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Travel By Train For Your Next Vacation

To get better acquainted with Amtrak, the nation’s railroad service, here’s a simple yet very helpful guide to understanding how get onboard a passenger train.

09/11/2014

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City Guide to Houston

Here’s a quick and easy guide to Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city and the largest city in Texas.

08/26/2014

Atlantic City Boardwalk (Credit, Randy Yagi)

Budget Travel Tips For Atlantic City

Read on for budget travel tips for entertainment, travel, dining and lodging on the Jersey shore at Atlantic City

08/01/2014

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Best Train Trips In The USA

Train trips may take longer, but they are more affordable than flying and they offer unique glimpses of America’s vast countryside.

03/25/2014

An Amtrak train struck a station wagon that got stuck on the tracks in Riverside on Thursday. (Credit: Riverside Police)

Woman, Dog Hurt When Train Hits Car In Riverside

A woman and a Shih Tzu named Tuxedo narrowly escaped serious injury after an oncoming train in west suburban Riverside struck the woman’s vehicle on Thursday.

02/21/2014

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Amtrak Train Hits Vehicle In Riverside

The Amtrak train was running on the BNSF tracks when it hit a vehicle near Harlem Avenue about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

02/20/2014

Steam rises from the Chicago River as temperatures drop below zero January 27, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The city is bracing for another round of severe cold as temperatures are expected to drop to -15 to -20 degrees this evening and wind chills are anticipated as low as -25 to -45 degrees through Wednesday morning. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Chiberia Part 2: Deep Freeze To Last Through Wednesday

Temperatures more suited for the North Pole are returning to the Chicago area, and will leave the region in a deep freeze for the next 2 ½ days, similar to the arctic blast we endured three weeks ago.

01/27/2014

Metra crews work on clearing switches amid subzero temperatures in January. (CBS)

Warmup Won’t End Switching Problems For Metra, Amtrak

Metra anticipates normal rush hours Friday, while service on Amtrak to Detroit, St. Louis, Quincy and Carbondale remains on a reduced schedule. However, neither will rule out delays blamed on switching problems.

WBBM Newsradio–01/10/2014

A mother and grandmother board an airport shuttle after military families bought them airline tickets. (Credit: CBS)

Military Families Buy Plane Tickets For Grandmother, Mother Trapped In Chicago

CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports it is a story of strangers coming to the aid of a mom and grandmother, trapped in Chicago by the nasty conditions.

01/08/2014

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Amtrak On Pace For Normal Operations, But Cancellations Still Loom For Wednesday

Amtrak said it is working to restore normal service after historic cold temperatures led to numerous disruptions this week.

01/07/2014

Ice builds up along Lake Michigan as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Deep Freeze Continues; So Do Icy Road Conditions, Travel Delays

Frigid conditions in the Chicago area continued to create problems for drivers, commuters, and air travelers, leaving passengers stuck at the airport, and even stranded on Amtrak trains headed to Chicago.

01/07/2014

Amtrak passenger Sierra Schnack took this photo of her train after it ended up stuck in Mendota, Ill., on the way to Chicago. After being stranded almost 9 hours, the train eventually backed up to nearby Princeton, Ill., and passengers were able to board buses to Chicago. (Credit: Sierra Schnack)

500 Travelers Stranded Overnight On Snowbound Amtrak Trains

Most of the 500 Amtrak passengers who spent the night onboard three trains stranded in snow in northern Illinois are finally heading to Chicago, rail line officials said Tuesday morning.

01/06/2014

Amtrak Train (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Chicago-Hub Amtrak Trains To Get Free Internet

The passenger train company says Wi-Fi will be installed on the Chicago-to-Carbondale and Chicago-to-Quincy lines. It’ll also be expanded to all four roundtrips on Chicago-to-St. Louis trains; those trains also stop in Springfield.

12/23/2013

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Amtrak Train With Bad Wheel Delayed Six Hours

An Amtrak train on its way to Detroit from Chicago was delayed for more than six hours because of a flat wheel Sunday night.

11/18/2013

Amtrak Train (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Amtrak Proving More Popular For Illinois Travelers

Amtrak provides service from Chicago to St. Louis, and several college towns in Illinois, including Champaign, Carbondale, Bloomington-Normal, and Macomb – and those rides have proven popular.

10/15/2013

Amtrak Train (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Amtrak Wolverine Line Adds Quiet Car On Chicago-To-Michigan Trains

Passengers on designated quiet cars must silence their cell phones, and other loud devices, and limit their conversation to quiet voices.

08/19/2013

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Man Struck, Killed On Northwest Side

A man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Sunday night in the Irving Park neighborhood, police said.

08/05/2013

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Study: Short-Haul Travelers Opting For Buses, Trains To Use Electronic Devices

An annual study by DePaul University has found people’s reliance on tablet computers, smart phones and other electronic devices might be driving travelers to buses and trains for short trips instead of airplanes.

WBBM Newsradio–06/25/2013

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Federal Court Forces Old Post Office To Turn On Fans To Clean Union Station Air

Commuters should notice some improvement in air quality as they board Metra and Amtrak trains at Union Station.

WBBM Newsradio–05/02/2013

Photo Of Amtrak Rail Car. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Amtrak’s Chicago-To-St. Louis Route Adds 110 MPH Trains In Part Of Downstate

Amtrak had a Thanksgiving present for its riders between Chicago and St. Louis — faster train schedules.

11/22/2012

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