This RFQ and future phases of the Master Development process is part of a larger corporate program to leverage the substantial Amtrak asset portfolio.
This is the third improvement in Hiawatha Service since April, following the exciting announcements of trainside checked bicycles and carriage of passengers with small pets. Also, kids ride free this summer on Hiawatha trains on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
“We are pleased Amtrak is now offering checked bike service on the Pere Marquette,” Tim Hoeffner, Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Rail Director, said. “This service will be very convenient for bicyclists as West Michigan has a lot to offer with a vast array of recreational trails, including U.S. Bicycle Route 35.”
Amtrak and the City of Needles, with mayor Edward Paget, recently held a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for a new waiting room inside the El Garces Intermodal Transportation Facility in downtown Needles.
“No assembly required, starting now for bicyclists,” said John Alley, WisDOT Transit, Local Roads, Railroads & Harbors Manager. “This saves our bicycling passengers money and makes their everyday journeys or vacation trips to explore Milwaukee and Chicago so much easier.”
Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and Amtrak Cascades announced the launch of “Zip and Ride,” a partnership to locate Zipcars within walking distance of three Amtrak train stations (Portland Union Station, Salem Station, and Eugene Depot) and promote more connected, cost-effective travel options for train riders.