Amtrak offers discount tickets through end of March - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports

Amtrak offers discount tickets through end of March

Posted: Updated:

By DOUG WILSON
Herald-Whig Senior Writer

Amtrak is offering 20 percent discounts on several Midwestern trains through March 31 in an effort to boost business during a slower travel season.

"This is a time of year when people might be tightly budgeted after spending money during the holidays. Our discounted fares give people a chance to get away from the snow and avoid cabin fever," said Marc Magliari of Amtrak media relations.

Seasonal discounts offered last year were popular with riders and helped keep passenger numbers up.

One-way tickets on the Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg lines that run between Quincy and Chicago show qualifying one-way adult tickets for $21.60.

Some blackout dates apply and purchase requirements are shown on Amtrak's web site www.amtrak.com under the "Deals" tab.

Ticket information also is available by phone at 800-USA-RAIL.

Discounts also are being offered on routes between Chicago and Michigan, and the Missouri River Runner between Kansas City and St. Louis.

Ridership on the Illinois Zephyr and the Carl Sandburg trains totaled 232,592 during Amtrak's 2012 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30. Ridership along the Quincy to Chicago corridor was up 3.9 percent from the previous year.

Nationally, Amtrak handled 31.2 million passengers in fiscal 2012, up more than 1 million from the previous year.

 

--dwilson@whig.com/221-3372

 

  • Local HeadlinesLocal HeadlinesMore>>

  • Last in a Series

    Under the Influence: Change in processing offenders helps lead to reduction of DUIs in Adams County

    Under the Influence: Change in processing offenders helps lead to reduction of DUIs in Adams County

    Friday, November 21 2014 11:18 AM EST2014-11-21 16:18:34 GMT
    As the number of drunken driving cases reaching her desk continued to grow, Jennifer Cifaldi decided something needed to be done to stem the tide. Cifaldi, an assistant state's attorney who handles traffic offenses, went to Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard. The result was the institution of a DUI search warrant program. Starting in 2008, the county began to get search warrants for those suspected of DUI who refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test.
    As the number of drunken driving cases reaching her desk continued to grow, Jennifer Cifaldi decided something needed to be done to stem the tide. Cifaldi, an assistant state's attorney who handles traffic offenses, went to Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard. The result was the institution of a DUI search warrant program. Starting in 2008, the county began to get search warrants for those suspected of DUI who refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test.
  • Good News Case 18: Family struggles while single mother pursues education

    Good News Case 18: Family struggles while single mother pursues education

    Saturday, November 22 2014 1:43 AM EST2014-11-22 06:43:46 GMT
    A single mother has quit her job to pursue a bachelor's degree in education in hopes of better providing for her four children one day. Jill -- not her real name ­-- loves working with children and decided to further her education to become a teacher. Jill began taking classes around her work schedule, but as she made her way through the requirements, the classes started to conflict with her job. She left her position to become a full-time student.
    A single mother has quit her job to pursue a bachelor's degree in education in hopes of better providing for her four children one day. Jill -- not her real name ­-- loves working with children and decided to further her education to become a teacher. Jill began taking classes around her work schedule, but as she made her way through the requirements, the classes started to conflict with her job. She left her position to become a full-time student.
  • Republican newcomer files in Ward 1

    Republican newcomer files in Ward 1

    Saturday, November 22 2014 1:36 AM EST2014-11-22 06:36:03 GMT
    QUINCY -- Newcomer Eric Entrup has filed petitions to run as a Republican in 1st Ward for the Feb. 24 consolidated primary election. Entrup is a vice president at Entrup Drywall and Painting.
    QUINCY -- Newcomer Eric Entrup has filed petitions to run as a Republican in 1st Ward for the Feb. 24 consolidated primary election. Entrup is a vice president at Entrup Drywall and Painting.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Quincy Herald-Whig. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.