Portage Daily Register – September 15, 2020
In October, Amtrak will reduce the number of stops in Portage, Wisconsin Dells and Columbus, as ridership decreases due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The reduction is part of a nationwide cut that was announced in June. At that time, Amtrak said it was reducing all Empire Builder stops to three times a week starting in October.
The reduced service will begin Oct. 19. The Empire Builder line currently runs daily from Chicago to Seattle, making stops in Milwaukee, Columbus, Portage, Wisconsin Dells, La Crosse and Tomah.