Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo, along with representatives of the Missouri Department of Transportation, Union Pacific Railroad, Amtrak and contractor OCCI, Inc. today officially opened a new $28 million 1,200- foot railroad bridge across the Osage River – ahead of schedule and under budget.
Amtrak, Caltrans and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) are adding 5,500 seats to the San Joaquin, Pacific Surfliner and Capitol Corridor routes to accommodate more Thanksgiving travelers.
With a freshly-renovated and repainted waiting room, newly installed heating system on the passenger concourse, modified vehicle traffic pattern and customized train schedule with more travel options, the Lancaster Amtrak station is ready for the busy holiday season.
Amtrak has a limited number of seats still available on Northeast Corridor trains for Thanksgiving travelers looking to avoid highway traffic and potential weather delays at airports.
Amtrak, SEPTA and NJ Transit passengers traveling through 30th Street Station during the busy holiday season will once again be able to access the 30th Street side of the iconic building via a newly-reconstructed West Plaza. The plaza re-opens on Friday, November 22 and features additional bike racks, expanded parking and new outdoor seating options, among other improvements.
Thanksgiving is the busiest travel period of the year for Amtrak and America’s Railroad® is prepared to accommodate additional passengers with extra capacity and trains scheduled in the Northeast Corridor, the Chicago hub, the Pacific Northwest and in California.
A university student from Oklahoma City was identified today as representative of the one-million passengers who have ridden the Amtrak Heartland Flyer route in Oklahoma and Texas since 1999.
Amtrak Cascades will offer additional direct Cascades Thruway Motorcoach service from the University of Oregon – Eugene to Portland Union Station on Wednesday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Dec. 1, two of the busiest travel days during Thanksgiving week.
Passengers riding Amtrak trains between Chicago and Milwaukee or St. Louis will have an opportunity this Thanksgiving Week to view the change of seasons when the historic “Great Dome” rail car is part of selected Amtrak Hiawatha Service and Lincoln Service trains from Nov. 25 to Dec. 1.
In further anticipation of its busiest travel season, Amtrak is adding another round-trip to and from Holland, Mich., on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.