Letter: loss of Amtrak stop in Williams a pity

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To the editor:

Yet another service goes away introduced during the Max and Thelma years of Grand Canyon Railway. As of January 1, 2018, the shuttle service to Williams Junction for Amtrak Train service ends, sending another service to Flagstaff. Very few actually ‘hang around’ the lobby, from my experience. Most have a room waiting at the motel or a home to go to, so I don’t see the problem spoken of in the WGCN article. It is a much needed service to Williams Junction and most will not go to Flagstaff to replace it. Locals will agree it is an essential service for Amtrak riders and most appreciate the shuttle.

Will there be a local replacement? No. No one else has the permission of BNSF to go on the property to pick up and drop off Amtrak riders. They certainly don’t want private vehicles on the property. So, I would guess the stop will be closed. Pity. Another step backward for Grand Canyon Railway.

Robert E. Robinson,

Williams resident

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JohnBaier 2 months, 1 week ago

I agree with Mr. Robinson completely. Losing the Williams Junction stop is a disaster. I did contact Mr. Brossmann. To his credit, he responded quickly and as follows: "Amtrak will contract with a shuttle service from Flagstaff station to Williams and back. We will continue to work with Yankee Holidays and Amtrak Vacations to have people visit the canyon by train and shuttle." Amtrak says this is not true. Amtrak will not run a shuttle between Flagstaff and Williams at 11:00 PM and certainly not one between Williams and Flagstaff at 4:00 AM. So to take the train to the Grand Canyon you must not arrive at Williams by Train. And you cannot stay overnight at their hotel. John Baier An avid train traveler and grandfather of two very disappointed grandsons.

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