Grand Canyon Shuttle Ends at Williams Junction

Shuttle service between the Amtrak station at Williams Junction, Arizona, and the Grand Canyon ended with the coming of 2018.

The company providing the shuttle said it ended the service because it was becoming too much of a burden to offer, citing wear and tear on its vans due to the rough roads leading to the station.

Xanterra Parks and Resorts decided last year to stop the free shuttle service at Williams Junction.

Company spokesman Bruce Brossman said Amtrak’s inconsistent performance meant that passengers who arrived late at night or before dawn lingered in the hotel lobby at the Grand Canyon, which made guests and staff uncomfortable.

“We really think that it’s going to be a better experience for the train passengers to go to a real train depot in Flagstaff,” Brossman said.

Trace Ward, director of the Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the city has been working with Amtrak to let passengers know what’s open around their scheduled arrivals and departures.

Both Williams Junction and Flagstaff are served by the Chicago-Los Angeles Southwest Chief.

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