Starting Sept. 6, bicycles will be accepted aboard the Amtrak Blue Water (Trains 364 & 365), a service sponsored by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) that operates daily between Port Huron and Chicago via East Lansing and Kalamazoo.
AmtrakConnect® cellular-based Wi-Fi service is coming to Amtrak trains in Michigan, with the state becoming the first in the Midwest to bring this amenity to all its rail passengers. The state’s Transportation Commission approved the contract last week.
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, Amtrak is honoring A. Philip Randolph, a leader of the civil rights march, and who formed the first African-American labor union for Pullman Porters.
Amtrak invites passengers to experience the splendor of fall aboard the inaugural “Autumn Express.” Tickets are now on sale for this one-day-only special train, which departs from and returns to Philadelphia 30th Street Station on Saturday, Nov. 2, and affords scenic views of historic railroad sites throughout Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Powered by a specially painted locomotive celebrating veterans and showcasing the past, present and future of America’s Railroad®, the Amtrak Exhibit Train will be open to free tours this weekend at the Amtrak station in Burlington, Iowa. Other exhibits on station platforms also will educate and entertain visitors about depot improvement plans and railroading.
Amtrak will continue work this summer and fall on several upgrades at Philadelphia 30th Street Station to improve the passenger experience, tend to the long-term infrastructure needs of the nearly 100 year-old building and improve pedestrian mobility in and around the facility. The projects represent about a $35 million investment.
Amtrak will designate a Quiet Car® on weekday Wolverine Service trains between Chicago and Michigan starting August 19. The Michigan Department of Transportation supports this service enhancement in response to its popularity on other routes elsewhere in the Amtrak national network.
The return of passenger rail to Roanoke is a result of passage this year of Virginia’s first major transportation funding plan in nearly three decades.