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No Extra Amtrak Service to Michigan for Thanksgiving

November 1, 2019

Think Thanksgiving and images of turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie come to mind along with football games on TV and extra Amtrak trains to Michigan.

Well, you can scratch the latter from this year’s list of Thanksgiving traditions.

Amtrak will not be operating extra service to Michigan this year as it has in recent years.

The carrier said this week that rather than operate additional trains on its Pere Marquette (Chicago-Grand Rapids) and Wolverine Service (Chicago-Detroit) routes, it will instead assign additional coaches to existing trains.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told Trains magazine that Amtrak made the decision to scrap the extra trains after reviewing ridership data from last year that found travel demand is spread out more evenly across more days than it has been previously.

The passenger carrier also decided to drop additional holiday service to Michigan because of poor on-time performance on host railroad Norfolk Southern in Chicago and northwest Indiana.

NS freight train interference accounted for 58 percent of the 20,143 delay minutes incurred by Amtrak trains traveling on the NS Chicago Line between Chicago and Porter, Indiana, where the routes to Michigan peel off.

About a quarter of the delays have been incurred by Wolverine Service No. 352, which departs Chicago at 1:20 p.m.

“If we try to put additional trains on those tracks and delays occur, this could have a cascading effect delaying outbound trains because inbound equipment didn’t arrive on time,” Magliari said.

So Amtrak will add an additional coach to all Wolverine Service trains operating between Nov. 27 and Dec. 1.

Other trains operating before and after that time period will also gain additional coaches.

Amtrak plans to add a coach to two Lincoln Service between Chicago and St. Louis round-trips, the Chicago-Carbondale, Illinois, Illini, and all Chicago-Quincy, Illinois, trains.

Extra trains will operate between Chicago and Quincy, and Chicago and Normal-Bloomington, Illinois, on Nov. 27 and Dec. 1.

But falling by the wayside are the additional Chicago-Holland, Michigan, and Chicago-Ann Arbor, Michigan, Thanksgiving holiday trains.

Extra Midwest Trains Set for Thanksgiving Travel

November 15, 2018

Amtrak will operate additional trains in the Midwest between Nov. 20-25 to accommodate an expected surge of Thanksgiving holiday travelers.

Other Midwest corridor trains are expected to operate with increased capacity.

During the holiday travel period, reservations will be required for travel aboard the Chicago-Milwaukee Hiawatha Service trains.

Holders of monthly or 10-ride tickets are exempt from the reservations requirement, but seating is not guarantee.

On the Wolverine Service corridor, additional trains will operate on Nov. 21, 24 and 25 between Chicago and Ann Arbor, Michigan, with intermediate stops in the Michigan cities of New Buffalo, Niles, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Jackson.

Extra No. 356 will depart Chicago at 9 a.m. and is scheduled to arrive in Ann Arbor at 2:25 p.m. It will depart Ann Arbor at 4:28 p.m. and is scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 8:04 p.m.

On the Pere Marquette route, extra No. 372 is scheduled to depart Chicago at 10 a.m. and arrive in Holland, Michigan, at 2:11 p.m. with intermediate stops in St. Joseph and Bangor, Michigan.

No. 373 is scheduled to depart Holland at 3:10 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 5:27 p.m. These trains will operate on Nov. 21 and 25.

An extra section of the Carl Sandburg will operate between Chicago and Quincy, Illinois, on Nov. 21 and 25.

No. 385 is scheduled to depart Chicago at 11:30 a.m. and make all scheduled intermediate stops en route to Quincy, where it is set to arrive at 3:53 p.m.

No. 384 is scheduled to depart Quincy at 1 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 5:22 p.m.

On the Chicago-St. Louis corridor, extra Lincoln Service trains will operate between Chicago and Normal, Illinois, on Nov. 21 and 25.

Extra No. 309 is scheduled to depart Chicago at 10:30 a.m. and make all scheduled intermediate stops en route to Normal-Bloomington, where it is set to arrive at 12:58 p.m.

No. 308 is set to depart Normal at 1:15 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 3:41 p.m.

Extra Pere Marquettes Set for Golf Tourney

April 11, 2018

Amtrak will operate extra sections of the Pere Marquette to St. Joseph, Michigan on May 26 to accommodate passengers traveling to the Senior PGA Golf Tournament being held that day.

Trains 377 and 378 will operate between Chicago and St. Joseph, stopping at Graham Road, which is walking distance to the golf course.

The trains will also stop at the Amtrak station for Hammond-Whiting, Indiana.

