Amtrak's Texas Eagle Gets Infusion From State

WASHINGTON -- Amtrak received a $5.6 million loan from Texas, allowing it to continue operating the Texas Eagle for "an indefinite period." Without the funding, Amtrak would have had to shut down the service on Sept. 30.

Amtrak said it is accepting reservations for travel only up to Oct. 25, pending the completion its national fall time table.

The Texas Eagle runs three days a week between Chicago and San Antonio.

Meanwhile, Amtrak said it is testing a program that permits cyclists to roll their bikes right onto its Cardinal trains, instead of having to disassemble them.

Only four bikes will be allowed per train. Reservations are required and a $15 fee will be charged per bike.

The Cardinal train operates three times a week between Chicago and Washington.

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