Amtrak Passes

To be eligible for an Amtrak pass, a Union Pacific Railroad employee must be hired prior to April 27, 1981, with continuous employment with the Union Pacific Railroad until retirement. If the employee resigned or was terminated from the railroad before their retirement, they are no longer eligible for an Amtrak pass unless he/she started receiving their disability annuity from Railroad Retirement within a six-month period from the date of leaving the railroad.

Employees hired on or before May 1, 1952, with nineteen (19) or more years continuous service on April 30, 1971, are entitled to unlimited free transportation on their home road, 50% reduction in fare on the balance of the Amtrak system and an unlimited 50% reduction in fare on sleeping accommodations. The spouse is entitled to the same reduction as the pass holder. Dependents receive the same benefits as the pass holder except home road travel is limited to twelve (12) annual free round-trips. Dependents are allowed a 50% reduction in fare on the home road after the (12) free trips have been utilized.

Employees hired on May 1, 1951, through April 30, 1962, with nine (9) or more years continuous service on April 30, 1971, are entitled to unlimited free transportation on his/her home road and 50% reduction in fare over balance of the Amtrak System. They are allowed 50% reduction in fare on sleeping accommodations. The spouse is entitled to the same benefits as the pass holder except home road travel is limited to twelve (12) annual free round-trips and 50% reduction on their home road when the (12) free trips have been utilized.

Employees hired on May 1, 1962, through April 30, 1971, with less than nine (9) years continuous service on April 30, 1971, are entitled to twelve (12) annual free round trips on their home road and 50% reduction on the balance of the Amtrak System and sleeping accommodations. They receive 50% reduction on the home road when the (12) free trips have been utilized. Their spouse is entitled to unlimited system-wide half-fare transportation and sleeping accommodations. Dependents receive same as spouse except ages 2-11 receive 75 percent discount on coach transportation.

Employees hired on or after May 1, 1971, and prior to April 27, 1981, are entitled to 25% reduction on unlimited system-wide transportation and full accommodation charge. The spouse receives the same as the pass holder. Dependents receive the same as the spouse except ages 2-11 receive 37.5 percent discount for transportation.

When utilizing the Amtrak pass, reservations can only be made 24 hours in advance for a one-way ticket.

When Amtrak passenger train service began on May 1, 1971, Amtrak did not run on the Chicago North Western lines. Therefore, employees hired with the Chicago North Western Railroad are not eligible for an Amtrak pass.

The Western Pacific Railroad and Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad did not have travel privileges prior to the merger, therefore, employees hired with the WPRR and MKT are not eligible for an Amtrak pass as a result of the merger.

The deceased employee of a surviving spouse must have been hired before April 30, 1952, in order for the surviving spouse to be eligible for an Amtrak pass. If the employee resigned or was terminated from the railroad, neither they nor the surviving spouse are eligible for Amtrak privileges.

Dependents must be the natural or legally adopted child or stepchild of the applicant and qualify as a dependent under the IRS regulations for the current tax year. Dependents of employees are eligible for the Amtrak pass up until their 26th birthday if they are attending college with at least 12 credits. Pass privileges end at the student’s 26th birthday.

To request an Amtrak pass, please call the Union Pacific Passenger Operations/Amtrak Department at 402-636-7114.