In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, America’s Railroad® is prepared to accommodate the surge of holiday travelers with additional capacity on several routes in the Midwest. Extra trains will operate to and from downstate Illinois and Michigan and Amtrak will also operate every available passenger railcar in its fleet.
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Amtrak is making a major upgrade to the busiest transit hub in America with the launch of a new, state-of-the-art Passenger Information Display System (PIDS) at Penn Station New York.
Amtrak is being recognized for its evolution into a higher-performing organization that has reduced costs, restructured performance management and differentiated pay, strengthened career growth and development opportunities, and implemented best-in-class recruitment and retention strategies.
Amtrak unveiled its first national on-board magazine, The National, to enhance the experience for the 30 million customers who travel annually on Amtrak. The free magazine is available in seatbacks throughout the Amtrak network, which connects customers to more than 500 destinations and 46 states across the country.
Amtrak’s bike program is now available on the Coast Starlight (Seattle – Los Angeles). This long distance train is the most recent to offer customers trainside checked bicycle service. This new amenity gives customers the opportunity to travel with their bicycles along the west coast and to different regions throughout the U.S. The new amenity is also available on the Cardinal, Sunset Limited, California Zephyr, Empire Builder, Southwest Chief, City of New Orleans, Lake Shore Limited, Texas Eagle and Northeast Regional trains with baggage service for travel between select cities.
Customers will be able to hand their standard full-size bicycle to an Amtrak crew member, who will then hang the item on a rack in the baggage car. This enhanced service is available at staffed stations that offer checked baggage.
Amtrak will use a portion of its $2.45 billion investment package in next-generation high-speed Acela Express trainsets and Northeast Corridor (NEC) infrastructure improvements to fund construction for the modernization of Washington Union Station’s passenger rail concourse and the expansion of Amtrak’s D.C.-based fleet maintenance facility.
Passengers aboard Amtrak’s world-famous Adirondack service can experience the splendor of Upstate New York’s fall foliage season in unique fashion when the historic “Great Dome” car returns for a six-week run September 29 through November 1, 2016.