November 5, 2013 Another Extra Helping of Amtrak Trains for Thanksgiving Weekend in Illinois

Marc Magliari

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Jae Miller

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Paris Ervin

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Additional Chicago-Bloomington/Normal round-trip on Dec. 1

CHICAGO – In anticipation of its busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak is adding another Illinois round-trip train originating at mid-day on Dec. 1, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Amtrak will offer an additional northbound and southbound frequency on the ChicagoBloomington/Normal segment of the Chicago-St. Louis corridor.

Ordinarily, Amtrak originates four daily Lincoln Service round-trips (Trains 300-307), plus the Texas Eagle (Trains 21/321/421 & 22/322/422) also serves most stops, providing a total of five daily round-trips on the Chicago-St. Louis corridor. The additional round-trip (Trains 308 & 309) will serve stations between Chicago and Bloomington/Normal, which are the two of the most popular destinations on the corridor.

The schedule with the additional round-trip is attached. In the last year, a new Amtrak record of 740,275 passengers was set on the corridor, a 10 percent increase from the previous year.

Yesterday, Amtrak also announced an additional round-trip on Dec. 1, on the ChicagoQuincy corridor served by the Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg (Trains 380-383). These services are operated by Amtrak under a contract with the Illinois Department of Transportation.

“We are excited to announce this additional service,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “The addition of more trips during this busy time will allow passengers to get to their destinations safely and quickly, allowing more time to spend with loved ones during the holiday season.”

The holiday is the busiest travel week of the year, and to accommodate the expected surge of riders, America’s Railroad® will operate every available passenger rail car in its fleet and is scheduling extra trains and adding capacity on other routes.

The busiest travel days are the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday. Other than Thanksgiving Day, morning trains typically have more available seats than those in the afternoon and evening.

Nationally, Amtrak carried a record 737,537 passengers during the 2012 Thanksgiving travel period, up 1.9 percent over the previous year and the prior record set in 2011.

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