Wisconsin Department of Transportation
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Stay later: Amtrak Hiawatha service adds Saturday night round-trip

Visit Chicago for the day and stay into the evening without having to overnight

By - Oct 8th, 2015 03:21 pm

Amtrak Hiawatha service passengers can make evening plans for dinner, a show, shopping and more on Saturday nights through the beginning of next year. New evening trips between Chicago and Milwaukee will be offered now through Jan. 2, 2016.

The “fall-holiday schedule” has Train 343, departing from Chicago at 11:10 p.m., and Train 344, departing from Milwaukee at 10:40 p.m.

The route, with intermediate stops in Glenview, Ill., and in Wisconsin at Sturtevant and the Milwaukee Airport, carried nearly 800,000 passengers last year, ranking it among the top 10 Amtrak routes nationally. Amtrak Hiawatha service trains are jointly sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (Illinois DOT).

Amtrak eTicketing, printing of boarding documents at Quik-Trak® kiosks (except Glenview) and advance purchase are encouraged, but passengers may get tickets on board without penalty since ticket windows are closed in the late evening. Early morning trains 329 & 330 will operate only on weekdays during this schedule. Ridership results will be evaluated after the holidays. For more information visit www.AmtrakHiawatha.com.

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2 thoughts on “Stay later: Amtrak Hiawatha service adds Saturday night round-trip”

  1. Mills says:

    I noticed on the twitter update, a cyclist was in the featured image. Is it still $20 to box your bike? I love taking my bike to mke > Chicago but honestly when I’m taking my bike it ends up being close to $80. I’m not about to haul a bike box with me while riding up Milwaukee ave to wicker park during rush hour. It would be awesome to start a champaign for an in-car bike rack or something. Not even going to mention the crazy process of having to find your bike once in union station.

  2. Eric S says:

    A number of Amtrak corridor trains in Illinois allow bikes to be carried on unboxed. Not sure what the cost is or what sort of arrangements are required. But those trains use the same equipment as is currently used on the Hiawatha. So, it’s just a matter of Illinois and Wisconsin asking Amtrak to carry bikes. Press WisDOT and IDOT on the issue, as they call the shots here.

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