Amtrak cuts back Southwest Chief service

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Amtrak is scaling back Southwest Chief train service starting in October in response to falling ridership stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Southwest Chief now runs daily between Chicago and Los Angeles with stops in Kansas, including Lawrence, Topeka, Newton, Hutchinson, Dodge City and Garden City.

The Chief will now run three times a week as Amtrak makes service adjustments to its 15 long-distance cross-country routes.

The service changes will start Oct. 1 and will return as demand warrants. It could return to daily service by the summer of 2021.

Last month, Amtrak announced it was slashing 20 . . .

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