Posts Tagged ‘Ottumwa Iowa’

Ticket Offices Closing Being Posted

May 14, 2018

Amtrak is starting to roll out the notices of ticket office closing. At none of the five ticket offices set to close will checked baggage continue to be available.

The office in Texarkana, Arkansas-Texas, will close on May 16. Offices in Fort Madison, Iowa, and Garden City, Kansas, will close on May 17. The office in Ottumwa, Iowa, will close on May 18 while the office in Topeka, Kansas, will be shuttered on May 19.

In all cities the station waiting room will continue to be open at train time, typically 30 minutes before a train’s arrival. The waiting room will remain open for two hours.

However, in Garden City, the waiting room will be open from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said that personnel on the train will assist customers boarding and detraining.

Fort Madison, Topeka and Garden City are on the route of the Southwest Chief, Ottumwa is on the route of the California Zephyr and Texarkana is served by the Texas Eagle.

Ottumwa Wants Amtrak Station Renovations

June 17, 2016

The desires of public officials in Ottumwa, Iowa, to give their city’s Amtrak station a facelift have been stymied by bureaucratic red tape.

In particular, they would to apply a coat of paint to what remains of the station’s umbrella sheds to make the platform look better.

Amtrak 4Although Amtrak officials agree the station used by the California Zephyr could use an upgrade, the tracks serving the facility are owned by BNSF and they have yet to give their approval to the project.

Not only that, but it would also be a costly project.

The proposal is for the metalwork on the platform to be cut down and the platform rebuilt.

Amtrak has told the city it would see to it that the work gets done, but said the station renovation project would cost $2.4 million and not begin until late 2017.

In the meantime, the city would like to at least see the metal framework painted white. But even that would require approval of BNSF and assignment of a flagger during the hours when the painting is being done.

The city has offered to do the painting.