Waiting Room Hours Expand in Alton

Amtrak has expanded the hours that the waiting room is open at its station in Alton, Illinois.

The waiting room in the Alton Regional Multimodal Transportation center will now be open until 7 p.m. Previously, it had closed at 4:30 p.m.

Passengers were still able to board trains after the waiting room closed, but often had to stand in the cold if they were waiting for the last train of the day to Chicago.

The waiting room opens at 5 a.m. for the station that is served by Chicago-St. Louis Lincoln Service trains and the Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle.

Another change was the reinstatement of checked baggage and small package shipping service for the Texas Eagle riders.

Checked baggage had ended upon the closure of the College Avenue station more than a year ago.

The City of Alton has agreed to provide security for the station in the evenings.

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