BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – A spokesman for Amtrak has clarified that train service for Fort Madison residents will be available on Sunday after work on the Fort Madison Burlington Northern-Santa Fe bridge is completed Saturday, despite a service change document that indicates service will be down for two days.
Marc Magliari, a spokesman for Amtrak, said Thursday there was some confusion in the statement made by City Manager David Varley at Tuesday’s City Council meeting that the Southwest Chief wouldn’t be running on Sunday.
“There will not be westbound or eastbound service out of Fort Madison on Saturday because of the bridge work, but eastbound from Fort Madison to Chicago and westbound from Fort Madison to Kansas City will be running on Sunday,” Magliari said.
“We apologize for the inconvenience, but riders can make their way to Burlington, Galesburg or Quincy for trains on Saturday.”
Varley gave Pen City Current a copy of the service change notice from Amtrak that indicated Southwest Chief Trains 3 and 4 “will not operate between Chicago and Kansas City” April 7 through April 8.
“That’s different from the bridge closure” Varley said “It’s only closed Saturday, but the document we have says the train service will not be available April 7 through April 8th.”
BNSF crews will be doing repairs to the bridge on Saturday beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 8 p.m. according to Andy Williams, a spokesperson for BNSF.
For additional information on Amtrak service, passengers are encouraged to visit Amtrak online at Amtrak.com or by calling 800-872-7245.