Happy National Train Day everyone! Today is 6th annual National Train Day. There will be exhibitions out West, up North, down South and out East from big cities and small towns. This nation-wide celebration will have a large scale event in Chicago.
What’s on in Chicago for national Train Day?
The National Train Day event at Chicago Union Station will feature free kids’ activities sponsored by Chuggington, interactive and educational exhibits, model train displays and giveaways. Visitors will have the chance to tour private luxury railcars, freight and commuter trains, as well as current Amtrak equipment.
Chicago Excursion Train
We are excited to announce the return of the Excursion Train at Chicago Union Station for National Train Day 2013. There will be a 40 minute journey out to the train yards and back! Tickets will be available onsite by Track 2 at 10am on Saturday, May 11th. Rides are scheduled to depart at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
*Tickets cost $5 per person; children 12 and under ride free.
Don’t miss out on your chance to hop aboard the excursion train! It is excellent.
National Train Day events outside Chicago
Normal City: Bloomington-Normal, IL (BNL)
Saturday 11th May – 10:00 am
Summit City: Summit, IL (SMT)
Friday 10th May – 06:00 am
Kewanee City: Kewanee, IL (KEE)
Saturday 11th May – 08:00 am
Springfield City: Springfield, IL (SPI)
Saturday 11th May – 11:55 am
Good morning Chicagoans. Be wary of the Chicago Transit Authority this morn as severe Chicago weather has caused delays across all transit outlets (updates here). The flooding that closed the Edens, Eisenhower and Kennedy expressways in the Chicago area yesterday that dropped more than five inches of rain since Wednesday continues to soak the region, causing CTA delays across many lines. Read more for specifics…
Ventra is the CTA’s new payment system that will allow customers to use a single fare card for regional transit throughout the Chicago area. Payment for CTA and Pace bus trips will be available in a variety of ways such as:
Ventra Card, a transit and prepaid debit card that can be used for transit and everyday purchases;
Ventra Tickets, for single-ride and 1-Day passes; and
Personal bank-issued credit or debit cards
You’ll be able to simply “tap” your payment card at ‘L’ stations or to board any CTA or Pace bus. Whilst seemingly being the “cool”way to pay, the Ventra system has raised a LOT of questions. Click more to find out how the system works…
A pedestrian was hit by a train last night, which caused BNSF Chicago Metra trains to be delayed for hours. This comes after a another man was injured, though that incident involved a CTA Train on the Red Line.
The train was passing Cass Avenue in Westmont when it hit the pedestrian said Tom Miller, a Chicago Metra spokesman. The condition of the pedestrian is not yet known.
Planning a cross country trip on the California Zephyr? Visiting relatives in Chicago? This Amtrak travel guide gives you travel tips and ideas for everything in between on the California Zephyr adventure.
Enjoy the terrific scenery on your trip. Highlights include:
$67 million Bensenville Rail Project to Ease Delays
An average of 25 freight trains passes through the Bensenville crossing each day, delaying 6,400 vehicles and costing motorists 1,500 daily hours of delays.. This new project would lower Irving Park Road just east of York Road and insert bridge for the Canadian Pacific Railroad tracks. The Irving Park-York intersection also will be reconstructed. Read On…