Amtrak adding trains in Michigan for Christmas holiday travel

Due to strong demand, Amtrak is adding additional Wolverine Service trains between Michigan and Chicago to provide expanded December weekend travel options. Passengers should book their tickets now for best availability and pricing.

Amtrak will offer an additional eastbound and an additional westbound Wolverine Service train between Chicago and Ann Arbor on December 21, 22 & 23 and on December 28, 29 & 30. Ordinarily, Amtrak provides three daily round-trips through Ann Arbor, with continuing service to and from Detroit-area stations.

The regular Wolverines (Trains 350-355) and the extra Wolverines (Trains 356 & 359) will operate at top speeds of 110 mph through parts of Indiana and Western Michigan. Please see the schedules below, which include the Blue Water (Trains 364 & 365), that share the Wolverine route between Battle Creek and Chicago.

During Thanksgiving 2012, a record setting 737,537 passengers chose trains in the 46 states served by Amtrak, up 1.9 percent over the previous year and the prior record set in 2011. Thanksgiving ridership on the Amtrak Wolverines was 15,361, up nearly 17 percent from the year before in large part due to extra holiday trains operated between Kalamazoo/Ann Arbor and Chicago.

The extra trains were added with the encouragement of the Michigan Department of Transportation and permission of Norfolk Southern and CN railroads.