NORMAL — High-speed rail work north of the Twin Cities will move some Amtrak passengers traveling between St. Louis and Chicago to bus service for about a week in mid-August.
The five Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle trains will be affected, said Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari.
Some passengers traveling on the Lincoln Service train from Normal to Chicago will be bused from the Normal station to Champaign and then take a train to Chicago, he said. The same will be true in reverse.
Other passengers will be bused the entire route from Normal to Chicago and vice versa.
The Texas Eagle will be detoured between Chicago and St. Louis and will not make any of the usual stops, including the one in Normal.
Magliari said passengers will be alerted to the mode of travel when purchasing a ticket. Two trains a day will be moved to a bus route while two other daily trains will be moved to the Champaign to Chicago option.
Crews from track owners Union Pacific will be upgrading bridges and culverts north of Bloomington-Normal for eight days beginning Aug. 16. The work is part of a track upgrade designed to allow trains to travel up to 110 mph. Trains currently travel about 79 mph.
Magliari said this is one of three phases of work this construction year. One of those will affect trains leaving Normal and going southbound