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  1. J

    Accessible bedroom disability fare

    Yes, I did say in the post that it's on a disability fare, and referenced the disability type screen. I think, as someone suggested, that Amtrak's policy has changed.
  2. J

    Accessible bedroom disability fare

    Thanks, I hadn't seen that. It should save 10-15 seconds per lookup (which can add up) and a lot of mousing.
  3. J

    Accessible bedroom disability fare

    I thought I had read on here that the cost of an Accessible Bedroom with a disability fare was based on the current cost of a Roomette. But on several days in April, an Accessible Bedroom on the northbound Star is more costly than a full-fare Roomette. I called Amtrak, and the agent said the...
  4. J

    How are dining car reservations made?

    I remember hot canned food vending machines; not on the railroad, but at my father's workplace in the 1960's. Spaghetti-O's and such. I remember those cans came out wicked hot, so you had to be careful! But how did "Hot tray meals" and waffles work? Were they TV dinners that the machine heated...
  5. J

    CZ Service Disruption?

    Most of the delay notifications have given freight interference as the reason. My guess is that freights are being rerouted due to the flooding, and clogging the tracks. I'm actually sitting on the CZ right now in Chicago, waiting to depart. We've been delayed 75 minutes so far due to an a/c...
  6. J

    CZ Service Disruption?

    As of now, it's a go to board the Meteor for WAS on 6/1. Hoping the line stays open for #5 thru 6/5.
  7. J

    CZ Service Disruption?

    Don't mind late. Don't mind stew. But no buses, please!
  8. J

    CZ Service Disruption?

    I talked to a phone agent on 800-USA-RAIL, who was sympathetic but not very encouraging for Wednesday. I asked if high water was the problem, and he replied that it was a lot of things, including mud on the tracks. He recommended that I at least wait to see what the situation is tomorrow.
  9. J

    CZ Service Disruption?

    Thanks. Sad that this info doesn't seem to be available anywhere on the Amtrak site. The only alert is for service between KC & STL, which wouldn't affect the CZ. I haven't decided whether to cancel, or take a chance on it running by Wednesday. I don't mind the train taking the alternate...
  10. J

    CZ Service Disruption?

    Just checked CZ status out of CHI for today (5/30) and it shows: "Status is currently unavailable due to a service disruption" Does anyone know whether CZ has been affected by flooding on the route again, or possibly storm damage? A Google search for news on "California Zephyr" or "Amtrak...
  11. J

    Showers in or around Sacramento Amtrak Station?

    Different rider, same problem.
  12. J

    Disability discount reduced to 10%

    Thanks. I was searching on "disability", not "disabled".
  13. J

    Disability discount reduced to 10%

    OK, Couldn't find any mention of it here.
  14. J

    Disability discount reduced to 10%

    It seems that the disability discount is now 10%, the same as the senior discount. I'm pretty sure it used to be 15%. The Amtrak website now says it's 10%, and I noticed when booking the CZ that my disability fare is the same as the senior fare on the website.
  15. J

    When do buckets change?

    Thanks. I guess I'll just have to take the best I can get and hope it goes down. What I'm fearing is that the fare for a week or a few days before or after will go down but not the one I'll have booked, but by then it will be too late to change all the connecting trains, planes, and hotels...
  16. J

    When do buckets change?

    Yes, but how long before the travel date did you see them decrease? I'm trying to figure out about when Amtrak starts moving cabins to the lower buckets. Thanks!
  17. J

    When do buckets change?

    Just for the record -- How far out was your travel date when the fares dropped?
  18. J

    FlixBus In the Southern U.S

    Seating looks a bit tight, especially on knee room. Is it on par with Amtrak coach? Did the seats in the earlier photos have leather trim, and the latest ones not, or was it just camera angle? Did it make a difference in comfort? And was that a trash bag hanging from the seat back? I wouldn't...
  19. J

    When do buckets change?

    Checking CZ on Amsnag, it seems that the lowest fares on bedrooms are only available within the coming month or so. Is there a particular day of the week or month that buckets are reallocated based on demand to date, and would therefore be the best time to grab a lower fare? Thanks.
  20. J

    Checked baggage to SF?

    Yes, but cracks were found in 2 steel support beams, not just in the walls. News stories say it will be closed at least until June, but nobody's giving an estimate of when it will open. So is the timetable reflecting baggage service at the new closed terminal, and the web site reflecting...
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