Union Pacific Railroad repairing flood-damaged Moffat Tunnel route
CHICAGO – The Union Pacific Railroad (UP) route used daily by the Amtrak California Zephyr is closed for repairs west of Denver through early October, following recent heavy rains and flooding. As a result, Amtrak will use an alternate route between Denver and Salt Lake City, effective Friday, Sept. 20, and until further notice.
Passengers traveling between Chicago and Denver or between Salt Lake City and the San Francisco Bay will be unaffected by the detour. Amtrak will provide alternate transportation by chartered buses for these missed stops: Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction, Colo., and Green River, Helper and Provo, Utah. Local conditions prevent Amtrak from providing alternate transportation to Fraser-Winter Park and Granby, Colo.
Passengers already ticketed to those stations are being told of the alternate transportation or temporary service suspensions. They will be offered refunds or travel on a future date. Amtrak apologizes for any inconvenience and has notified the affected communities.
The detour will follow a portion of the original transcontinental UP route completed in 1869. While the scenery is less mountainous than the California Zephyr’s regular routing through the Moffat Tunnel, it offers broad vistas of the high plains and an opportunity to see pronghorn antelope and other wildlife. No public stops will be made on the detour route in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah.
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