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Travel Update 07-05 

 

Governor's Travel Control Board
Travel Update

TO:
Agency Travel Coordinators
FROM:
Paul Campbell, Chairman
DATE:
July 5, 2006
SUBJECT:
Amtrak Schedule Change & Additional Routes
 
#07-05
                                 

The Governor’s Travel Control Board wishes to update agencies on the Amtrak schedule for travel between Springfield and Chicago.  Please take note of this schedule as changes have occurred to departure and arrival times and two new routes have been added.  This schedule change will be effective October 30, 2006.

SPRINGFIELD TO CHICAGO

CHICAGO TO SPRINGFIELD

TRAIN NO.

DEPART

ARRIVE

TRAIN NO.

DEPART

ARRIVE

300

6:33am

9:55am

301

7:00am

10:15am

302

8:33am

11:55am

303

9:15am

12:35pm

22 *

10:29am

2:14pm

21

2:00pm

5:29pm

304

5:07pm

8:30pm

305

5:15pm

8:39pm

306

7:28pm

10:50pm

307

7:00pm

10:24pm

* State employees would be advised to avoid using this train if possible.  The train originates in San Antonio, TX and is often behind schedule.

The two new routes (i.e., #302 and #306 from Springfield and #301 and #307 from Chicago) will provide state employees with additional alternatives when traveling between the two cities.

A flat $17.00 government fare applies to travel in each direction.  Amtrak does not sell round trip tickets for this route.  Amtrak requires passengers to make advance reservations for all trains serving the State of Illinois.  Employees will be asked to present a State ID upon check in. To ensure seat availability, employees should call Amtrak prior to the intended date of travel. Reservations on Amtrak may be made by calling:

 

* General Reservations (800) USA-RAIL

* Springfield Station  (217) 753-2013

* Chicago Station      (312) 558-1075

 

Although train information is available at www.amtrak.com, reservations for state travel cannot be made on this site.  Copies of complete schedules for all Illinois cities served by Amtrak can also be obtained at a local Amtrak station or by calling the Illinois Department of Transportation, Bureau of Railroads, at (217) 782-4981.

As the appointed Travel Coordinator for your agency, it is your responsibility to disseminate this information to all appropriate personnel within your agency.  If you have any questions, please contact Kelley Shaw, State Travel Coordinator, at (217) 782-4705 or by e-mail at kelley.shaw@illinois.gov.

cc:

Agency Heads
Agency Fiscal Officers
Joe Cini, Member
John Filan, Member

         

 

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