Additional Quincy-Macomb-Chicago round-trip on Dec. 1
CHICAGO – In anticipation of its busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak is adding an Illinois round-trip train originating at mid-day on Dec. 1, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Amtrak will offer one additional eastbound (Train 384) and one additional westbound (Train 385) frequency on the Chicago-Quincy corridor, via Galesburg and Macomb.
Ordinarily, Amtrak originates two daily morning and evening round-trips, the Illinois Zephyr (Trains 380 & 383) and the Carl Sandburg (Trains 381 & 382) that travel the full length of the corridor, plus some additional Amtrak service at Galesburg, Princeton or Mendota provided by the Southwest Chief (Trains 3 & 4) and California Zephyr (Trains 5 & 6).
In order to accommodate the additional round-trip on Dec. 1, Train 383 will depart Chicago 20 minutes later than usual and operate on a modified schedule to Quincy that day only. Please see Amtrak.com for the regular schedule of 380-series trains, operated by Amtrak under a contract with the Illinois Department of Transportation.
“We are excited to announce this additional service on the Chicago-Quincy Corridor,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “The addition 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.
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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