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    Amtrak Closed San Francisco Ticket Office Oct 28th, 2019

    Following the trend of moving the stop in San Francisco without much messaging, Capitol Corridor posted an alert that SFC will be moving further down Mission Street to 555 Mission in front of a Chase Bank... https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/CACCTRAN/bulletins/2a9cf4e
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    Amtrak Agents Reinstated at Lamy

    Does this mean checked baggage will return?
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    Sunset Limited service disruption 10/1/20

    If distancing and mask use is required on Amtrak trains, it's beyond unacceptable a bus handling a service disruption would not be held to the same standard.
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    There are a couple I have off the top of my head, but I know there are more. Here is what happened in a South Korean call center where they had a superspreader incident. Blue are confirmed COVID cases. (Source: Centers for Disease Control) Notice how the cases stayed mostly to one side of the...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    I took the CZ back to EMY and it was a better experience re: COVID measures. The conductors were enforcing a rule that if you didn't want to wear your mask in your room, you needed to have your door closed. People followed the rule! They also said that if you're eating at your seat in coach to...
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    Flexible dining - Requesting a review from a recent rider

    That is a small HEPA purifier. I'm not sure it does much, but it is small and runs using the same USB-C charger our phones and computers use. We got it here: Pure Enrichment PureZone Personal Portable True HEPA Air Purifier - 9630168 | HSN
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    Flexible dining - Requesting a review from a recent rider

    For my trip SLC-EMY, didn't wake up in time for breakfast since the train was a bit late and we were up until 3am. We again had to ask for lunch in the room, the dining car attendant seemed annoyed by the request, but our SCA was excellent. I got the chicken fettuccine (which our outbound CZ...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    In San Francisco, you must wear a facial covering to if you're outdoors within 30 feet of someone else. If eating at outdoor dining (indoor dining has not reopened yet), you musts wear your mask from before you arrive at the restaurant to the moment your food is delivered. You are supposed to...
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    Large increase in Empire Builder fares?

    The electric kettle I use is rated as 750W but I haven't tested it with a kill-a-watt. I should do that. It's definitely not fast. This reminds me of when I was traveling in Romania and 20 minutes before Cluj-Napoca I plugged in my tablet only for the outlet to spark and take out all power to...
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    Large increase in Empire Builder fares?

    Since about 2016, I've made coffee every morning in my room using a portable bonmac pourover kit and an electric kettle. It's fun because I can buy a bag of beans from wherever I'm travelling. Good, fresh coffee! I've never tried making food, but that's actually a good idea if the flex dining...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    I did not. It was my understanding that being unmasked in a room with the door open isn't against Amtrak's policies for COVID. If that's not the case, I'll bring it up.
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    So I just took the CZ EMY-SLC in a roomette. While there were lots of announcements about masks, actual safety is questionable. In the sleeper I was in, I could not believe how many people would go in their rooms and take their masks off while leaving the doors wide open. Around our room there...
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    Flexible dining - Requesting a review from a recent rider

    We took the CZ from EMY-SLC on Saturday 9/19. The crew tried their best to not mention in-room eating options. When I asked the dining car attendant if there was an option for pickup, he said I had to talk to my sleeping car attendant. I thought this was odd, but in the end we were able to get...
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    Sunset Limited - New Orleans to El Paso 6/3-6/4

    On a recent RPA Webinar, someone on RPA staff mentioned that long distance coaches are currently capped at 50% capacity in the booking engine. Thanks for posting the trip report. It helps me personally know what the experience is like on Amtrak at the moment. I'll be needing to take the Sunset...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    I found this PDF of questions the Amtrak employees and contractors posed to management back in March. It's a little out of date, but may be of interest to some of you here: Coronavirus – Frequently Asked Questions, Part 2 This one question interested me:
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