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Track work impacts Amtrak schedule

Published 9:25pm Thursday, April 5, 2012

CHICAGO — Following work set to begin April 16, Amtrak services for Wolverine and Blue Water passengers can expect normal travel times on Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) track in Michigan by early May.
While NS crews work to eliminate the temporary “slow orders” the railroad imposed on March 15, certain trains will be canceled, have different schedules or have segments covered by dedicated motor coaches, to allow completion of track work on April 16, 17 and 18.
Amtrak service in mid-Michigan will continue to be delayed from 45 to 90 minutes on Pontiac-Detroit-Chicago Wolverine trains, with lesser delays to the Blue Water trains to and from Chicago and Port Huron.
Train 350, the morning eastbound Wolverine from Chicago to Pontiac, will terminate at Kalamazoo. Passengers continuing east of Kalamazoo will be accommodated on a dedicated bus serving Battle Creek and Jackson, where passengers will reboard a train for the remainder of the trip to Dearborn and intermediate stations.
Train 351, the morning westbound Wolverine from Pontiac, will terminate at Jackson.
Passengers continuing west of Jackson will be provided with dedicated bus service to Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, where they will reboard a train for service to Chicago and intermediate stations.
The Kalamazoo departure of the continuation of train 351 will be 90 minutes later, at 11:20 a.m., and operate 90 minutes later at every intermediate station, arriving in Chicago at 12:54 p.m.
The late morning Wolverine 353 from Pontiac to Chicago is canceled.
The early afternoon Wolverine 352 from Chicago to Pontiac is also canceled. Wolverine trains 354  (Pontiac to Chicago) and Train 355 (Dearborn to Chicago) will continue to operate with delays until track repairs are done.


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