Train 371 will make an extra station stop at Hammond-Whiting to accommodate passengers wishing to stay overnight after golf tournament and return to the Chicago area the next day.

Extra Trains for Holland Tulip Festival

April 4, 2018

The Michigan Department of Transportation is sponsoring additional Pere Marquette service in May to a tulip festival in Holland, Michigan.

Amtrak will operate extra trains on May 5 and 12 departing Chicago Union Station at 7:05 a.m. and returning at 8:24 p.m. The schedule is set up to allow a day trip to the Tulip Time Festival.

The extra train to Holland will stop at Hammond-Whiting, Indiana, at 7:30 a.m., and make intermediate stops in St. Joseph and Bangor before arriving in Holland at 11:29 a.m.

The return trip to Chicago will leave Holland at 5:50 p.m. The trains will operate as Nos. 374 and 375.

In a news release, MDOT said the festival has been heralded as America’s “Best Flower Festival” and “America’s Best Small-Town Festival,” with more than 5 million tulips in bloom.

Fares on the extra service will range between $26 and $48 each way.

All regular Pere Marquette trains also will stop at Hammond-Whiting on May 5, 6, 12 and 13.

Extra Trains Set for Thanksgiving Travel Period

October 19, 2016

Amtrak said it will offer extra trains between Chicago and points in Illinois and Michigan during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period.

Amtrak logoIn Illinois, the additional trains will operate between Chicago and Bloomington-Normal, and Chicago and Quincy. All of these trains will operate on Wednesday, Nov. Nov. 23, and Sunday, Nov. 27.

In Michigan, extra trains will operate between Chicago and Ann Arbor on Nov. 23, 26 and 27. Extra trains will also operate between Chicago and Holland on Nov. 23 and 27.

Train No. 309 will depart Chicago at 10:30 a.m. and arrive in Bloomington-Normal at 12:58 p.m., making all intermediate stops served by Lincoln Service trains.

No. 308 will depart Bloomington-Normal at 1:15 p.m. and is scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 3:39 p.m.

Train No. 385 will depart Chicago at 11:30 a.m. and arrive in Quincy at 3:53 p.m.

No. 384 will depart Quincy at 1 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 5:23 p.m. The Chicago-Quincy trains will operate as Carl Sandburg Extra service.

Some regularly scheduled trains will have altered schedules during the holiday period. Lincoln Service train 301 will depart Chicago at 7:30 a.m., a half-hour later than normal, on Nov. 23 and 27.

Lincoln Service train 300 will depart St. Louis on Nov. 23 and 27 at 4 a.m., a half-hour earlier than normal.

Illinois Zephyr No. 383 will depart Chicago on Nov. 23 and 27 at 6:15 p.m., which is 20 minutes later than normal.

In Michigan, the Wolverine Service Extra trains will depart Chicago at 9:30 a.m. and arrive in Ann Arbor at 3:10 p.m., operating as No. 356. Intermediate stops will be made at New Buffalo, Niles, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Jackson.

No. 359 will depart Ann Arbor at 4:05 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 7:47 p.m., making the same intermediate stops as No. 356.

There will no change in schedules for other Wolverine Service trains between Chicago and Detroit (Pontiac).

The Pere Marquette Extra will depart Chicago at 10 a.m., operating as No. 372, and arrive in Holland at 2:11 p.m. It will make all intermediate stops also served by the regular Pere Marquette. No. 373 will depart Holland at 3:10 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 5:27 p.m.

There will be no change in the schedule of the daily Pere Marquette.

Amtrak said that during the holiday travel period it will operate every available passenger car in its fleet.

Extra Illinois Trains Added for Holiday

November 13, 2015

Amtrak announced today (Nov. 13) that it will operate eight extra trains between Chicago and downstate Illinois for the 2015 Thanksgiving travel period. Three other trains will operate on modified schedules on the heaviest holiday travel days.

Extra Lincoln Service trains will operate between Chicago and Bloomington/Normal on Wednesday (Nov. 25) and Sunday (Nov. 29)

No. 309 will depart Chicago at 10:30 a.m. and arrive in Bloomington/Normal at 12:58 p.m. with intermediate stops at Summit, Joliet, Dwight and Pontiac.

No. 308 will depart Bloomington/Normal at 1:15 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 3:39 p.m., making the same intermediate stops as Train No. 309.

Lincoln Service train No. 300 will depart St. Louis 35 minutes earlier on Nov. 25 and 29 en route to Chicago.

The scheduled departure time for No. 300 is 4:35 a.m. but on Wednesday and Sunday it will depart at 4 a.m. The Chicago arrival time will be 9:25 a.m.

