Some Amtrak Stations Being Affected by Pandemic

Several Amtrak stations across the system are also seeing reduced hours or being closed for some or all train arrivals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Service advisories posted on the Amtrak website said the changes are until further notice.

The Ann Arbor, Michigan, station will see its hours reduced to 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.

The waiting rooms of the stations in Washington State at Bingen-White Salmon and Wishram station waiting rooms are closed but trains will continue to stop at both stations and passengers will have access to platforms.

The Metropolitan Lounge at Chicago Union Station is no longer being staffed.

Passengers may still use the lounge but will not receive coffee, hot water or fountain beverages. Amtrak said regular and diet soda will be available by request at the front desk.

However, given that the station is not being staff it is unclear who will be providing those beverages to passengers.

Other stations at which the waiting room is now closed but access to the boarding platforms is being maintained include Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; Kirkwood, Missouri; Lawrence, Kansas; Dodge City, Kansas; Lincoln, Nebraska; Burlington, Iowa; Kalamazoo, Michigan; East Lansing, Michigan; Princeton, Illinois; and Plano, Illinois;

The station hours at Grand Junction, Colorado, have been reduced to two hours before the arrival of the California Zephyr.

Ticketed passengers and those wishing to purchase cashless tickets will have access to the inside of the station but friends and family picking up arriving passengers are not permitted in the station and are being asked to wait in their vehicles.

A similar practice has been instituted for Southwest Chief passengers using the station in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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