A new schedule for the Amtrak Pere Marquette will make it more convenient for passengers to attend sports, music and theatre events in Chicago and result in eight to 10 jobs being based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, effective May 4. The new schedule also improves connections with other Amtrak trains.
The current schedule allows a six-hour day in Chicago and was crafted for Chicago-based crew cycles. Last year’s opening of the Vernon J. Ehlers Station allowed for the creation of a crew base in downtown Grand Rapids and a nine-hour day for passengers to work or play in Chicago.
Amtrak employed 237 Michigan residents last year, with total wages of $19.5 million. Goods and services purchased in Michigan by Amtrak totaled $17.3 million in 2014.
All Amtrak service in Michigan is operated under a contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).
So, Joel Burger and Ashley King are two college sweethearts from New Berlin, Illinois. They’ve known each other since kindergarten. Last week, the State Journal-Register announced that the couple were getting married. The news if the Burger-King union reached someone at Burger King, who then contacted them set up a Skype phone call to tell them that they’d be paying for the whole wedding. The only catch – Burger King wants them to name their first born “Chicken Fry”.
Genius. Seriously, what could a wedding in New Berlin, Illinois really cost? This tactic is way more interesting and endearing than those stupid Chicken Fry spots they’re currently running. They should edit the Skype call and just run that until Chicken Fry season is over.
Watch the Skype call here.
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