The Illinois Service is a passenger rail network that consists of six routes operated by Amtrak to provide frequent daily service between Chicago and other cities in the states of Illinois and Missouri.
The Illinois Service is made up of the following routes:
- The Ann Rutledge (303/304): Chicago to St. Louis, Missouri (continues as routes 313/314 to Kansas City, Missouri as part of Missouri Service)
- The Carl Sandburg (381/382): Chicago to Quincy, Illinois
- The Illinois Zephyr (380/383): Chicago to Quincy, Illinois
- The Illini (392/393): Chicago to Carbondale, Illinois
- The Lincoln Service (300/301/302/305/306/307): Chicago to St. Louis, Missouri
- The Saluki (390/391): Chicago to Carbondale, Illinois
On 30 October 2006, two new routes and one rebranded route were introduced in response to increasing demand. The Carl Sandburg and the Saluki provide additional service on the Illinois Zephyr and Illini lines, respectively. The new Lincoln Service provides an increased schedule and new name to the rebranded State House route.
Each line provides train service at least twice each day. Lincoln Service #301 does not stop at every station. The Illinois Service is funded primarily by the Illinois Department of Transportation. (The Ann Rutledge route is jointly funded with the State of Missouri, as part of their Missouri Service.)
The California Zephyr, Southwest Chief, Texas Eagle and City of New Orleans also travel on the tracks used by Illinois Service trains. However, these national trains generally do not stop at all of the stations served by the local Illinois Service trains.
- ↑ Governor Blagojevich Announces Amtrak Lincoln Service to Start Running October 30th
- ↑ Governor Blagojevich Announces Amtrak Carl Sandburg to Start Running October 30th
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