No. 301 will depart from Chicago 30 minutes later on Wednesday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m, with a scheduled St. Louis arrival time of 12:40 p.m.

Extra Carl Sandburg service will operate on Nov. 25 and 29. No. 385 will depart Chicago at 11:30 a.m. and make all regular stops en route to Quincy, Illinois, where it is scheduled to arrive at 3:53 p.m.

No. 384 will depart Quincy at 1 p.m. on Nov. 25 and 29 and is scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 5:23 p.m.

Intermediate stops served by Nos. 384 and 385 include LaGrange Road, Naperville, Plano, Mendota, Princeton, Kewanee, Galesburg and Macomb.

The Illinois Zephyr will operate from Quincy to Chicago on a later schedule on Nov. 25 and 29. No. 383 will depart Chicago at 6:15 p.m. and arrive in Quincy at 10:38 p.m.

The schedule of the Illinois Zephyr from Quincy to Chicago will not change during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

Amtrak said that it will operate every available passenger rail car in its fleet during the Thanksgiving period.

In 2014, Amtrak carried a record 772,211 passengers during the Thanksgiving travel period, the most ever for the holiday. The railroad said in a news release that it expects similar passenger counts this year.

The busiest travel days are the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday. Other than Thanksgiving Day, morning trains typically have more available seats than those in the afternoon or evening.

Amtrak Adds Michigan Thanksgiving Trains

November 6, 2015

In cooperation with the Michigan Department of Transportation, Amtrak is adding additional trains on two of its three Michigan corridors.

Wolverine Extra No. 356 will depart Chicago at 9:30 a.m. and make intermediate stops in Michigan at New Buffalo, Niles, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Jackson before arriving in Ann Arbor at 3:14 p.m.

The equipment will turn and become Wolverine Extra No. 359 at 4:05 p.m. to Chicago with the same intermediate stops as No. 356. No. 359 is scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 7:50 p.m.

Nos. 356 and 359 will operate on Nov. 25, 28 and 29.

An extra section of the Pere Marquette will operate on Nov. 25 and 29 between Chicago and Holland, Michigan.

No. 372 will depart Chicago at 10 a.m. and make intermediate stops in St. Joseph and Bangor before arriving in Holland at 2:11 p.m.

The equipment will turn and depart Holland at 3:10 p.m., making the same intermediate stops before arriving back in Chicago at 5:27 p.m.

Amtrak is encouraging passengers to plan for Thanksgiving travel and book their reservations now in order to obtain the best availability and pricing.

The travel days that are most likely to sell out are the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday.

Other than on Thanksgiving Day, morning trains typically have more available seats than those in the afternoon and evening.

Extra Wolverine Sections Added for Holidays

December 17, 2013

Amtrak announced on Tuesday that it will offer extra sections of the Chicago-Detroit Wolverine service to handle expected holiday travelers between Dec. 22 and Jan. 3.

No. 356 will depart Chicago Union Station at 9:20 a.m. and is scheduled to arrive in Ann Arbor at 3 p.m. after making stops at New Buffalo, Niles, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Jackson, Mich.

The equipment will return as No. 359, departing Ann Arbor at 4:05 p.m., with a scheduled 7:45 p.m. arrival in Chicago. No. 359 will make the same intermediate stops as No. 356.

Nos. 356/359 will operates on Dec. 22, 26, 27, 29 and 31, and on Jan. 1 and 3.

Amtrak will continue to operate three daily roundtrips between Chicago and Detroit (Pontiac) as scheduled during the same period.

Extra Section of Pere Marquette Set for Dec. 1

November 15, 2013

Amtrak will operate an extra section of the Pere Marquette to accommodate Thanksgiving travelers on Sunday, Dec. 1.

No. 372 will depart Chicago Union Station at 10 a.m. and arrive in Holland, Mich., at 2:08 p.m. The equipment will turn and depart as No. 373 at 3:10 p.m. and arrive in Chicago at 5:22 p.m.

Nos. 370/371, the daily Pere Marquette between Chicago and Grand Rapids, Mich., will operate on an altered schedule on Dec. 1.

No. 371 will depart Grand Rapids at 6 a.m. and arrive in Chicago at 8:58 a.m. No. 370 will depart Chicago at 6:30 p.m. and arrive in Grand Rapids at 8:58 a.m.

The Pere Marquette is partially funded by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Amtrak said the Thanksgiving  holiday period is its busiest travel week of the year and to accommodate the expected surge of riders it will operate every available passenger rail car in its fleet and is scheduling extra trains and adding capacity on other routes.