<![CDATA[Amtrak Service Alerts & Passenger Service Notices - Midwest ]]> Weblog Editor 2.0 <![CDATA[Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle: Track Work Affects Service between Chicago and St. Louis]]> Effective Thursday and Friday, June 2 and 3, 2016

As construction continues to bring 110 mph speeds to the Lincoln Service, track work will affect the Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle on June 2 and 3, 2016, as follows:

Lincoln Service Trains 301 and 306

Bus Service between St. Louis and Bloomington-Normal

  • Trains 301, 302, 303, 304, 305 and 306 will operate normally between Chicago and Bloomington-Normal. Passengers will be provided bus service in both directions between Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville, Alton and St. Louis.
  • Buses representing Trains 302, 304 and 306 will depart St. Louis one hour and forty-five minutes earlier than the respective train schedules. Refer to the schedules shown. Buses representing Trains 301, 303 and 305 will operate between Bloomington-Normal and St. Louis at the normal scheduled train times.
  • Trains 300 and 307 will not be affected and will operate normally on June 2 and 3, 2016.
Texas Eagle Trains 21/321/421 and 22/322/422

Service Affected between Chicago and St. Louis

  • Southbound Train 21/421 will detour between Chicago and St. Louis on June 2 and 3, 2016, and will not stop at Joliet, Pontiac, Bloomington-Normal, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville and Alton.
  • Northbound Train 22/422 will operate as scheduled to St. Louis. On June 2 and 3, 2016, the train will detour between St. Louis and Chicago, and will not stop at any intermediate stations. Passengers on Train 22/422 destined for Chicago will remain on the train. Passengers on Train 22/422 traveling to stations between St. Louis and Chicago will get off the train in St. Louis and board a bus to their destination. The bus will only stop to discharge passengers.
  • Trains 321 and 322 will be canceled on June 2 and 3, 2016.
  • Passengers requiring travel to or from Joliet, Pontiac, Bloomington-Normal, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville and Alton can make reservations aboard the Lincoln Service train/alternate bus service.
  • Possible Delays: The Texas Eagle can encounter delays of up to 45 minutes traveling on the detour.

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

Thank you for traveling with Amtrak.

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<![CDATA[Hiawatha Service Spring/Summer Schedules: Offer New Saturday Night Round Trips]]> Effective May 21 through September 3, 2016

New Saturday night round trips will be offered aboard the Hiawatha Service beginning May 21 through September 3, 2016.

The new spring/summer 2016 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. 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). Join us on facebook.com/Amtrak, and follow us on twitter.com/Amtrak.

Thank you for choosing Amtrak.

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<![CDATA[Walk-up Bike Service Offered - Arrive 30 Minutes Before Departure to Check Bikes]]> Effective May 2, 2016

Amtrak and the Wisconsin and Illinois departments of transportation now offer Walk-up Checked Bike Service aboard the Hiawatha Service at the Chicago and Milwaukee stations for only $5.

Reservations Required

Bicycle reservations are required and travel documents for bikes must be presented to the conductor when boarding the train. Passengers can reserve space for their bikes by selecting "add bike" when they book their train travel on Amtrak.com, by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) and at Amtrak ticket offices. Passengers can also make reservations at the Chicago and Milwaukee Quik-Trak ticketing kiosks. Bike reservations cannot be made through Amtrak mobile apps. Only one bike is permitted per person.

Passengers must complete a baggage ID tag and attach it to their bike. Passengers boarding at the Chicago and Milwaukee stations can obtain baggage ID tags at the ticket office. Passengers must present a photo ID when retrieving their bike.

Arrive Early

Passengers checking bikes must arrive 30 minutes prior to train departure to allow sufficient time to obtain their ticket and baggage tag, and to get their bike to the baggage car.

Eligible Bikes

Only standard size bikes will be permitted. Large seat/saddle bags must be removed from the bikes. These items can be carried on the train and will count as a carry-on item.

Loading Bikes

Passengers must be physically capable of lifting their bikes up to an employee standing in the baggage car. Passengers are not permitted in this car. Amtrak personnel will store and secure the bike to the bike racks.

