Amtrak will return to daily service on the Southwest Chief line on May 31.

The announcement comes following the American Rescue Plan, a COVID-19 relief bill, being passed by Congress and signed by President Joe Biden. Some funds from the bill have allowed Amtrak to restore daily service across their national network.

Last October, with the COVID-19 pandemic restricting travel across the country, Amtrak reduced service on many long-distance train routes, including the Southwest Chief, from daily to three days per week.

Other lines to be restored and the date for restoring service includes:

MAY 24

California Zephyr:  

Chicago — Emeryville

Coast Starlight:

Los Angeles — Seattle

Empire Builder:  

Chicago — Seattle/Portland

Texas Eagle:

 Chicago — San Antonio/Los Angeles


MAY 31

Capitol Limited:  

Washington — Chicago

City of New Orleans:  

Chicago — New Orleans

Lake Shore Limited:  

Chicago — New York/Boston

Southwest Chief:  

Chicago — Los Angeles




New York — New Orleans


New York ­— Savannah

Silver Meteor:

New York — Miami

Silver Star:  

New York — Miami

Said the Rail Passengers Association, a passenger train advocacy group, “We asked mayors and city managers to advocate with their members of Congress to require Amtrak to restore daily service on these trains. We thank all of you for your advocacy efforts with your senators and representatives. It would not have happened without your work.”

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