News - Bicycles to be welcomed aboard Amtrak Pere Marquette trains

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May 9, 2016

Amtrak Contact: Marc Magliari

MDOT Contact: Michael Frezell



Bicycles to be welcomed aboard
Amtrak Pere Marquette trains

Up to 16 bikes per train; reservations required

WHAT: A media event and open house as Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announce an enhancement to Amtrak Pere Marquette trains, operating daily between Grand Rapids and Chicago. Amtrak passengers traveling can bring their bikes along for just $10 each way.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 11 (all times Eastern)
           10:00 a.m. Media availability opens                 
           10:15 a.m. Presentations
           10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Open house    

WHERE: Vernon J. Ehlers Station, 440 Century Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI  49503

WHO: Peter Varga - The Rapid
         Derrick James - Amtrak
         Tim Hoeffner - Michigan Department of Transportation         
         Kerry Irons - Adventure Cycling Association
         Janet Korn - Experience Grand Rapids                       

VISUALS: Passengers loading or unloading their bicycles into the baggage car/control unit

MORE INFO: For the first time, passengers can travel with their bikes between Grand Rapids and Chicago, along with the stops in Holland and St. Joseph-Benton Harbor.


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PHOTO ATTACHMENT: Bikes on-board the Amtrak baggage car/control unit.