.
    • Passengers must check their baggage on the day of travel and retrieve their baggage immediately upon detraining. Due to limited storage space, baggage cannot be stored, checked early or picked up late.
    • Amtrak Express Service will not be available.
Thruway Bus Connections  Limited Baggage Procedures
  • On Saturdays and Sundays (only), Thruway bus passengers connecting to the train in Temple must retrieve their baggage from the bus driver and carry it to the platform where an Amtrak employee will load their baggage on the train.
  • Passengers on the train who are connecting to a Thruway bus at Temple must retrieve their baggage from an Amtrak employee on the platform and take it to the bus driver to load it on the bus.

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).

Join us on facebook.com/Amtrak and follow us on twitter.com/Amtrak.

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Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Effective June 23 for Approximately Four Weeks <![CDATA[Tukwila Station: Board All Trains on West Platform]]>

Effective June 23 for Approximately Four Weeks

Starting June 23, 2014, the east platform at the Tukwila, WA, station will be closed for approximately four weeks, due to station construction. During this period, passengers will board all trains from the west platform (the platform closest to the parking lot).

Minor Delays Possible

During this period, passengers may experience minor delays, as all trains will share one track operating through the Tukwila station area.

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

Visit AmtrakCascades.com to plan a trip. Like and follow us at www.facebook.com/AmtrakCascades.

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Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Effective June 23 for Approximately Four Weeks <![CDATA[Eugene - University of Oregon Thruway Bus Stop Relocates]]>

Effective June 19 through Approximately August 8, 2014

Beginning June 19 through approximately August 8, 2014, the Amtrak Thruway bus stop at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, will relocate one block east to the southwest corner of Agate Street and East 15th Avenue, due to construction at the regular stop.

The temporary bus stop is located on the west side of Agate Street just south of East 15th Avenue, adjacent to the main entrance to Hayward Field. The bus stop is designated by signs and canvas bags over two parking meters at the stop.

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

Join us on facebook.com/Amtrak, and follow us on twitter.com/Amtrak.

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Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Through January 2015 <![CDATA[Salinas Station Moves to a Temporary Facility]]>

Effective through January 2015

Renovations are underway at the Salinas Amtrak Station, located at 11 Station Place. While construction is underway, all station operations have temporarily moved approximately 250 feet west to the former Southern Pacific freight house.

All Amtrak services will continue to be available at the temporary station.

  • Amtrak Thruway bus has moved approximately 150 feet closer to the temporary facility and is marked with signs.
  • A restroom will be located outside of the temporary station entrance.
  • The train boarding and drop-off locations will remain the same.
  • Ticketing services as well as checked baggage and Amtrak Express will be available at the temporary station.

It is anticipated that the renovation of the permanent station will be complete by January 2015. 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).

Join us on facebook.com/Amtrak and follow us on twitter.com/Amtrak.

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Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Through January 2015 <![CDATA[Construction to Affect Access to Lancaster Station]]>

Effective June 2013

Starting Monday, June 3, bridge work being performed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will affect vehicle access to the Lancaster station. Note that the station will remain open throughout the construction, with no impact to train schedules.

    Allow Additional Travel Time

    Pedestrian access to the station will be affected. Passengers driving to the station should allow additional time due to street detours and anticipated vehicle congestion.

    Accessing the Station
  • During construction, McGovern Avenue will be closed from Lititz Avenue to Queen Street, including the eastern entrance/exit at the Lancaster station.
  • Directional signage and road striping is in place to assist motorists through the new traffic pattern.
  • All vehicles will enter and exit the station at Queen Street.
    Bus, Car & Taxi Pick-up/Drop-off Lanes
  • While construction is taking place the vehicle pick-up/drop-off area will be temporarily relocated to a safe location near the front of the station entrance.
  • Bus and taxi drop-off lanes in front of the station will remain open with access to this area restricted to these vehicles only.
    Safety Advisory
  • Be alert in the area around the station as heavier-than-normal vehicle congestion is possible, especially at peak travel times.
  • Give yourself ample time to avoid rushing to catch a train.
  • Watch out for any tripping hazards near the station such as construction debris or uneven surfaces.

Thank you for traveling with Amtrak. We appreciate your patience during this period. Reservation and train status information is available on Amtrak.com, our free mobile apps and at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

Join us on facebook.com/Amtrak and follow us on twitter.com/Amtrak.

