Posts Tagged ‘Cincinnati’

More Opposition to Cincinnati Ticket Office Closing

June 8, 2018

The Hamilton County transportation improvement board has passed a resolution urging that Amtrak keep its ticket office at Cincinnati Union Terminal.

However, the office closed on June 5. Cincinnati is served by Amtrak’s tri-weekly Chicago-Washington Cardinal. It serves about 11,000 passengers a year.

Amtrak has hired a caretaker to open and close the waiting room and assist passengers with their luggage and boarding.

Because of construction at CUT, Amtrak is using a temporary facility adjacent to the iconic station.

The Cardinal stops in Cincinnati in both directions in the dead of night. The city will be one of the large Amtrak stops in the county to lack a station ticket office.

Amtrak now has ticket offices in Ohio at Cleveland and Toledo.

Senators Protest Cincinnati Ticket Office Closing

June 2, 2018

Ohio Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman have written to Amtrak seeking to get it to reconsider its decision to close its ticket office in Cincinnati on June 5.

“We believe that destaffing Union Terminal now would be pennywise and pound-foolish, as the decision to cut services now would likely need to be reversed once the terminal is fully renovated and ridership increases,” the senators wrote in their joint letter.

The letter expressed concern that removing ticket agents would leave passengers, especially the elderly and those with disabilities, without appropriate levels of service for baggage check, ticket purchasing, and general passenger assistance.

Amtrak serves Cincinnati with its tri-weekly Chicago-Washington Cardinal.

Arcadia Valley Amtrak Station to Open Nov. 17; Cincinnati Temporary Facility Opens in December

November 5, 2016

A grand opening and ribbon cutting has been set for Nov. 17 at the new Arcadia Valley, Missouri, Amtrak station.

Amtrak 4The event will be held at 2 p.m., but the first train won’t arrive until 10:30 p.m. that night.

The station, located in Arcadia, Missouri, will be served by the Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle.

The new station features a new platform and station facilities, although it uses a former Missouri Pacific passenger depot.

In other Amtrak station news, the temporary Amtrak Station at Cincinnati Union Terminal is expected to begin operations in December.

Parking for passengers will be available on Kenner Street with access to the boarding platform being provided via a temporary structure that will lead to the current Amtrak platform. Arrangements are being made to assist handicapped passengers up the ramp.

CUT is being remodeled over the next couple of years but Amtrak’s Chicago-New York Cardinal will continue to stop there.

Cincy Boarding, Detraining Procedures Detailed

September 6, 2016

Access to the boarding platform at Cincinnati Union Terminal has changed due to a construction project that began in July and will extend through late 2018.

Amtrak CardinalAmtrak passengers will be escorted in groups through the construction area for the next two years. Passengers will not be permitted to enter the walkway to the waiting room unescorted.

Served by the tri-weekly Chicago-New York Cardinal, passengers boarding in Cincinnati are asked to wait in the lobby area to be escorted to the waiting room.

Amtrak recommends that passengers should arrive at CUT 45 minutes before their train departure time.

Detraining passengers will take an elevator, stairway or ramp to the waiting room where security personnel will escort them to the lobby to exit the station.

Cincinnati Interests View FRA Midwest Rail Study as Step Toward Daily Amtrak Service to Chicago

August 18, 2015

Cincinnati area rail advocates are hailing a pending Federal Railroad Administration study as a potential step toward daily Amtrak service to Chicago.

The FRA recently said it would conduct a $3 million study of rail passenger service in the Midwest and Southeast.

The study will cover Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and 10 others states.

At present, the only Amtrak service in southwestern Ohio is the tri-weekly Chicago-New York Cardinal.

No. 50 to New York passes through Cincinnati on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. No. 51 to Chicago serves the Queen City on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

In both instances, the trains are scheduled to arrive at Cincinnati Union Terminal between midnight and 4 a.m.

Derek Bauman is the southwest regional director for All Aboard Ohio, a statewide rail passenger advocacy group. He and other Cincinnati area residents have spent the past 15 lobbying for daily rail service to Chicago.

“It’s great news that the Midwest is being afforded these planning dollars,” he said.

Passenger advocates would like to see Cincinnati-Chicago service developed further, including making infrastructure improvements to reduce the current 7-hour running time.

“We haven’t seen anything like this come down the pike in some time — if ever,” Bauman said. “Being a part of this larger effort gives us here locally a great resource to lean on.”

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, a long-time advocate for bringing rail transit to the region, also views the the FRA’s plan a “real positive shot in the arm.”

“This funding makes the vision real,” Portune told WCPO-TV. “It tells us there is not only verbal support, but there is now financial support for doing the preliminary environmental work that’s needed for high-speed rail service between Cincinnati and Chicago.”

Portune also said that the pending planning process “communicates to the region, ‘Now is the time to get your act together.'”

Beyond a daily connection to Chicago, Portune said daily rail service out of the city center of Cincinnati could lead to other local transit options connecting Downtown to Hamilton’s County’s west side communities.

Bauman said All Aboard Ohio is seeking to development partnerships with local chambers of commerce, educational institutions, and other organizations soon to draft model plans to supplement the FRA’s study on a local level.

“It’s important for us as a region to stay in tune with what’s going on,” he said.

Rail passenger proponents are also working the city of Oxford and Miami University in a campaign to establish a stop of the Cardinal in Oxford, Ohio.