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Marc Magliari

New Decatur-Springfield/Champaign Amtrak Thruway Buses

By | News, Travel February 14, 2020

This Amtrak Thruway Bus service is operated by Illinois Charter with connections at Springfield to Amtrak Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle trains and at Champaign to Amtrak Illini/Saluki and City of New Orleans trains. Lincoln Service, Illini and Saluki trains are operated by Amtrak under a contract with the Illinois Department of Transportation. Illini trains previously directly served Decatur from July 1981 to July 1983.

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New Amtrak Acela Trains Stimulate Nationwide Economy

By | News, Travel December 4, 2019

HARVEY, Ill. – The Amtrak partnership with Alstom to produce the next generation of Acela trains to move customers at higher speeds and more comfort between Boston and Washington is also boosting businesses nationwide. Today, Amtrak and Alstom thanked workers at LB Steel in Illinois for building wheel assemblies (known as “bogies” or “trucks”) and other components.

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Eastbound "Hiawatha" train

Super-Sized Trains Scheduled for Amtrak MidwestSM Thanksgiving Travel

By | Commuter and State Partners, News October 14, 2019

CHICAGO –Amtrak is prepared to accommodate the surge of Thanksgiving travelers with additional capacity on Amtrak Midwest network routes for the holiday in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin, plus extra trains to Downstate Illinois stations in Normal and Quincy. While we will operate every available passenger railcar, our trains sell out quickly and customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book tickets early.

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Amtrak Train 58 between New Orleans and Hammond, La.

Glad to be back: Full Amtrak City of New Orleans Service

By | News, Sales and Deals August 20, 2019

Since early May, a combination of floodgates opened on a spillway near New Orleans, other route restrictions and scheduled track improvements has resulted in a summer of disruption that is finally ending for Amtrak City of New Orleans customers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. To celebrate the restoration of full service by Trains 58 & 59, Amtrak is offering a buy-one, get-one (BOGO) fare for coach and sleeping car customers traveling to or from all our stations between Memphis and New Orleans.

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Amtrak Customers Celebrate 90 Years of Empire Builder Service

By | Customer Amenities, News, Travel June 11, 2019

CHICAGO – Amtrak today marked the 90th anniversary of the Empire Builder, which travels across the country’s northern tier, allowing customers to experience the grandeur of the Mississippi River Valley, Great Plains, Rockies and the Cascade Range. Daily service between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest provides a vital intercity travel option connecting more than 40 communities in eight states.

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