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Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Through January 2015 <![CDATA[Limited Parking at the Richmond Station]]>

Effective Immediately

The parking lot adjacent to the Richmond station (Staples Mill Road) is typically full by 8:00 am on weekdays and most weekends. Passengers who require parking after 8:00 am should refer to the following information:

  • Allow extra time to arrive at the station.
  • If possible, plan to be dropped off and picked up.
  • Alternate parking is available at the Henrico County Park and Ride.
  • The Henrico County Park and Ride is located about five blocks from the station at the intersection of Cloverdale Avenue and Crockett Street.
  • Transportation is not available from the Park and Ride to station. Passengers parking at this location must walk back to the station. (Walking directions: From the lot, make a left on Staples Mill Road. Make right at the first traffic light (Crockett Street). The station is straight ahead.

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

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Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Through January 2015 <![CDATA[Hiawatha Service Offers Priority Boarding at Chicago Union Station for Passengers with Monthly and Ten-Ride Tickets]]>

Effective March 1, 2013, Priority Boarding will begin at Chicago Union Station for Hiawatha Service passengers holding Monthly and Ten-Ride tickets.

Priority Boarding

Passengers at Chicago Union Station holding Hiawatha Service Monthly or Ten-Ride tickets will board the train through Gate A, located at the North Concourse. Passengers should be ready to show their Monthly or Ten-Ride ticket at Gate A.

General Boarding

General Boarding at Chicago Union Station for Hiawatha Service passengers will continue to be done through Gate B, located at the North Concourse

For more information about the money-saving options available with the purchase of these Multi-Ride tickets, visit Amtrak.com, call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245), or stop by the ticket offices in Chicago, Milwaukee or Glenview.

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Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Through January 2015 <![CDATA[Washington, DC Union Station Boarding Gates Close Earlier]]>

For your safety and security, the following change has been made to the boarding procedures at Washington, DC Union Station for all Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains:

  • Boarding gates will close two minutes before train departures.

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Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Through January 2015 <![CDATA[Naperville Station Parking Information]]>

Complimentary parking is available at the Naperville station by obtaining a parking permit from the station agent. Vehicles without a permit may be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

Permits are available during station hours, from 11:30 am until 6:45 pm. For details, speak with a station agent or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

Thank you for traveling with Amtrak. We appreciate your patronage.

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Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Through January 2015 <![CDATA[Chicago Union Station - Ticket Sales and Boarding Gates Close Before Train Departure Times]]>

For your safety and security, the following changes have been made to the ticket sales and boarding procedures at Chicago Union Station:

  • Boarding gates will close five minutes before train departures.
  • Ticket sales will end 10 minutes before departure times.

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Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Through January 2015 <![CDATA[Portland Station - Ticket Sales and Boarding Gates Close Earlier]]>

For your safety and security, the following changes have been made to the ticket sales and boarding procedures at the Portland station:

  • Boarding gates will close five minutes before train departures.
  • Ticket sales will end 10 minutes before departure times.

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Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Through January 2015 <![CDATA[St. Louis Station - Ticket Sales and Boarding Gates Close Earlier]]>

For your safety and security, the following changes have been made to the ticket sales and boarding procedures at St. Louis Station:

  • Boarding gates will close five minutes before train departures.
  • Ticket sales will end 10 minutes before departure times.

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Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Through January 2015 <![CDATA[Kansas City Station - Ticket Sales and Boarding Gates Close Earlier]]>

For your safety and security, the following changes have been made to the ticket sales and boarding procedures at Kansas City Station:

  • Boarding gates will close five minutes before train departures.
  • Ticket sales will end 10 minutes before departure times.

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Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Through January 2015 <![CDATA[Denver Union Station - Ticket Sales and Boarding Gates Close Earlier]]>

For your safety and security, the following changes have been made to the ticket sales and boarding procedures at Denver Union Station:

  • Boarding gates will close five minutes before train departures.
  • Ticket sales will end 10 minutes before departure times.

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Tue Jul 22 00:00:00 EDT 2014 Through January 2015 <![CDATA[Transfers at the Flagstaff Station to/from Other Transportation Carriers]]>
Transfers to/from the Airport and Other Destinations

When the building that houses the Flagstaff Amtrak train station (FLG);is closed, between 11:45 pm and 4:15 am, passengers must wait outside until their transportation arrives. Remember to check the hours of operation before arriving at the station.

Passengers may board connecting van service at the east end of building, near the Hertz Rent-A-Car parking spaces.

Travel to/from the Flagstaff Greyhound Bus Terminal

Passengers must arrange and pay for their own transportation between the Flagstaff train station (FLG) and the Flagstaff Greyhound bus terminal (FGG).

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