Amtrak customers now can make connections between Amtrak Wolverine Service trains and Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant and other communities along US-127 and I-75 — Michigan’s main north-south highways — using buses operated by Indian Trails, Inc., of Owosso.
Schedule details for same-day travel to and from points in west Michigan and Chicago are on a passenger service notice, with northbound customers transferring from Amtrak trains to buses in Battle Creek and southbound customers transferring from buses to trains in Kalamazoo.
For example, a traveler could board an Amtrak Wolverine train in Chicago at 7:20 a.m. CT, transfer to a bus in Battle Creek, and arrive in Gaylord at about 7 p.m. ET. Similar to the Amtrak trains, these Indian Trails motorcoaches are typically equipped with free cellular-based Wi-Fi, footrests, restrooms, 110V outlets and are wheelchair-accessible.
Here are some examples of coach fares (adult, each way, as low as, subject to further discounts):
This schedule, now bookable via Amtrak.com, smartphone apps or by calling 800-USA-RAIL, connects central Michigan to more than 500 Amtrak destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces.
As a result of the expanded Amtrak Thruway agreement, Indian Trails’ network of daily scheduled routes is now accessible via Amtrak. These bus routes serve 270,000 people a year in more than 100 towns throughout Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas, as well as Duluth, Minn., Chicago and Milwaukee.