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Thank you for choosing Amtrak.

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<![CDATA[Texas Eagle Train 21/421: Bus Service Provided at Shreveport, Marshall and Longview]]> Effective May 10 - 25, 2016

Due to Union Pacific track work, Train 21/421 will detour between Texarkana and Mineola, and will not stop at Marshall or Longview from May 10 through May 25. To accommodate our customers during this period, our current Thruway bus service to and from Shreveport will be adjusted to serve both Marshall and Longview, as follows:

Boarding at Shreveport, Marshall and Longview: Passengers boarding at Shreveport, Marshall and Longview will board Thruway bus 6421 to Mineola, where they will board Train 21/421, serving all remaining stations on the route.

Travel to Marshall, Longview and Shreveport:

  • Passengers on Train 21/421 who are traveling to Marshall and Longview will detrain at Mineola, where bus service will be provided to their destination.
  • Passengers on Train 21/421 who are scheduled to detrain in Longview and board Thruway bus 6121 to Shreveport, will instead detrain at Mineola and board the bus to the Shreveport.

Thruway Bus 6021 Connection at Longview: During this period, Thruway bus 6021 will originate at Mineola, instead of Longview. Passengers scheduled to connect with the Amtrak Thruway bus at Longview will detrain at Mineola, where they will board Bus 6021, making all remaining stops on the route.

During this period, Amtrak personnel will be available at Mineola to assist passengers.

We appreciate your patronage and apologize for any inconvenience you may experience. Reservations and information is available on Amtrak.com, our free mobile apps, at Amtrak staffed stations and at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

Thank you for traveling with Amtrak.

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<![CDATA[Walk-Up Checked Bike Service Begins Aboard the Pere Marquette]]> Effective May 6, 2016

Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation will offer walk-up checked bike service aboard the Pere Marquette at the Chicago, St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, Holland and Grand Rapids stations for only $10, starting May 6, 2016.

Reservations Required

Bicycle reservations are required and bike tickets must be presented to the conductor when boarding the train. Passengers can reserve space for their bikes by selecting "add bike" when they book their train travel on Amtrak.com, by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) and at Amtrak ticket offices. Passengers can also make reservations at the Chicago ticket office and at Quik-Trak ticketing kiosks at Chicago, St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, Holland and Grand Rapids. Bike reservations cannot be made through Amtrak mobile apps. Only one bike is permitted per person.

Passengers will be provided a bike tag by station employees in Chicago and by the train crew at St. Joseph-Benton, Harbor, Holland and Grand Rapids. Passenger must present their bike tag at the baggage car to retrieve their bike from the train crew at their destination.

Arrive Early

Passengers checking bikes must arrive 30 minutes prior to train departure to allow sufficient time to obtain their ticket and baggage tag, and to get their bike to the baggage car.

Eligible Bikes

Only standard size bikes will be permitted. Large seat/saddle bags must be removed from the bikes. These items can be carried on the train and will count as a carry-on item.

Loading Bikes

Passengers must be physically capable of lifting their bike up to shoulder height to an employee standing in the baggage car. Passengers are not permitted in this car. Amtrak personnel will store and secure the bike to the bike racks.

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Thank you for choosing Amtrak.

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<![CDATA[Wolverine Service Summer Schedules Begin]]> Effective April 25 - September 23, 2016

Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation have modified Wolverine Service schedules from April 25 through September 23 to accommodate track and signal work to result in improved reliability, a smoother ride and an expansion of the Midwest's first 110 mph Amtrak service.

While all Wolverine trains will operate on adjusted schedules, the largest change affects the schedule of Trains 352 and 353, which will operate across the full Pontiac-Chicago route on Sundays only. There will be two Wolverine round-trips Monday-through-Saturday between Battle Creek and Pontiac during this period.

Normal service levels of three Wolverine round-trips between Battle Creek and Chicago are maintained. There are no significant changes to the Port Huron-East Lansing-Chicago Blue Water (which also serves Battle Creek and Kalamazoo) or the Grand Rapids-Chicago Pere Marquette schedules.

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.

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