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    Sold out rooms/ Insane high fare buckets

    Do we expect the military to make a profit? Public schools? Local fire departments? Amtrak has an obligation, as a taxpayer-supported service, to provide a reasonable bang for the buck--but to account for that solely in terms of ticket revenue is to be blind to the benefits such infrastructure...
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    Sold out rooms/ Insane high fare buckets

    There is a large gap between "free" and "as high as the wealthiest customer is willing to pay."
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    Sleeping cars returning to WAS-BOS starting 05APR21

    An open sleeper ticket allows someone to join the person who booked the sleeper accommodation to join that person in their room. It costs what a certain level of coach fare costs--used to be the least expensive coach fare, now IIRC it's the next-to-least-expensive. I don't know if it's available...
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    Amtrak Dining

    I also wouldn't place bets/hopes on full-service dining returning in exactly the form it was before flex food was implemented. We might imagine it being as good or even better than before, but since they're in effect starting from scratch with new supplies, the menu might be quite different. And...
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    Why did Amtrak Surfliner add Old Town as a passenger stop? San Diego Santa Fe Depot is so close and the Trolley serves both.

    And you can easily walk to/from a rental car office nearby. Or at least could do that pre-Covid.
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    Sold out rooms/ Insane high fare buckets

    Thanks for posting this. Whether this "public service" angle fits one's ideology or not (it fits mine), in the long run taxpayer resistance to funding Amtrak will surely grow if the vast majority of taxpayers can't afford Amtrak services. A related problem with very high pricing: Prospective...
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    Upcoming Amtrak LD Schedule Changes (2021)

    The Crescent has been leaving NOL northbound at 7AM for quite a few years, so obviously it's doable. Even though the southbound has often arrived late the night before.
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    "The Points Guy" takes a Viewliner II sleeper.

    In a Viewliner roomette, most adults can sit up on a lower level seat when the upper bunk is down. Superliners have less headroom between lower seat and upper bunk.
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    "The Points Guy" takes a Viewliner II sleeper.

    FYI, those salads are TINY. Less than half the size of the pre-flex side salads served at dinner.
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    Mask Mandate for Transportation Extended

    I wish this were unequivocally so, however.... It's still not clear whether, and in what numbers, those of us who've been vaccinated can harbor infections without symptoms, and be contagious to others. It looks increasingly like this is a small risk, but the body of experience with these...
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    Ticket counters not accepting cash?

    Thinking of Amtrak's substantial number of Amish customers: Might accepting cash be required as a "reasonable accommodation" of religious practice?
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    Amtrak Dining

    You might consider asking for just the tiny salad and roll at lunch, to be supplemented by whatever you'd like to bring with you--cheese, ham, PB, charcuterie, fruit....
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    Upcoming Amtrak LD Schedule Changes (2021)

    Yes, THIS. And the departure from ATL is 11:30, not 11PM IIRC. If it's on time.
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    Upcoming Amtrak LD Schedule Changes (2021)

    There are plenty of folks who'd use a schedule like this for intermediate stops--overnight NOL to ATL, for example. I'd LOVE to have this option. Ideally, of course, there'd be at least two trains per day, each way, on this route, with different schedules.
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    Upcoming Amtrak LD Schedule Changes (2021)

    Someone please correct me if I'm wrong about this, but wasn't the previous, longstanding schedule agreed to by the host railroads, not "dictated" by Amtrak? And weren't the host railroads bound to honor it? This new schedule really does look more like capitulation than negotiation. Possibly...
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