Passengers riding Amtrak Illinois Zephyr trains between Chicago and Quincy will have a unique opportunity this fall to view the change of seasons when the historic “Great Dome” rail car is part of Trains 380 and 383 from Nov. 5 to Nov. 22.
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 for free tours during the 31st annual Seaboard Festival in Hamlet, N.C., on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Production of the first units of new Amtrak long distance passenger rail cars is nearing completion and they are expected to begin field testing this winter. The cars are being built by CAF USA at its facility in Elmira, N.Y., which hired more than 400 employees to perform the manufacturing and final assembly work.
Amtrak is the most convenient way to travel to this year’s North Carolina State Fair. Beginning Oct. 18 and continuing through Oct. 27, the Amtrak Carolinian will make a special stop near the entrance of the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh.
The Amtrak Police Department (APD) is launching a new method for passengers and employees to report suspicious activity, crime, or emergencies by introducing APD11 “Txt-a-Tip,” a program that allows contacting the Amtrak Police Department’s National Communications Center via SMS text messaging.
Amtrak has successfully negotiated contracts with 19 state transportation departments and other entities to increase state control and funding of 28 current passenger rail routes. America’s Railroad® is now poised to move forward with state partners to further expand and improve the intercity passenger rail network.
To thank the customers who ride America’s Railroad® and helped set a ridership record of 31.6 million passengers in Fiscal Year 2013, Amtrak is offering 31 percent off companion rail travel, allowing passengers to share the experience with family and friends.
Amtrak carried a record 31.6 million passengers in Fiscal Year 2013, delivering nationwide benefits, providing vital transportation services, advancing America’s economy and demonstrating the value and convenience of the national passenger rail network. It is the tenth ridership record in 11 years.