<![CDATA[Amtrak Service Alerts & Passenger Service Notices - Midwest ]]> Weblog Editor 2.0 <![CDATA[More Michigan Trains Added for Thanksgiving Travel - Holiday Schedules ]]> Effective November 25, 28 and 29, 2015

In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation will add more trains between Chicago and Michigan during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

  • November 25, 28 and 29, 2015: Added Wolverine Service and Blue Water Trains
    In addition to the normally scheduled Wolverine Service and Blue Water Trains, Amtrak has added Trains 356 and 359, which will operate between Chicago and Ann Arbor.
  • November 25 and 29, 2015: Added Pere Marquette Trains
    In addition to the normally scheduled Pere Marquette service, Trains 372 and 373 will operate between Chicago and Holland.
Book Thanksgiving Travel Now

Passengers are encouraged to plan ahead for Thanksgiving travel and book their tickets now for the best availability and pricing. The busiest travel days that are likely to sell out are the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday. Also note that other than on Thanksgiving Day, morning trains typically have more available seats than those in the afternoon and evening.

Schedule and reservation information is available on Amtrak.com, our free mobile apps and at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

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Thank you for choosing Amtrak.

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<![CDATA[Good News for Capitol Limited Customers: Bike Service Begins Aboard Trains 29 and 30]]> Effective September 15, 2015

Amtrak is pleased to announce that starting September 15, passengers can bring bikes on the Capitol Limited for only $20. Before bringing your bike aboard, please note the following:

Arrive Early

If you are checking a bike, get to the station at least 30 minutes prior to train departure to allow time to get your tickets and take your bike to the baggage car.

Bike Reservations

Bicycle reservations are required. Reserve your bike on Amtrak.com by selecting "add bike to trip" when booking your train travel. You can also call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or make reservations at any Amtrak ticket office. Bike reservations cannot be made through Amtrak's mobile apps. Don't forget to bring the ticket (travel document) for your bike to present to the conductor.

One bike is permitted per person, and only standard size bikes are allowed. If your bike has a large seat/saddle bags, you will need to remove it from the bike before loading it on the train. The seat can either be carried on the train or checked, where permitted.

Loading and Storing Your Bike

Once you arrive at the station, take your bike to the coach/baggage car where it will be stored during your trip. A crew member will open the baggage car door.

You must be able to lift your bike onto the train and stow it in the rack. You must also attach the stabilization bar with the strap provided to your bicycle frame. Amtrak employees are not responsible for storing or securing bicycles. Upon arriving at your destination, a crew member will guide you to the car to retrieve your bike once the train comes to a complete stop and it is safe to do so.

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Enjoy your journey aboard the Capitol Limited, and thank you for choosing Amtrak.

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<![CDATA[Hiawatha Service Fall/Holiday Schedules Offer Saturday Night Round Trips]]> Effective October 3, 2015 through January 2, 2016

New Saturday evening round trips will be offered aboard the Hiawatha Service beginning October 3, 2015 through January 2, 2016.

The new fall/holiday schedules implemented by Amtrak in partnership with the Wisconsin and Illinois Departments of Transportation will allow passengers to enjoy Saturday evening activities in cities along the route and return home aboard the Hiawatha Service.

With the start of the new schedules, Train 343 will depart Chicago at 11:10 pm, and Train 344 will depart Milwaukee at 10:40 pm. Also note that Trains 329 and 330 will operate only on weekdays during this three-month period.

Passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance and take advantage of eTicketing. Boarding documents can be printed at home or at station Quik-Trak kiosks (except Glenview).

For schedules 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[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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