National Railroad Passenger Corporation|
210 South Canal Street
Chicago, Illinois 60606-5715
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 14, 1997
Contact: Marc Magliari (312) 655-1338
AMTRAK MAKES CUSTOMER FRIENDLY
IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SUNSET
Direct service to Orlando instituted, schedules
revised between Texas and Florida
CHICAGO -- Amtrak has designated Orlando
as the new Florida origin and destination for the
Sunset Limited and has revised the train's
schedule between Houston, Texas, and Jacksonville,
Fla. The Sunset Limited operates three-days-
weekly on its transcontinental trek to and from Los
Angeles, via Tucson, El Paso, Houston and New
Effective this month, the Sunset Limited will
travel 2,803 miles to connect the Sunshine State with
the Golden State, linking major recreation areas on
both coasts and crossing the Mojave Desert.
Amtrak is making these service changes to improve
the train's financial performance.
The eastern terminus for the Sunset Limited
had been Sanford, Fla., which remains a station stop.
Amtrak had operated a motorcoach between Sanford
and Orlando, which has now been replaced by direct
service on the Sunset Limited. In addition to
Orlando, a stop in Winter Park, Fla., has also been
restored to the train's schedule.
The eastbound Sunset Limited departs Los
Angeles on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays and
arrives in Orlando on Wednesdays, Fridays and
Mondays. The westbound Sunset Limited
departs Orlando on Tuesdays, Thursdays and
Saturdays and arrives in Los Angeles on Fridays,
Sundays and Tuesdays. The eastbound Sunset
Limited departs Orlando at 6:50 p.m., departs
Winter Park at 7:08 p.m. and departs Sanford at 7:32
p.m. The westbound Sunset Limited departs
Sanford at 1:38 p.m., departs Winter Park at 2:02 p.m.
and arrives in Orlando at 2:45 p.m. The Amtrak
station in Orlando is located at 1400 Sligh Blvd. and
the Amtrak station in Winter Park is located at 150 W.
Also effective this month, Amtrak has revised the
Sunset Limited's schedule between San
Antonio, Texas, and Jacksonville, Fla., including a
reduction in the train's time spent in New Orleans from
three hours to one.
The Sunset Limited uses bi-level Superliner
sleeping cars, dining cars, sightseer lounges and
coaches, which have set the standard for comfort in
long-distance train travel.
Customers should visit a staffed Amtrak station, call 1-
800-USA-RAIL or see an authorized Amtrak travel
agent, for details on this or any other Amtrak service.
Schedule and service information is also available at
the Amtrak site on the World Wide Web at