Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak’s Lincoln Service’

Wolverines Get New Schedules

July 11, 2018

Amtrak has changed the schedules of some Wolverine Service trains in an effort to improve their connections with other Midwest trains. The changes are effective July 16.

Train 352 will operate 45 minutes later to allow new connections from Trains 300 (Lincoln Service) and 334 (Hiawatha Service).

Train 353 will operate 45 minutes earlier to allow new connections to Train 393 (Illini).

Train 355 will also begin operating 15 minutes later.

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Pets Can Now Ride Chicago-St. Louis

July 11, 2018

Pets are now being allowed aboard Amtrak trains in the Chicago-St. Louis corridor.

This includes all Lincoln Service trains and the Texas Eagle.

In a news release, Amtrak, said all of its Midwest routes now allow pets onboard subject to their owners meeting certain rules.

Dogs and cats weighing up to 20 pounds can be transported if they are placed beneath a passenger’s seat.

Reservations are required as well as payment of a $25 fee for the pet.

Pets are only allowed for trips that take no more than seven hours.
Amtrak began carrying pets aboard some trains in 2014 and has since transported more than 5,600 pets on state sponsored trains terminating or originating in Chicago.

Excursion Being Offered From Alton

May 30, 2018

The American Association of Railroaders is sponsoring trips on June 2 from Alton to Carlinville, Illinois, and return.

The outbound trip will be aboard an Amtrak Lincoln Service train that will depart from the Alton Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Center at 3:30 p.m.

Passengers will return to Alton at 6:30 p.m. aboard the Texas Eagle. During the layover in Carlinville, passengers will be able to get something to eat at one of the two fast food restaurants located a block from the station.

AAR President Rich Eichhorst will offer commentary en route, and railroad souvenirs will be available for purchase.

Non-refundable fares are $35 for adults and $29 for children age 11 and younger.

Chicago-St. Louis Route Rebuilding Nearly Complete

May 25, 2018

The Illinois Department of Transportation says that rebuilding of the Chicago-St. Louis corridor is substantially complete.

“The remaining work primarily [is] focused on the installation of fencing in Springfield and at the southern end of the corridor; crossing improvements in Springfield; and the completion of the Kankakee River Bridge in Wilmington,” said Guy Tridgell, an IDOT director of communications based in Chicago.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the current top speed of the Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle trains on the route is still 79 p.m. although that is expected to increase to 90 mph by the end of the year.

“We had a section of 110 mph but it was not meant to be permanent,” he said referring to a stretch between Pontiac and Dwight. “The system is being installed, not just to be faster, but more reliable.”

Alton Seeks Developers for Station Area

May 12, 2018

Alton, Illinois, officials continue to talk with developers about their ideas to develop the area bordering the Amtrak station.

Two developers have proposed mixed use plans with the only variation being the mix of tenants they would seek to attract to the proposed Wadlow Town Center.

“We are still talking with a couple entities; we still are talking about the nature of what they want to do with the property,” said Greg Caffey, Alton director of development and housing. “Both parties are large developers in the St. Louis area. They have a very strong interest in this, it is just a matter of time.”

The Alton Amtrak station is located on the former 55-acre Robert P. Wadlow Municipal Golf Course.

It opened last year and replaced a station built by the Chicago & Alton Railroad decades ago on College Avenue. That station has since been razed.

Alton officials had originally issued a request for proposals to develop Waldlow Town Center and set a March 1 deadline, but received no proposals by then or a revised deadline of March 31.

Caffey said the city remains open to ideas and proposals to develop the 35.87 acres west, northwest, southwest and south of the Alton Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Center that is used by Amtrak and Madison County Transit buses.

Amtrak’s Chicago-St. Louis Lincoln Service trains and its Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle stop in Alton.

“We’re in no rush; we want what is in the best interest for the site and for the community,” Caffey said. “We want a quality development for the community.”

Alton Mayor Brant Walker envisions a retail and casual dining district that would not cannibalize what exists in Alton and Godfrey.

“The city desires that the property be developed in accordance with transit-oriented design principals and meets the requirements of the city’s Mixed Use Transportation zoning classification,” the city said in its request for proposals.

The request did not suggest types or sizes of businesses that officials would like a developer to bring to the site.

Limited Parking in Springfield

April 30, 2018

Construction work in Springfield, Illinois, has resulted in limited parking availability at the Amtrak station through May 3.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said the station parking lot may be closed at times. The work is connected with the Illinois Department of Transportation High Speed Rail Project.

