Amtrak and MDOT media availability for Thanksgiving rail travel in Michigan

Contact: Michael Frezell, MDOT Office of Communications, 517-281-6519, FrezellM@Michigan.gov; Marc Magliari, Amtrak Media Relations, 312-544-3860, MediaRelationsChicago@Amtrak.com
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. Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will have staff available for interviews and provide tips for holiday travel this Wednesday morning in Dearborn and East Lansing. News media also will have an opportunity to take photos and video of the Amtrak Wolverine Service trains departing Dearborn at 6:51 a.m. or 10:48 a.m. bound for Chicago or the Blue Water Service departing East Lansing at 8:45 a.m. bound for Chicago.

Last year, Amtrak carried 24,542 customers in Michigan during the Thanksgiving travel period. Similar customer counts are anticipated this year.

WHO:
MDOT staff
Amtrak staff
Amtrak passengers
Media

WHEN:
6 to 11 a.m. or earlier for morning live shots with advanced notice (Dearborn)
8 to 9 a.m. (East Lansing)
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019

WHERE:
John D. Dingell Transit Center (approximately 15 minutes from Detroit Metro Airport)
21201 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48124

Capital Area Multimodal Gateway
1240 South Harrison Road
East Lansing, MI 48823

BACKGROUND:
In anticipation of the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak is prepared to accommodate the surge of holiday travelers with additional capacity on Amtrak MidwestSM network routes in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin, plus extra trains to downstate Illinois stations in Normal and Quincy. Tickets sell out quickly, so customers are encouraged to plan ahead and book tickets as soon as possible. In addition, railcars on some Amtrak Midwest trains have new seating and refreshed modeled interiors.