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    Brightline Orlando Extension

    That will undoubtedly change when Universal opens their new park on former Lockheed Martin property, and I believe they've already said that they'll be running their own shuttle between the new park and the existing parks.
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    Timetables returning in September?

    Here's the answer I just got to an inquiry I sent last week. So believe whomever you choose. Thank you for contacting us. Amtrak is in the process of automating timetables and has discontinued traditional PDF timetables on Amtrak Tickets...
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    Shortened Single-Level LD Consists

    Not assigned, but I assume he was mentally keeping track of open pairs (of which there were not many). Most people boarding, he just told them which of the 2 cars to go to, and sometimes, "anything past seat number [##]."
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    Brightline Orlando Extension

    Not true. Most of the people lobbying for the northern route are also pushing for a stop at the Convention Center. Of course, the Hunters Creek NIMBYs don't care one way or the other; they just want it someplace else.
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    Shortened Single-Level LD Consists

    It was about getting everyone seated. I had a mobility scooter, and someone was in the wheelchair seat with a ton of luggage in the overhead, and there was also some luggage in the wheelchair space. He had to help her to move all of her stuff and find somewhere else to move the stuff in the...
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    Shortened Single-Level LD Consists

    I was on the Star in both directions between ORL & TPA this past Wednesday, and there were 2 coaches. The southbound wasn't too bad, but the northbound looked close to full. I felt sorry for the one and only coach attendant running around trying to get everybody seated and their luggage...
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    Timetables returning in September?

    I don't disagree, but from Amtrak's perspective, maybe they're just waiting for everything to stabilize.
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    Timetables returning in September?

    Somebody said one of the bills in Congress would require them to restaff stations that had been destaffed recently. I think the destaffing was pre-COVID.
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    2021 Senate Surface Transportation Bill from Commerce Committee

    40 per day is 14,600 per year. Browsing thru Amtrak's FY18 state fact sheets, it looks like most rural stations don't meet that metric.
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    New Rehabilitated Superliners unveiled

    The roomette seats in particular look like they came out of a '60's classic auto. :) I hope those blue lines across the pillowcase are not raised piping that will leave corresponding indentations on the side of my face.
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    Timetables returning in September?

    They also need to change the food service info and station staffing. Maybe they're waiting until all that shakes out, so they don't have to go in every week as station staff is gradually added. Maybe (hopefully) we'll even have some food service updates in the East by then.
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    Any idea when new Superliner Cars will go live on the SWC?

    I seem to recall that on my 2019 CZ trip, the seats didn't swivel. They were fixed, mostly in groups of 2 or 3 angled towards one another. But I could be mistaken.
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    Boarding by Zones at San Diego station

    In Tampa, the accessible entrance is directly to the platform area, bypassing the station house completely. You can get into the station house from the platform via a ramp (and a heavy door which is difficult to open from a wheelchair), but there is no accessible access to the station house...
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    No bedrooms available on Empire Builder

    Not necessarily. If it's a COVID bounce-back phenomenon, the pendulum may have swung back by the time newly ordered cars could be in service.
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    Amtrak booking website/issues/timetables removed

    Left hand, meet right hand.