Variable pricing to assist stability seat availability, meet funding objectives and encourage utilization
Launch date: November 1, 2023
The Wisconsin Division of Transportation introduced at present that the Amtrak Hiawatha Service now affords a variable ticket pricing system that replaces the $25 ticket with a sliding $19 to $31 fare based mostly on demand and advance buy.
“The Hiawatha Service affords seven spherical journeys weekdays between Milwaukee and Chicago and is likely one of the hottest passenger practice routes within the nation,” WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson stated. “The brand new fare system works towards three most important objectives by providing a value that varies with demand. First, it goals to ease crowding by providing decrease value tickets throughout off-peak occasions. Second, it’s anticipated to lift income general to cowl extra system prices and repair enhancements. And third, it retains our dedication to inexpensive journey by capping the utmost fare at $31 every manner.”
Amtrak additionally has the money-saving 10-ride ticket, with a brand new most value of $210, successfully decreasing fares to $21 every manner. Customers of the 10-ride tickets proceed to be required to make use of the RideReserve system to choose their train. Whereas month-to-month move gross sales have been discontinued as a consequence of decreased utilization, one-way and 10-ride tickets each are nonetheless eligible for pre-tax buy by transit profit account holders.
The brand new fare schedule takes impact at present, Wednesday, November 1. The $25 fare had been in impact since 2016.
Hiawatha prospects are seeing the outcomes of Wisconsin’s most up-to-date investments within the service. In partnership with Illinois, Amtrak has routinely been assigning newly delivered railcars on Hiawatha trains with wider aisles, extra accessibility, higher lighting, each USB and 110V charging ports, improved Wi-Fi, quieter interiors, bigger home windows and smoother rides. Deliveries of those new U.S.-built trains will proceed in 2024. Development can be underway to increase capacity at the Milwaukee Airport Rail Station.
For extra fare and schedule info, please go to AmtrakHiawatha.com, which can be a gateway to purchase tickets on Amtrak.com. Tickets may be bought at staffed Amtrak ticket home windows in Milwaukee and Chicago, the ticketing kiosks in Chicago and each the Milwaukee Intermodal downtown and Milwaukee Airport stations, the Amtrak apps or by calling 800-USA-RAIL.
For extra info, contact:
WisDOT Workplace of Public Affairs