<![CDATA[Amtrak Station News]]> Weblog Editor 2.0 Thu Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 2015 <![CDATA[Temporary Elevator Outage at Lafayette, IN, Station ]]>

Effective through Mid-April

Improvements are being made to the elevators that serve the pedestrian bridge connecting the Amtrak lobby located in the Lafayette Depot on the east side of the tracks to the boarding platform on the west side of the tracks. One or both elevators will be closed from February 16, 2015 through mid-April 2015. The stairways serving this bridge will remain open at all times. Please refer to the [Asset Included(Id:1251627670888;Type:AM_Document_C)]when reviewing the information below.

Departing Passengers

Departing passengers who are not using the stairways may access the boarding platform from the west using Tapawingo Drive in West Lafayette and the Myers Pedestrian Bridge. Free parking (with a permit) is available at the parking lot in Tapawingo Park.

Passengers beginning at the Depot who are not using the stairways may follow an alternate path south along Second Street, west across the Columbia Street / State Street Bridge, north along Tapawingo Drive, and east across the Myers Pedestrian Bridge to the boarding platform (a total distance of 0.6 mile).

Arriving Passengers

Arriving passengers who are not using the stairways may exit the boarding platform and proceed west via the Myers Pedestrian Bridge to parking in West Lafayette, or, if bound for the Depot or other parts of Lafayette, may follow an alternate path west across the Myers Pedestrian Bridge, south along Tapawingo Drive, east across the Columbia Street / State Street Bridge, and north along Second Street.

Parking

Passengers who are able to navigate the stairs and do not need an elevator can park at the station. Passengers who are unable to use the stairs can park at Tapawingo Park in West Lafayette. For parking outside of normal park hours, a permit must be obtained from the Lafayette City Clerk's office at 20 N. 6th Street and displayed in the vehicle window.

Station Services

There are no ticket services, indoor waiting areas or restrooms are located on the west side of the tracks. Covered outdoor seating is available on the boarding platform.

Upcoming Bridge Construction

Beginning April 1, 2015 and continuing through approximately June 1, 2015, the pedestrian bridge connector will undergo improvements and will be closed to all passengers. A future notice will provide further information regarding this closure.

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.

PSN 0215-69 (Updated: 02/19/15)

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Thu Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 2015 <![CDATA[Amtrak Moves from the Ferry Building to Transbay Temporary Terminal]]>

Effective March 1, 2015

Service Ends February 28, 2015, at the Ferry Building

Amtrak will move its ticket office from the Ferry Building location at the close of business on Saturday, February 28, 2015, and begin serving Transbay Temporary Terminal on Sunday, March 1, 2015. The Transbay Temporary Terminal is located at Folsom and Beale approximately a half mile south of the Ferry building. The entrance to the facility is on Folsom Street between Main and Beale Streets.

  • Transbay Temporary Terminal
    200 Folsom Street
    San Francisco, CA 94105

The Transbay Temporary Terminal serves passengers connecting to and from San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor, Coast Starlight, California Zephyr and Coast buses from Southern California. Transbay Temporary Terminal will be staffed by Amtrak personnel and offer all services that were available at the Ferry Building, including checked baggage, ticketing, and passenger services. The hours of operation will also remain the same.

All tickets issued prior to March 1, 2015, will list the Ferry Building. However, passengers traveling on or after March 1, 2015, with tickets for the Ferry Building will use the Transbay Temporary Terminal.

Security Check

Upon entering the facility, passengers must show your Amtrak ticket or photo I.D. to the Greyhound Security Staff. Greyhound security will also inspect bags and wand passengers for metal contraband who enter the building. Please allow additional time arriving for this process. Thruway buses will board at Bus Bays #7 and #8.

Ferry Building Option

The Thruway bus stop at the Hyatt Hotel (5 Embarcadero Center) is conveniently located 2 blocks west of the Ferry Building station. All trains will have a Thruway bus connection at the Hyatt effective March 1, 2015.

New Thruway Schedules Coming Soon

All other San Francisco bus stops will remain at their present location, however, there may be some altering of bus departure and arrival times due to the bus route changes. A new schedule will be released prior to the March 1, 2015, effective date.

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PSN 0215-65

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Thu Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 2015 <![CDATA[Mystic Station Building Closes: Trains Will Continue to Stop at the Mystic Station]]>

Effective March 1, 2015

The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce building that houses the Mystic, CT, Amtrak station will move its office to another location, and as a result, the Mystic station will close, effective March 1, 2015.

Once the station closes, the train will continue to stop at that location, but there will be no access to the waiting room, restroom or ticketing services. Passengers may either board the train at Mystic with an eTicket (printed or displayed on their mobile device) or provide the conductor with their reservation number.

Outdoor seating is available under a covered awning near the rear of the station facing the tracks. Passengers should plan to arrive 20 minutes before their scheduled train departure.

Passengers are encouraged 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 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 choosing Amtrak.

PSN 0215-64

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Thu Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 2015 Thu Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 2015 Thu Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 2015 Thu Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 2015 <![CDATA[Empire Corridor Infrastructure Improvements Affect Albany-Rensselaer Station Operations]]>

Effective through Late 2015

As part of the Hudson Line Improvement Program, construction is being performed at and around the Albany-Rensselaer station that includes removing low level platforms and installing new high level platforms. This work is expected to be complete in October 2015. While construction is underway, passengers can anticipate changes to station operations, boarding locations and the flow of traffic through the station.

Safety Advisory

During construction, avoid the construction area whenever possible, and 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.
Possible Delays During Construction

Minor delays are possible as trains operate through the work zone when departing the Albany- Rensselaer station.

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

Project Information

Amtrak and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) are embarking on a major effort to improve the rail infrastructure and station facilities along the 75 mile Hudson Line. In April 2011, NYSDOT received $154 million in high speed rail grant funding under the ARRA HSIPR program for the Empire Corridor. This funding is supporting the Hudson Line Improvement Program, which will design and construct approximately $181 million (combination of grant and state funds) of infrastructure improvements.

The advancement of the Hudson Line Improvement Program was made possible by an historic agreement between Amtrak and CSX Transportation executed on December 1, 2012, making Amtrak responsible for the operation, dispatching and maintenance of approximately 100 miles of the Empire Corridor between Poughkeepsie and Schenectady. This change in service coupled with the project improvements will provide the capacity needed to expand rail service, improve service reliability and decrease trip times along the Empire Corridor.

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PSN 0814-123

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Thu Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 2015 Thu Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 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).

PSN 0313-47

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Thu Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 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.

PSN 0213-38

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Thu Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 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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Thu Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 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.

PSN 510-82

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Thu Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 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.

PSN 0712-105

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Thu Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 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.

PSN 1109-23

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Thu Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 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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Thu Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 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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Thu Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 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.

PSN 309-400

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Thu Mar 05 00:00:00 EST 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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