Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak timetable changes’

Amtrak Establishing Grand Rapids Crew Base

April 12, 2015

The May 4 schedule change that will have the Chicago-Grand Rapids Pere Marqutte operating on a new schedule is being done to give passengers more time in Chicago.

Amtrak also plans to open a crew base in Grand Rapids, Mich., which it expects will help to resolve the problem of the train departing late for Chicago due to the crew that brought in the train the night before needing more rest because of a late arrival.

At the present time, the Pere Marquette is assigned operating employees who are based in Chicago.

The new schedule of No. 371 will have it departing Grand Rapids more than an hour and a half earlier at 6 a.m. The departure time of No. 370 from Chicago has been moved back to 6:30 p.m. from 4:55 p.m.

Michigan residents will be able to spend more than nine hours in Chicago on business or pleasure. Current schedules allot about six hours of layover time.

Amtrak said the new schedule will also improve the reliability of eastbound connections from late long-distance trains.

The new schedule will place the Pere Marquette in close proximity to the schedule of Amtrak’s Chicago-Washington, D.C., Capitol Limited in both directions.

Officials with Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation, which helps to fund the Pere Marquette, hope that this will enable NS dispatcher to have an easier time creating routes for both trains on a freight-heavy line in and out of Chicago.

Al Johnson, MDOT’s Office of Rail passenger and operations manager, told Trains magazine that the state is studying additional frequencies for the Pere Marquette, Blue Water (Chicago-Port Huron, Mich.) and Wolverine Service (Chicago-Detroit) routes, but new trains cannot be implemented until NS completes the $71 million Indiana Gateway project between Chicago and Porter, Ind.

Amtrak issued its Spring-Fall 2015 system timetable on April 6 and most schedules have received only minor changes. The new timetable replaced the Summer-Fall 2014 schedule issued on June 9, 2014.

Few Major Changes Offered in in New Amtrak TT

April 3, 2015

Amtrak’s next timetable will take effect on Monday and although there are some changes to the Cardinal and two Michigan trains, the schedules in Northeast Ohio remained unchanged.

The Capitol Limited (Chicago-Washington, D.C.) and Lake Shore Limited (Chicago-New York/Boston) will continue to depart and arrive at all stations on the same schedules as they do now.

The cover of the Spring-Fall 2015 Amtrak system timetable features an image of the Ethan Allen Express.

The cover of the Spring-Fall 2015 Amtrak system timetable features an image of the Ethan Allen Express.

The Chicago-New York Cardinal will see minor adjustments at many intermediate stations even as the departure and arrival times as its endpoints remain the same.

Westbound No. 51 will now arrive and depart from Cincinnati at 1:36 a.m. and 1:46 a.m. respectively. Those times had been 1:13 a.m. and 1:23 a.m.

Between Charlottesville, Va., and Indianapolis, No. 51 will be running slightly later at all stations. The dwell time in Indianapolis has been cut by 23 minutes so times west of there remain unchanged.

Eastbound No. 50 will have some changes between Indianapolis and Newark, N.J., but not all stations will be affected.

The Cardinal will continue to leave Indy at 11:59 p.m. and its arrival and departure times in Cincinnati remain unchanged.

But some intermediate times will be earlier, e.g. Connersvlle, Ind., 1:21 a.m. versus 1:26 a.m. now at Connersville, Ind., while others are later. For example, No. 50 will arrive and depart at Huntington, W.Va., at 7:09 a.m. and 7:16 a.m.  versus the current 7:03 a.m. and 7:10 a.m.

There are no changes in the operation of the New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian, the Chicago-Detroit (Pontiac) Wolverine Service or the Chicago-Port Huron, Mich. Blue Water

However, Amtrak has added a Chicago-Detroit Thruway bus (No. 8356) that will depart Chicago at 10:55 p.m. and arrive in Detroit at 5:55 a.m. with an intermediate stop at Kalamazoo, Mich., at 3:05 a.m. that will only receive passengers. There is no corresponding westbound Thruway bus service.

Amtrak also plans major changes to the schedule of the Chicago-Grand Rapids, Mich., Pere Marquette.

Effective May 4, the train will begin departing Chicago at 6:30 p.m. and arriving in Grand Rapids at 11:39 p.m. The westbound train will leave Grand Rapids at 6 a.m. and arrive in Chicago at 9:11 a.m.

