<![CDATA[Amtrak Service Alerts & Passenger Service Notices - Midwest ]]> Weblog Editor 2.0 <![CDATA[Hiawatha Service: Trains Arrive 10 Minutes Later at Chicago and Milwaukee]]> Effective through June 30, 2015

Track work being performed west of Chicago by Canadian Pacific Railway and Metra will affect Hiawatha Service arrival times at Chicago and Milwaukee, as described below:

  • Trains 331, 333, 335 and 337 Arrives Later at Milwaukee
    Hiawatha Service Trains 331, 333, 335 and 337 will arrive in Milwaukee 10 minutes later than the current published schedule. Schedules will not change at Chicago, Glenview, Sturtevant and Milwaukee Airport Station.
  • Trains 332, 334, 336 and 338 Arrives Later at Chicago
    Hiawatha Service trains 332, 334, 336 and 338 will arrive in Chicago 10 minutes later than current published schedules. Schedules will not change at Milwaukee, Milwaukee Airport Station, Sturtevant and Glenview.

We appreciate your patronage. For the most up-to-date schedule information, visit Amtrak.com, use our free mobile apps or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

Thank you for choosing Amtrak.

PSN 0515-137

<![CDATA[Empire Builder Trains 27 and 28: Checked Baggage and Amtrak Express Temporarily Suspended at Vancouver, WA]]> Effective through July 31, 2015

Due to BNSF track work being performed near the Vancouver, WA, station platform, checked baggage service and Amtrak Express shipments on Trains 27 and 28 are suspended at Vancouver, WA. It is anticipated that the work will be complete by July 31, 2015. At which time, checked baggage service will be restored. This temporary suspension affects:

Checked Baggage
  • Passengers getting on or off Trains 27 and 28 at Vancouver, WA, will not be permitted to check baggage.
  • Passengers making connections to or from Trains 27 or 28 at Vancouver will not be permitted to check baggage.

During this period, checked baggage service will continue to be available on Amtrak Cascades trains at the Vancouver, WA station.

Amtrak Express Shipping
  • Amtrak Express packages cannot be shipped to or from Vancouver.
  • While Express service is suspended at Vancouver customers may, instead, ship packages to Portland.
  • Customers who ship Amtrak Express packages to Portland must pick up the shipment at Portland. Packages will not be transported to the Vancouver station.

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

PSN 0515-117

<![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