Amtrak Borealis Trains Expand Service Between St. Paul and Chicago via Milwaukee

309, ALC-42, Amtrak, Charger, Phase VII Brand new ALC-42 #309 is the first unit to wear the Phase VII livery, seen at the Siemens plant in California. Photo by Mike Armstrong for Amtrak. Amtrak has rull rights.

Tickets are now available for a second daily Amtrak service between the Twin Cities and Chicago via Milwaukee.

Starting May 21, travelers seeking a more comfortable, sustainable and productive alternative to driving will have double the current rail options. New state-sponsored Borealis trains depart from St. Paul at midday and arrive in Chicago in the late morning.

Amtrak Borealis trains will offer Coach and Business Class in addition to a café car featuring regional items. Customers will enjoy wide reclining seats with ample legroom, no middle seats, free Wi-Fi, and views of the Mississippi River between St. Paul and La Crosse, Wisc., in daylight in both directions across Wisconsin.

The trains will make the current Empire Builder stops between St. Paul and Milwaukee and Hiawatha stops between Milwaukee and Chicago. Another benefit of the Amtrak Borealis service is a new eastbound Amtrak origination from Ramsey County’s Union Depot in St. Paul.

“A second daily passenger rail service connecting St. Paul to Chicago via Milwaukee is a welcome addition to our transportation system, providing more choices and travel flexibility for passengers,” said Commissioner Nancy Daubenberger, Minnesota Department of Transportation. “We appreciate our partnerships with communities, federal, state and local governments, the host railroad CPKC, and Amtrak that were needed to get this service on-track, and to provide another safe, reliable transportation option. We look forward to continuing these partnerships as we work toward further building out passenger rail options in the Midwest.”

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