Amtrak is advising passengers to be dropped off or picked up if possible rather than leaving their vehicle at the station.

Alternative parking is available in the City of Springfield’s parking garage at Fourth Street and Washington Street (immediately south of the station) for $5 a day. Metered street parking is also available along Washington Street, Fourth Street and Jefferson Street. Metered spaces are free after 5 pm Friday until 7 am Monday.

Long term parking passes can be obtained in advance for the surface parking lot at the southeast corner of Fourth and Washington by contacting Springfield Downtown Parking, Inc at 217-522-2712.

Taxi, mass transit and ride-share services are also available to and from the station, which is served by Amtrak’s Chicago-St. Louis Lincoln Service trains and the Texas Eagle.

Track Work to Affect Lincoln Service, Texas Eagle

April 30, 2018

Track work being performed on May 4 by Union Pacific will affect certain Lincoln Service trains and the Texas Eagle between Chicago and St. Louis.

Train 300 will be cancelled with no alternate transportation provided. Train 302 will be canceled with bus service being provided to intermediate stops in Illinois at Alton, Carlinville, Springfield, Lincoln, Bloomington-Normal, Pontiac, Dwight, Joliet and Summit.

Bus 5002 will make limited intermediate stops at Alton, Springfield, Bloomington-Normal and Joliet.

Trains 301 and 303 will be cancelled. Alternate transportation will be provided for missed stops will be as follows

Bus 3301 will make all stops for Train 301 at Joliet, Pontiac, Bloomington-Normal, Springfield and Alton. Bus 3303 will make all stops for Train 303 at Summit, Joliet, Dwight, Pontiac, Bloomington-Normal, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville and Alton. Bus 5003 will make limited intermediate stops at Joliet, Bloomington-Normal, Springfield and Alton.

The Texas Eagle will detour between Chicago and St. Louis and miss all scheduled intermediate stops. Passengers traveling to points other than intermediate stations in Illinois will remain on the train.

No alternative transportation is being provided to the missed intermediate stations in Illinois. However, passengers for those points will be able to ride Lincoln Service trains or buses.

Nos. 21 and 22 may experience up to an hour of delay on the detour route. Buses may arrive or depart stations earlier than the train schedule.

 

Both Platforms in Use in Normal

April 11, 2018

Amtrak trains are now using both platforms at the Normal, Illinois, station , which also serves Bloomington.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said passengers should arrive at the station at least 45 minutes before their departures to ensure they have time to listen for announcements and use passenger information displays to direct them to the correct platform for Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle trains.

New Joliet Station Opens

April 11, 2018

The Joliet Gateway Center will open today in Joliet, Illinois, serving Amtrak and Metra trains.

Development of the facility began in 2010 and the Chicago suburb has been without a train station since Union Station closed in September 2014.

Amtrak and Metra have been using trailers and passengers have boarded trains from temporary platforms.

As part of the opening, passengers were offered complimentary coffee and donuts in the main lobby.

Lack of funding halted plans to include a bus station as part of the facility, which was initiated projected to cost $42 million but actually wound up costing $51 million.

The facility is used by Metra’s Rock Island and Heritage corridors as well as Amtrak’s Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle trains.

Texas Eagle Detouring Again

April 3, 2018

Union  Pacific track work again has the Texas Eagle detouring in Illinois and has disrupted some Lincoln Service trains through April 5.

Lincoln Service trains are operating only between Chicago and Normal, Illinois, with alternate transportation being provided to missed stops at Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville, Alton and St. Louis.

Amtrak said that St. Louis to Normal buses will operate earlier than the train schedule at St. Louis, Alton, Carlinville, Springfield and Lincoln.

Normal to St. Louis buses will operate later than the train schedule at Bloomington, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville and Alton.

The Texas Eagle will detour in both directions between Chicago and St. Louis via a former Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad route via Tuscola, Illinois.

Nos. 21 and 22 will miss all intermediate stops at Joliet, Pontiac, Bloomington-Normal, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville and Alton.

No alternate transportation is provided southbound. Instead, passengers are being referred to Lincoln Service trains and substitute buses.

However, northbound Texas Eagle passengers traveling to points in Illinois will be able to detrain in St. Louis and transfer to Bus 3022.

Amtrak said in a service advisory that Nos. 21 and 22 may be delayed up to 60 minutes by the detour move.