Amtrak Passengers Respond After Train Derailment And Schedule Changes

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Hundreds of Amtrak passengers are being directed to use buses for next week.

Some passengers say they weren't sure if they'd be able to get a trip out of Springfield when they first heard of the train derailment.

But Amtrak officials say they have the situation under control.

They released their new schedule which will cover today through next Wednesday, May 24.

Instead of traveling by train, customers will be put on buses and some trips, like the detour to Chicago, passengers should arrive earlier than usual.

Passengers say it can be bothersome but they understand.

"So I didn't know if I would have to take the train or the bus once I got here,” one passenger, Deloris Walker said. “And once I got here I found out it was the bus. It's a bit of an inconvenience but… stuff happens, sometimes it's out of your control sometimes; it’s out of their control; they gave a good alternative and so I'm going to roll with it."

The trips to look out for any changes are between Springfield and Lincoln, Alton, St. Louis, and Carlinville.

Trips may take a little longer taking the bus than the train, so officials warn passengers to plan accordingly. Officials say to contact them if you have any questions.

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