MDOT media availability for Thanksgiving rail travel in Michigan

Contact: Michael Frezell, MDOT Office of Communications, 517-281-6519
Agency: Transportation

WHAT:

With Thanksgiving being one of the busiest travel periods of the year for rail travel, Amtrak is prepared to accommodate the expected surge of riders on trains and at stations. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will have staff available for interviews and provide tips for holiday travel this Wednesday morning in East Lansing. News media also will have an opportunity to take photos and video of the Amtrak Blue Water Service, which departs at 8:45 a.m. bound for Chicago. Last year, Amtrak carried 22,058 customers in Michigan during the Thanksgiving travel period. Similar customer counts are anticipated this year.

 

WHO:

MDOT staff
Amtrak passengers
Media

 

WHEN:
8 to 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018

 

WHERE:

Capital Area Multimodal Gateway
1240 South Harrison Road
East Lansing

 

BACKGROUND:

In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak is prepared to accommodate the surge of holiday travelers with extra trains in Michigan. Amtrak also will operate every available passenger railcar. Tickets sell out quickly, so customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book tickets early.