Rail work to shut down Chicago-St. Louis Amtrak trains for two weeks

October 9, 2015

There will be no Amtrak trains on the line between St. Louis and Chicago for two weeks starting Oct. 17.

Passengers will be switched to buses while six bridges are rebuilt and other improvements made as part of the $1.8 billion high-speed rail-improvement program in Illinois.Website Insert Fleet for Sale or Lease copy

The shutdown from Oct. 17 to Oct. 31 was timed to accommodate the Cubs and Cardinals baseball playoff series, according to a “bridge blitz” announcement Friday from Amtrak, Union Pacific railroad and the Illinois Department of Transportation. Amtrak trains run on the Union Pacific line between St. Louis and Chicago.

More than 627,000 passengers rode four Lincoln service trains and one Texas Eagle train October through August, according to Amtrak.

Read the full story from Business Editor Tim Landis of The State Journal-Register by clicking here.

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