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That’s what I was thinking... if I was going to travel right now a sleeper is pretty isolated. If I wiped everything down with a Clorox wipe I wouldn’t be tooooo worried about it.That should really help things along, especially losing sleepers. I know they're more labor intensive, but they are also more isolated so that folks can segregate a bit.
Saw that - it looks like 351 and 352 are the only Wolverines running. Surprised they didn’t run 354 instead of 352, as that is the one with connections from LD trains eastbound (351 does connect with LD trains westbound). Staying home myself, but it would seem like they would want to preserve connections for those who *do* need to travel...All Midwest corridors are being cut to one daily round-trip, except for the Pere Marquette which is cancelled entirely and Lincoln Service which retains a morning and evening round-trip.
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There goes that planUm, yeah, except it's closing
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Probably your lucky day, bad place to come down with the virusDon't give up so easily. Now's the perfect time to sneak in when nobody's looking and claim squatter's rights when they return. While you wait you can work on that new book you've been outlining.
How was the trip? Did it feel weird traveling right now or still relaxing and enjoyable?I just travelled on the Capitol Ltd. Wednesday and Yesterday from WAS-CHI. Sounds like the SSL is coming off the consist and the diner will act like a CCC again with the cafe and flex - dining in the same car. After hearing this, I think it’s safe to assume this will also happen on the CONO which runs with a CCC and is flex - dining as well. Staff I talked to stated that the same was happening on that route. It would also be interesting to see if this would happen on the Eagle due to it running with a CCC, but also with a full dinner menu...
I just arrived Chicago yesterday on the EB from Portland. Occupancy in the Portland sleeper was 25% at most and every group got their own table in the dining car. It was definitely a little weird but actually very enjoyable with all the space. The most stressful part was the day leading up to departure hoping the train wouldn't be cancelled.How was the trip? Did it feel weird traveling right now or still relaxing and enjoyable?
I’m so tempted to take a ride while I still can, but I know I probably shouldn’t.
Service Adjustments Due to Coronavirus
March 20, 2020, 3:15 pm ET
While Amtrak continues to operate across the nation, we have adjusted some services due to significantly reduced demand in key markets. The most up-to-date schedules are available when booking your trip on Amtrak.com and in the mobile app.
Northeast Corridor: Operating approximately 40% of typical weekday schedules, including Northeast Regional and Acela service.
Adirondack (New York – Montreal): No service north of Albany
Amtrak Cascades (Eugene – Vancouver, B.C.): No service north of Seattle
Amtrak Hartford Line (New Haven, CT – Springfield, Mass.)
Amtrak Thruway Bus routes
Capitol Corridor (San Jose – Sacramento) as of Saturday, March 21
Downeaster (Boston – Brunswick, Maine)
Empire Service (New York – Niagara Falls)
Ethan Allen Express (New York – Rutland, Vermont)
Hiawatha (Chicago – Milwaukee)
Illini/Saluki (Chicago – Carbondale) as of Saturday, March 21
Illinois Zephyr/Carl Sandburg Chicago – Quincy) as of Saturday, March 21
Lincoln Service (Chicago – St. Louis) as of Saturday, March 21
Maple Leaf (New York – Toronto): No service west of Niagara Falls, NY
Valley Flyer (New Haven, CT – Greenfield, Mass.)
Wolverine (Chicago – Pontiac)
Keystone Service (Harrisburg – New York)
Pennsylvanian trains (New York – Pittsburgh)
Pere Marquette (Chicago – Grand Rapids)
Winter Park Express (Denver – Winter Park Resort)
Due to service reductions, some stations may not be staffed. If the station is closed, please proceed to the platform to board your train.
Other services may also be impacted as circumstances change. Café service will also be suspended on select trains.
Customers with reservations on trains that are being modified will be contacted and typically be accommodated on trains with similar departure times or another day.
Amtrak is waiving change fees on all existing or new reservations made before April 30, 2020. Simply log in to your account or go to Modify Trip on Amtrak.com, or find your reservation from your account on the home screen in the Amtrak app. A fare difference may apply to your new itinerary. If you want to cancel your reservation with no fee, you must call 800-USA-RAIL and speak with an agent (not available via Amtrak.com or the app).
I'm pretty sure you will see the consists reduced to match demand. They'll probably resemble the winter line up.I just travelled on the Capitol Ltd. Wednesday and Yesterday from WAS-CHI. Sounds like the SSL is coming off the consist and the diner will act like a CCC again with the cafe and flex - dining in the same car. After hearing this, I think it’s safe to assume this will also happen on the CONO which runs with a CCC and is flex - dining as well. Staff I talked to stated that the same was happening on that route. It would also be interesting to see if this would happen on the Eagle due to it running with a CCC, but also with a full dinner menu...
The way things are going nothing is a guarantee. Does he plan on doing anything in Chicago other than take another train back? I think Illinois is on total lock down.Question for a friend.
He has a ticket for the Southwest Chief on the 31 March, Lax to CHI. Is there any inside information as to whether all rail transport will be stopped or are the major LD routes almost guaranteed to run?
No it's not a vacation, just getting from A to B. He would be catching the Lake Shore I think on arrival day, or the next day.The way things are going nothing is a guarantee. Does he plan on doing anything in Chicago other than take another train back? I think Illinois is on total lock down.
I’ve got nothing else to do so I’ve thought about just riding amtrak around.... I feel like I would be pretty safe in a sleeper with some Clorox wipes to disinfect it.
But I don’t want to get stranded somewhere and have a difficult time getting back... especially with Florida starting to mandatory close hotels in some areas.
Restaurants in IL are restricted to take-out/drivethrough/delivery, so the fast-food places in Chicago Union Station may still be open, but no tables to sit at right next to the restaurant.I wonder what the stations are like? Any services open? Are the lounges open?