Amtrak offers 30% discount on tickets for Grand Rapids-Chicago route
Amtrak is offering a discount of 30 per cent on tickets for service between Grand Rapids and Chicago as part of its celebrations in honor of thirty years of service on the PereMarquette line.
On Tuesday, which marked the 30th anniversary of the service on the PereMarquette line, the railroad services provider invited members of the public to join in on the celebration as the train stopped in Grand Rapids, Holland, Bangor, Benton Harbor and finally Saint Joseph.
The 30 per cent discount will continue to be available through the month of September. Consumers can claim the offer through the publically-funded railroad service provider's official website amtrak. com.
Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle said the demand for Amtrak service between the Grand Rapids area and Chicago continued to grow year after year. Amtrak's Ray Lang added that the growth would likely bring more options for passengers in the future.
Speaking on the topic, Lang added, "I have every reason to believe that there's enough demand on this corridor for additional frequencies and we would love to entertain that question in the future."
Meanwhile, Michigan State Senate has ended an investigation involving a passenger rail car purchase, allowing transportation officials to go ahead with their plans to purchase two sets of cars and engines from an American partner of Spanish train maker Talgo Inc. The purchase of Talgo trains will allow Amtrak to provide improved train services with speeds of up to 110 mph, which would allow passengers to travel between Detroit and Chicago two hours faster than they can today. However, it will take nearly two years for the new trains to start serving on the route.
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