Amtrak Eases Travel Safety Woes By Adding Additional Trains Between Chicago and Michigan


With clean, walkable streets, a number of bars, restaurants, and clubs, as well as reasonably priced rent and property costs, it's no wonder that Chicago appeals to so many young people who are looking to move away from home for the first time.

There were 4,171 new rental properties added to the West Loop neighborhood alone in 2008, and there will be thousands more by the end of 2017. But regardless of how many opportunities await in the Windy City, it's always nice to come home.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, securing your ride home is imperative -- especially if you live in a city center like Chicago. Luckily, Amtrak has given Great Lakes State residents a break when it comes to traveling one state up by scheduling additional trains.


Whether taking a break from work or school, going home to see family is a great way to recharge, and usually results in better work ethic upon return.

During the busiest travel season of the year, Amtrak has scheduled additional train services between Chicago and Michigan to make holiday travel easier and safer. Amtrak has been adding additional trains during the holiday season since 2014 in order to meet customer demands.

In addition to regularly scheduled trains, 10 more will travel between Chicago and several Michigan locations from Nov. 23 - 27.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday afterwards are the most hectic and expensive travel time of the year. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the number of long-distance travel increases by 54% during the holiday season, with Thanksgiving at the peak.

By offering additional options, Amtrak hopes to alleviate the stress of holiday travel and promote holiday travel safety.

"We continue to focus on providing innovative and convenient travel options for our customers, and the Thanksgiving travel period is a great opportunity to put our best foot forward," said President and CEO Wick Moorman.

By taking the train, holiday travelers can avoid unnecessary traffic, inclement weather, long drives, and other hazardous conditions like impaired, distracted, or drowsy driving.

At Chicago's Union Station, top-tier passengers in sleeping car accommodations, business class, and rewards members can spend time in the new Metropolitan Lounge as well as pre-board their trains. Legacy Club passes can be purchased by coach passengers in order to upgrade their travel experiences as well.

Additional trains have been scheduled in both directions on the Wolverine Line between Chicago and Ann Arbor on Nov. 23, Nov. 26, and Nov. 27, stopping in New Buffalo, Niles, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Jackson, and Ann Arbor.

The Pere Marquette Line that runs between Chicago and Holland will run an extra train on Nov. 23 and Nov. 27, making stops in St. Joseph-Benton Harbor and Bangor.

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