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BNSF Derailment Disrupts Illinois Zephyr

November 20, 2019

A BNSF derailment on Tuesday prevented the eastbound Illinois Zephyr from leaving Quincy, Illinois.

The derailment in West Quincy, Missouri, blocked the route the train takes when ferrying from the BNSF yard where the equipment spends the night to the Quincy Amtrak station.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said passengers who had been ticketed to ride Train No. 380 were instead put aboard chartered buses.

He said the buses could not make the same time as the train and passengers would experience delays.

The derailment occurred about 5:30 a.m. and involved 12 cars leaving the tracks, five of them turning over onto their sides.

No hazardous material was involved in the derailment.

The Illinois Zephyr returned to normal operations Tuesday evening.

Finding Ride to Quincy Station Might Be Tough

September 11, 2019

If you’re traveling on Amtrak to Quincy, Illinois, you might have a difficult time finding public transportation to and from the station.

The city’s only cab company recently ceased operating there and although riding sharing service Lyft operates in Quincy, local officials say that early in the morning when the Illinois Zephyr departs for Chicago and late at night when it returns there are few Lyft drivers chasing fares.

“I think that you’ll see the market react to those conditions,” said Mayor Kyle Moore.

“Where there’s Lyft drivers who don’t feel comfortable driving at night but they do want drive in the morning, so I think that if they think they’re going to be busy at those times they’ll probably be online. And you see that also with the way that they respond to Amtrak service where you’ll have you know Lyft drivers that are aware of when the Amtrak comes in they’ll be available and close by.”

Staff members of Quincy hotels have picked up some of the slack by driving their guests to and from the station, but one hotel general manager doesn’t see that as a long-term solution.

The general manager of one hotel said that her business tries to arrange Lyft rides but if that fails she has driven guests to the station.

“I’m not saying it’s an inconvenience by any stretch of the means I’m happy to do it,” she said. “But people aren’t always comfortable with that. [I]’s definitely not the best solution.”

Moore said the city is open to a new cab company, but proper paperwork must be filed to abide by city rules.

Quincy is also served by the Carl Sandburg, but it arrives and departs during daylight hours.

Quincy Station Platform Improved

March 29, 2019

Workers have finished raising the height and width of the boarding platform at the Amtrak station in Quincy, Illinois.

The higher platforms will mean that step boxes will no longer be needed to board or detrain.

The project also involved extending the length of the platform, installing new lighting on the platform and creating a structure for the handicap lift.

Amtrak has said future improvements will include improvements to the parking lot.

The station was built in 1985 and serves the Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg, both of which operate between Chicago and Quincy.

The station is open daily between 5:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.