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Amtrak begins restoring service between Grand Rapids and Chicago

Posted at 4:59 AM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 07:30:53-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Starting today Amtrak is restoring it's daily Pere Marquette trains between Grand Rapids and Chicago just in time for the holiday weekend.

The Pere Marquette daily is a round trip train service that has been suspended since March 21st when the Coronavirus pandemic first hit.

Among the stops, includes the city of Holland where mayor Nathan Bocks says he is excited to have the service restored and bring a sense of normalcy.

"This is incredibly helpful for tourism in Holland," Bocks said.

"We see this Amtrak train as a great opportunity for folks from Chicago, from all over the Midwest to come to Holland, have an easy trip up here, spend some time in our beautiful city during the great summer months."

Your service will pretty much be just like you remembered it but with some changes.

Amtrak is only booking at less than half capacity to maintain social distancing.

The rail cars have also been upgraded from cloth seating to leather seating, so that it's easier to clean.

Masks or facial coverings are required while in the stations, while boarding and getting off the train.

Business class and the cafe are still available but, Plexiglass will be at the cafe.

Amtrak is temporarily suspending cash payments and only accepting cards.