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New Grand Rapids - Chicago Amtrak Schedule

The GRPress says on MLive today that Amtrak is releasing a new schedule for the Grand Rapids-Chicago Pere Marquette passenger train (PDF).

Effective Monday 4 May 2015:
New schedule:
• Depart Grand Rapids at 6 a.m., arrive in Chicago at 9:11 a.m.
• Depart Chicago at 6:30 p.m., arrive in Grand Rapids at 11:39 p.m.

Old schedule:
• Depart Grand Rapids at 7:40 a.m., arrive in Chicago at 10:47 a.m.
• Depart Chicago at 4:55 p.m., arrive in Grand Rapids at 9:58 p.m.
The changes allow for nine hours on a Chicago day trip, instead of six hours currently -- I once did a Chicago day trip to a computer show at McCormick Place. Of more interest is that it will add "eight to 10 crew jobs based in Grand Rapids' new Vernon J. Ehlers Amtrak Station, the company says". I wonder if they might be combined with discussions previously of adding a second round trip? They're running around 103,000 passengers a year currently.

Of course, this makes the Holland stops earlier in the morning and later in the evening, as well. Let's just hope this schedule gets honored better by CSX than the old one.

Effective 5/4/2015 Mon

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