AMTRAK Director of Long Distance Routes Jay Fountain was in Hope on Thursday January 14th. Found met with a group at Hempstead Hall and noted he is interested in visiting the communities served by AMTRAK. He noted the carrier is considering leaving Chicago later in the day which means that AMTRAK would come through Hope later. Right now you can catch the train around 5am in Hope and should the train leave Chicago earlier that would mean a later stop in Hope, a move endorsed by those who would like the train to stop later in Hope. Should the train stop later in Hope it could be utilized by school students for field trips.