Williams Junction Shuttle to End

Grand Canyon Railway will discontinue its shuttle service to the Amtrak station at Williams Junction, Arizona, on Jan. 1, 2018.

The tourist railroad provides the only shuttle service between the stop for the Chicago-Los Angeles Southwest Chief and the town of Williams.

Bruce Brossman, director of sales and marketing for Grand Canyon Railway, said the shuttle service is not conducive to the operation of the railway.

The Amtrak station is located in an isolated area three miles out of town.

The eastbound Chief is scheduled to arrive at Williams Junction at 3:50 a.m. and the shuttle takes detraining passengers to the lobby of the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel.

The train to the Grand Canyon leaves at 9:30 a.m. “The conflicts have become too much,” he said. “We have people sleeping in our lobby, disrupting our guests and making our employees nervous.”

Brossman said another factor in ending the shuttle service is that train arrivals and departures have become unpredictable and van drivers must be on call at night.

“There was a lot of labor involved,” Brossman said. “We had to hire CDL drivers and deal with wear and tear on the vehicles.”

He recommended that passengers traveling to Williams to ride the Grand Canyon Railway disembark at the Amtrak station in Flagstaff station where they can take a shuttle to Williams.

“Their depot is open 24-hours a day and there are restaurants in town open later than we are,” he said. “It’s only 25 minutes or so to Williams where they can pick up the train to the Grand Canyon. They can then return to Williams and take a shuttle back.”

Grand Canyon Railway still plans to work with Amtrak Vacations and Yankee Holidays where customers can purchase travel packages.

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