Category Archives: Announcements

Priority Boarding Available at Chicago Union Station in the Legacy Club

Priority boarding is now available at Chicago Union Station for an introductory price of $20, offering access to Amtrak trains ahead of general boarding.

The priority boarding fee includes access to the Legacy Club located in the southwest corner of the Great Hall where coach passengers, commuters and others can enjoy a quiet, comfortable atmosphere to wait for trains or unwind after traveling. The Legacy Club features include:

  • Priority boarding for all Amtrak trains
  • Comfortable, quiet lounge seating
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and charging stations
  • Train status displays
  • Satellite TV

The Legacy Club is open daily from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Daily access passes are available for $20..

For more information, speak with a uniformed Amtrak employee at Chicago Union Station or stop by the Amtrak kiosk in the Great Hall.

Sleeping car passengers, Business class and Amtrak Guest Rewards Plus and Select Executive members will continue to have complimentary access to the Metropolitan Lounge in the Concourse level of the station.

Reservations and information are available at, our free mobile apps and at
1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

Register now for the 2015 Annual Meeting on Sept. 19 in Durand

allaboardguyALL ABOARD!

Durand Union Station
200 Railroad Street, Durand MI 48429
Sept. 19, 2015
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Make plans now to attend the Annual Meeting, taking place at the historic Durand Union Station. Our keynote speaker is Jim Mathews who is bringing enthusiasm and a new perspective to his duties as President and CEO of the National Association of Railroad Passengers. Also invited is Tim Hoeffner of MDOT’s Office of Rail to update us about progress on the Chicago to Detroit corridor and other developments in Michigan and the Midwest.
If you plan to attend, please by Sept. 1.
The cost is $25 per person and includes a catered lunch.

Click on the button below to register online using PayPal, a major credit card or a debit card

Prefer registration by U.S. mail? Click on the form below, print it, fill it out and mail along with your check.

Click on this form and print to register by mail.
Click on this form and print to register by mail.

Amtrak Train Days at Grand Rapids Amtrak Station July 25, 2015

Vernon J. Ehlers Station 440 Century Avenue SW, Grand Rapids Michigan, 49503
Vernon J. Ehlers Station
440 Century Avenue SW, Grand Rapids
Michigan, 49503

All Aboard Grand Rapids to Celebrate Amtrak Train Days!  On Saturday, July 25, 2015, the Amtrak Exhibit Train is pulling into the Grand Rapids Amtrak Station from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Meet us at the station and come aboard for a free self-guided tour through Amtrak’s past, present and future.  For the youngest rail fans, stop off at Chuggington Kids Depot, featuring toy train and coloring tables.  There’s something that’s bound to strike a chord for everyone!

For additional details on the Exhibit Train Tour, please visit:

The 13th Michigan Railroad History Conference — Sat., Oct. 17, 2015


The 13th Michigan Railroad History Conference will take place at the Lansing Community College West Campus, in Lansing. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until 5:00 p.m. There will be an Afterglow at Clara’s with an opportunity for informal discussions about Michigan railroad history after the conference.

Field trips will be caravan style with no additional cost if attending the conference. RSVP necessary to attend (trips may be canceled due to low attendance). Field guides will be handed out at point of embarkation. The MRY-Owosso Branch field trip will start at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 16th and run from Lansing to Owosso. The MRy-St Johns Branch field trip will start at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 18th and run from Lansing to St Johns. Field trip participants will be contacted with the assembly points.

Poster presentations are still accepted until August 31, 2015; contact conference chairperson if interested in exhibiting a poster. Poster presentations are static visual presentations to be exhibited in the areas around the presentation room. They should be able to communicate the story of the subject without the poster presenter being present and be of reasonable size.

Limited vendor space is available. Contact the MRHC for availability and cost. Talks are subject to change without notice.

Address of Lansing Community College-West Campus is 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing. The campus is on the southwest side of Lansing. From I-496 get off at Exit 1, South Creyts Road. Head south on Creyts Rd to Mt Hope Hwy. Turn east on Mt Hope Hwy to Sanders Road. Head north on Sanders Rd to Cornerstone Drive.

Coast-to-Coast Passenger Rail Study: Round 2 Public Meetings Announced

Public meetings will take place along the rail corridor of the proposed passenger rail service between Michigan’s freshwater coasts known as the Detroit – Holland Passenger Rail Ridership and Cost Estimate Study, or simply the Coast-to-Coast Passenger Rail Study. The study is the first step toward reestablishing passenger rail service linking Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids.

Who: This study is being managed by the Michigan Environmental Council in partnership with the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers, the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority and the Michigan Department of Transportation. Public meetings are hosted by the Michigan By Rail team.

Why:  Join us at one (or more!) of our 16 public engagement meetings to share your thoughts and ideas about potential passenger rail service that re-connects our freshwater coasts. Note: Round 3 of public meetings will take place in September 2015 and will be announced at a later date.

What: Public meetings to gather ideas and input on the proposed Coast-to-Coast line.

More details:

The meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to share ideas and input on the potential passenger rail service. The public engagement portion of the study is led by Michigan By Rail team in partnership with stakeholders and institutions along the potential line. The study is funded by a federal grant with a public match provided by 11 organizations and institutions located along the potential corridor.

In 2010, Michigan by Rail hosted public forums throughout the state to garner feedback on the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) State Rail Plan. A desire for passenger rail service connecting Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids was one of several key themes that emerged.

Along with public feedback, the study will also analyze travel patterns, demographic trends, cost estimates and existing conditions of rail infrastructure to determine what, if any, next steps should be taken to examine the possibility for new passenger rail service.

The study is being managed by Michigan Environmental Council through a partnership with the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority and MDOT. The consulting firm, Transportation Economics & Management Systems, Inc., has been hired to complete the technical analysis. A final report is expected by December 2015.

For questions or to request special accommodations at a meeting, please contact me at (517) 487-9539 or

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