<![CDATA[Amtrak Service Alerts & Passenger Service Notices - Midwest ]]> Weblog Editor 2.0 <![CDATA[Wolverine Train 350 Will Not Stop at Troy, MI]]> Effective through October 30, 2015

Due to summer schedule changes required by track improvements in Indiana and Michigan, Train 350 will not stop at Troy on Monday through Saturday, through October 30, 2015.

While service is suspended at Troy, passengers can make reservations at alternate stations including Dearborn, Detroit, Royal Oaks and Pontiac.

Trains Serving Troy, MI

During this period, Train 350 will stop at Troy on Sundays, and all other Wolverine trains will continue to offer daily service at Troy.

Reservations and the most up-to-date schedules are available on Amtrak.com, our free mobile apps and at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

Thank you for choosing Amtrak.

PSN 0915-210

<![CDATA[Silver Star Trains 91 & 92 - Dining Car Temporarily Removed, Resulting in Lower Cost Sleeping Accommodations Option]]> Effective through January 31, 2016

Through January 31, 2016, the Dining Car will be removed from the Silver Star, and all meal service for Sleeping Car and Coach passengers can be purchased in the Café/Lounge car, which offers a selection of hot and cold sandwiches, snacks and other items. See the [Asset Included(Id:1251629439713;Type:AM_Document_C)]for available offerings. During this period, Amtrak is offering lower cost sleeping accommodations aboard the Silver Star. These temporary changes are being implemented as an experiment, and Amtrak will examine customer reaction and market demand for this service.

Lower Cost Sleeping Car Accommodations

During this test, passengers will pay less for our popular Sleeping Car accommodations. Traditionally, Amtrak has bundled the cost of Dining Car meals into the charge for the Sleeping Car accommodations. Under this experiment, these costs will be “un-bundled” to allow passengers to travel the New York-Orlando-Tampa/Miami route in a Sleeping Car at a lower cost.

Passengers will continue to have the option of choosing traditional Dining Car service aboard the Silver Meteor (Trains 97 & 98), which operates along much of the Silver Star route. Dining Car meals aboard the Silver Meteor are included in the Sleeping Car upgrade charge.

Sleeping Car Amenities

Passengers with sleeping car accommodations will continue to have complimentary coffee, chilled water and juices, turn-down service for their Bedrooms and Roomettes, private restrooms and access to shower facilities. Upon request, room attendants will provide in-room service for meals purchased from the Café car. At stations with ClubAcela, Amtrak Metropolitan Lounge or similar services, Sleeping Car passengers will also continue to have same-day lounge access and pre-boarding privileges.

Amtrak is launching this initiative to evaluate the operational cost savings and customer satisfaction of operating an overnight train at a lower fare and without a Dining Car. Amtrak will continue to explore ways to provide food and beverage service at lower cost.

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[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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PSN 0915-205

<![CDATA[Maple Leaf, Lake Shore Limited and Select Empire Service Trains - Possible Delays]]> Effective through October 31, 2015

Due to CSX track work being performed in New York between Albany and Buffalo, the following trains  may encounter delays of up to 45 minutes. The track work is expected to be complete by late October 2015.

  • Maple Leaf Trains 63 and 64
  • Lake Shore Limited Trains 48/448 and 49/449
  • Empire Service Trains 280, 281, 283, 284 and 288

Passengers are encouraged to sign-up for delay notifications when booking their travel and to check the train status before heading to the station. The most up-to-date departure and arrival times are available on Amtrak.com, our free mobile apps or at 800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience.

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.

PSN 0415-110

<![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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PSN 0415-89