Currently, No. 370 departs Chicago at 4:55 p.m. and is scheduled to arrive in Grand Rapids at 9:55 p.m. No. 371 departs Grand Rapids at 7:40 a.m. and arrives at 10:38.

The changes will mean that the Pere Marquette will become the earliest arriving Midwest corridor train in Chicago outside of the Chicago-Milwaukee Hiawatha Service route.

The cover of the timetable, which will be effective through the end of the year, features a photograph of the Ethan Allen Express crossing the Hudson River just after departing from the station at Fort Edward-Glens Falls, N.Y. The photograph was made by Steven K. Ostrowski.

Amtrak to Issue New Schedules on June 9

June 5, 2014

No changes will be made in any of the scheduled arrival and departure times of Amtrak trains serving Ohio when a new timetable takes effect on June 9.

The Capitol Limited (Chicago-Washington, D.C.), Lake Shore Limited (Chicago-New York) and Cardinal (Chicago-New York) will continue on their current schedules at their respective Ohio stations.

The only change to the schedules of Amtrak trains serving Ohio is a minor one. The eastbound Lake Shore Limited Amtrak summer TTwill be scheduled to arrive into New York’s Penn Station at 6:35 p.m., which is 12 minutes later than the current schedule.

The new timetable also shows no equipment changes for any of the Amtrak trains serving Ohio.

The June 9 timetable, which is expected to remain in effect through summer and fall, does not reflect the summer schedules of Amtrak’s Chicago-Detroit (Pontiac) Wolverine Service. Amtrak announced  in early May that it was adjusting some Wolverine schedules due to track work taking place on the route this summer.

As part of that adjustment, Amtrak extra service on weekends between Chicago and Dearborn, Mich. That additional service is now shown in the June 9 national timetable. Nor is the adjusted schedule of the Port Huron, Mich., to Chicago Blue Water shown. No. 365 is operating early during the summer due to the track work project that is affecting the Wolverine trains.

The schedule of the Pennsylvanian, which operates between Pittsburgh and New York and connects in Pittsburgh with the Capitol Limited also is unchanged in the June 9 timetable.

The timetables for Empire Service to western New York state carry a notation that the schedules down “reflect infrastructure improvement work that is being conducted this summer.” The timetable said Empire Service schedules are expected to change in the fall.

The cover of the June 9 timetable features a Northeast Corridor train being pulled by a new Amtrak Cities Sprinter ACS-64 locomotive.

The photograph by Gary Pancavage shows a five-car train racing through Claymont, Del., en route to Washington, D.C. Amtrak has ordered 70 of the ACS-64 locomotives for use in the Northeast Corridor to replace aging AEM-7 units. The AEJ-7 locomotives were based on a Swedish design and entered service in 1980.

Amtrak expects to have all of its ACS-64 locomotives in service by 2016.

EB ‘Capitol Limited’ to Run 30 Minutes Later

July 12, 2013

Amtrak’s Capitol Limited will soon be operating 30 minutes later on its eastbound journey through Northeast Ohio between Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Amtrak TTThe change becomes effective on July 15 when Amtrak issues a new    national timetable to cover the summer and fall seasons.

No. 30 will depart Chicago at 6:40 p.m., and arrive in Cleveland at 1:45 a.m. It will be scheduled to depart at 1:54 a.m.

The current arrival and departure times in Cleveland are 12:59 a.m. and 1:08 a.m. respectively, thus making the new Cleveland times 46 minutes later than the current schedule. 

No. 30 will be scheduled to arrive in Toledo at 11:39 p.m. and depart 10 minutes later. The arrival times at other Ohio stations will be 12:40 a.m. at Sandusky, 1:15 a.m. at Elyria and 3:05 a.m. at Alliance.

There will be no change in the westbound schedules of No. 29.

Also unchanged are the times for the Chicago-New York Lake Shore Limited, which also stops in Cleveland Elyria, Sandusky and Toledo; and the Chicago-New York Cardinal, which operates via Cincinnati.

The schedule of the New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian is also unchanged.

The cover of the new timetable features an image of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. with an Amtrak train passing in the foreground.

Also, Amtrak reported this week that it set a ridership record in June. Amtrak’s patronage of 2.8 million was the highest ever for that month, up 1.7 percent over the previous record, set in 2012 of 2.7 million.

Through the first nine months of fiscal year 2013, Amtrak is on pace to exceed its all-time annual ridership record of 31.2 million passengers, which was set in 2012.