Extra Amtrak trains will still be rolling through southern Berrien County and Cass County through the end of September. Amtrak is extending the summer schedule for the Blue Water route from Chicago to Port Huron and the Wolverine line from Chicago to Pontiac for another several weeks. An additional eastbound train will keep running on Sundays, while one extra westbound trip will remain on the schedule for Monday. Amtrak added the extra routes at the end of May, and they were originally scheduled to end on August 31. Both the Blue Water and Wolverine lines have stops in New Buffalo, Niles and Dowagiac. The changes to the schedule were put in place to allow crews to make track and signal improvements this summer. Roughly 44,000 crossties were to be replaced, which Amtrak says will result in a smoother ride and a more reliable schedule. There are no changes to the Pere Marquette schedule. That line runs from Grand Rapids to Chicago and stops in St. Joseph, Bangor and Holland.
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