October 15, 2018 Extra Helpings of Amtrak Trains Scheduled for Midwest Thanksgiving Travel

Reservations required for Hiawathas; Additional capacity planned

CHICAGO –Amtrak is prepared to accommodate the surge of Thanksgiving travelers with extra trains in Downstate Illinois and Michigan, plus additional capacity on other Amtrak MidwestSM network routes for the holiday. Extra trains are scheduled to and from Chicago and the Illinois stations in Normal and Quincy, along with the Michigan stations in Ann Arbor and Holland.

The Chicago-Milwaukee corridor is the Midwest’s busiest and space is limited on Amtrak Hiawatha Service, so a reservation will be required to travel from Nov. 20 – Nov. 25. The corridor is sponsored by the state transportation departments in Wisconsin and Illinois.

While we will also operate every available passenger railcar, our trains sell out quickly and customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book tickets early. At Chicago Union Station, Sleeping Car and Business Class customers, as well as top-tier Amtrak Guest Rewards members, can experience the Metropolitan Lounge and pre-board their trains. Coach customers can purchase Legacy Club passes to access similar amenities.

Passengers can now connect directly with customer service representatives via social media:

  • Follow @Amtrak on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to connect with customer service and receive the latest news including sales and updates on new offerings
  • We encourage customers to share their Amtrak experience on all social media by tagging @Amtrak and using the hashtag #Amtrak in their posts
  • On Twitter follow @AmtrakNECAlerts for real-time service information on the NEC and follow @AmtrakAlerts for real-time service information on long distance and Midwest Corridor trains

Last year, Amtrak had the largest passenger count to date during the Thanksgiving week with more than 777,000 riders on our trains across the network. The busiest day in our 46-year history was on the Sunday following Thanksgiving 2017, with more than 160,000 customers.

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Marc Magliari

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