Amtrak closes iconic Grand Canyon stop

Amtrak closes iconic Grand Canyon stop

From Travel Pulse Williams Junction is officially closed. The gateway to the Grand Canyon for many train travelers, Amtrak has closed its popular station, forcing those heading to the national park via Amtrak to now take a shuttle service from Flagstaff, Arizona, about 30 miles away. According to a report in AZ Central, the burden of the shuttle service—operated by the […]

Amtrak is rolling along right now

Amtrak is rolling along right now

From Travel Pulse As Amtrak officials prepare for a busy Thanksgiving holiday travel rush, the company recently posted record ridership, revenue and earnings for the last fiscal year. In the 2017 fiscal year, Amtrak boasted 31.7 million passenger trips, an increase of 1.5 percent from the previous year. The rail company also revealed it generated $3.2 billion in total […]

Train vacations: Getting out of go-go-go mode

Train vacations: Getting out of go-go-go mode

From Travel Pulse Everyone is talking about what’s going on at the airports as well as the stress of flying, but there’s another way to see the world – take a train! “The hectic pace of air travel and the issues people hear on the news with changing airport security requirements make people look for […]

Salmon: End federal subsidies to Amtrak

Salmon: End federal subsidies to Amtrak

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examiner Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon wants to see the federal government eliminate subsidies to Amtrak. He has introduced a bill in the House that would do so as part of his “Shrink our Spending” initiative. Salmon said that the original purpose of creating Amtrak in 1970 was to bail out […]

Ride the rails for cool vacation

Ride the rails for cool vacation

By Harry Alexander / Southern Arizona News-Examiner One of the most relaxing ways to see the country or just go on a short trip is on Amtrak. However, when you choose to ride Amtrak, make sure you’re not in a hurry to get to your final destination. My wife and I decided to get away […]

Amtrak now charging excess-baggage fees

Amtrak now charging excess-baggage fees

Staff Report / Southern Arizona News-Examinmer Amtrak easily has the most lenient rules on baggage for passengers, but that has changed as of Oct. 1. The company will now charge $20 extra for excess baggage. The company already allows passengers two bags each of carry-on luggage not weighing more than 25 pounds. It also allows […]