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Old 11-28-2011, 10:02 PM
 
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Which Amtrack station is safer to catch an early morning weekend train to Chicago? Is there somewhere warm to wait for the train? Is the train full on weekends? Thanks
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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The station at Pontiac just recently got upgraded. There's an enclosed waiting area now. Royal Oak is just an open platform.
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:35 AM
 
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Thank you, good to know.
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:29 PM
 
Location: west mich
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I had checked this before (for myself), but decided to take another look.
Amtrak - Stations - Royal Oak, MI (ROY)
Amtrak - Stations - Pontiac, MI (PNT)
Amtrak - Stations - Birmingham, MI (BMM)
51000 Woodward, Pontiac
Bing Maps - Driving Directions, Traffic and Road Conditions
202 S Sherman, RO
Bing Maps - Driving Directions, Traffic and Road Conditions
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Old 11-30-2011, 12:33 PM
 
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From a personal safety perspective, even though Royal Oak may not be as comfortable as Pontiac, I would imagine it's safer, being it's in a much lower crime area.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:05 AM
 
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^at Royal Oak, IIRC, in addition to the open platform, there is a nearby, indoor transportation center run by SMART... it may be AMTRAK and somewhat away from the platform, but it is a warm place to wait for the train. I also recall considerable seating in there. ... I don't know Pontiac, but Royal Oak seems totally safe given constant buzz of people in it's downtown ... and RO's Amtrak station is right in the heart of downtown.
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Old 01-15-2015, 07:27 PM
 
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I am from Royal Oak...I would rather ride the train from Pontiac than Royal Oak.

I get on first...pick my seat..don't have to stand in line outside....park for free.

As for safety...you are safer in Pontiac than in Royal Oak.

Posers from RO have mo money to stab n grab.

So if you wanna stand outside in a snowstorm behind others on the platform doing the penguin dance in RO go for it. I will be the one already seated on the train that I did not have to wait for. I am boarding at the station of origin where the train waits for me.
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Old 01-24-2015, 06:39 PM
 
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Just realized this is a super old post, but gotta point out to Amtrak riders in Metro Detroit that Troy, MI recently got a brand new station as well. It replaces the old platform stop in Birmingham, MI a couple blocks away.

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The station at Pontiac just recently got upgraded. There's an enclosed waiting area now. Royal Oak is just an open platform.
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