Proos: Save 20 percent on Amtrak fares

LANSING—Sen. John Proos on Friday reminded Southwest Michigan residents that they can save 20 percent on Amtrak fares for trips taken this month by booking their tickets online. 

“Amtrak is a great way for families and tourists to travel without worrying about traffic or gas prices, and this month travelers can save 20 percent on all three routes serving Southwest Michigan,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “While riding the train helps the environment, eases pressure on gas prices and reduces road congestion, it also offers a great value for families.

“I encourage Southwest Michigan families who may be looking for an affordable Spring Break getaway to take advantage of this opportunity and take the train.”

Residents may book trips or change reservations through Amtrak’s eTicketing website at: www.amtrak.com/deals.

The discount is available for the Blue Water, Wolverine and Pere Marquette routes, and the website allows riders to print eTickets at any time and any place.

The Wolverine route runs three times per day between Chicago and Detroit/Pontiac with stops in New Buffalo, Niles and Dowagiac. The Blue Water runs once per day, connecting Chicago to Port Huron, and also stops in New Buffalo, Niles and Dowagiac. The Pere Marquette runs once per day between Chicago and Grand Rapids with stops in St. Joseph and Bangor.

Proos also noted that Amtrak ridership is up throughout the Midwest and on the three Michigan routes. Nearly 1.2 million people rode Amtrak’s shorter distance routes throughout the Midwest in 2012, an increase of 3.5 percent since last year and a 35 percent increase since 2007.

Ridership on the Blue Water route has increased by 48 percent since 2007. During that time, the Wolverine and Pere Marquette routes have seen ridership increase by 8 percent and 4 percent respectively.

“In 2012, these three Michigan routes brought in nearly $28 million for Amtrak,” Proos said. “The growth in ridership and revenue is good news for both our region and state, and it will help ensure that these routes will continue to give residents and tourists options to enjoy Michigan.”

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Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Proos are available on the senator’s webpage at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Podcasts.”