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Amtrak adds Saturday night routes between Milwaukee and Chicago


Amtrak has temporarily added more Saturday evening trips on its Hiawatha route between Milwaukee and Chicago.

From Oct. 3, 2015, through Jan. 2, 2016, trains running on Saturdays will depart from Chicago at 11:10 p.m. and from Milwaukee at 10:40 p.m.

The new "fall-holiday schedule" is aimed at allowing passengers more time for shopping, dining and entertainment, Amtrak officials said in a press release.

Ridership results will be evaluated after the holiday season.

Amtrak's Hiawatha Service trains carried nearly 800,000 passengers last year, ranking it among the national passenger railroad's top 10 routes.

The route is jointly sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Illinois Department of Transportation.