Amtrak to provide additional trains for Midwest holiday travel

Amtrak will add more trains to the typical schedule in order to meet the increased travel demands of holiday travelers throughout the Midwest region of the United States.

The week of Thanksgiving is the busiest week of travel for the year. In 2014, Amtrak transported 772,211 passengers for the holiday. Since experts anticipate similar numbers for this year’s holiday, the agency will supply the public with additional trains.

The new trains as well as all of Amtrak’s regular passenger rail cars will take several routes throughout the area, from Chicago to Michigan and downstate Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is responsible for the Amtrak Lincoln Service as well as the Illinois Zephyr/Carl Sandburg trains, and the Michigan Department of Transportation oversees all Amtrak services throughout the state.

Amtrak is now offering eTicketing for each train route within the United States; travelers can buy their tickets on, ticket windows at stations or on Quik-TrakSM.

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