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Amtrak Cuts Back Service in Kansas, other States, Due to Pandemic

Amtrak's Southwest Chief passes through this train station in Lawrence, carrying passengers between Chicago and Los Angeles.  (Photo by J. Schafer)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KPR) - Amtrak riders in Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico and other states will encounter reduced service starting in October.  The change is part of the rail passenger service’s nationwide cutback in routes because of the coronavirus pandemic.  According to Amtrak's website, the Southwest Chief, which runs from Chicago, through Kansas, and on to Los Angeles, will reduce its service beginning October 12.  Nearly every Amtrak route across the country has been or will be reduced because of a “dramatic drop” in passengers during the pandemic, the company said.  Currently, the Southwest Chief operates seven days a week.  After October 12, the Southwest Chief will leave Chicago on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.  The train will leave Los Angeles on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  In Kansas, the Southwest Chief currently serves Topeka, Lawrence, Newton, Hutchinson, Dodge City, and Garden City.  Amtrak said it hoped to restore all services by June 30 of next year.


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