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  1. TiBike

    Senate hearing on "Amtrak: Next Steps for Passenger Rail"

    The senate commerce, science and transportation committee held a hearing entitled "Amtrak: Next Steps for Passenger Rail" this past Wednesday, 26 June 2019. Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson appeared, as did representatives from the Association of American Railroads, the NTSB and the Front Range...
  2. TiBike

    New Inspector General report

    The OIG's latest report on "Top Management and Performance Challenges—Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020" is here: https://amtrakoig.gov/sites/default/files/reports/OIG-SP-2018-011%20Management%20Challenges%20FY2019%20and%202020.pdf Interesting analysis of future plans and needs. I'd sum up the...
  3. TiBike

    Amtrak and Lyft do a deal

    The press release is here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/amtrak-and-lyft-announce-rideshare-partnership-300497528.html The meat of the announcement is: To access the feature on the mobile app, you have to go to "Train Status" and look up a train by station and date. The Lyft...
  4. TiBike

    Bidding opens to outsource up to three Amtrak long distance trains

    H/T to Train Orders, here's the link to the official notice: www.federalregister.gov/d/2017-14355
  5. TiBike

    Zephyr disconnecting from Capitol Corridor

    It's been about a year since I booked a trip from Reno to San Jose on the California Zephyr. Tried it today, and found that I can't get a guaranteed connection to the Capitol Corridor until 7:20 pm. I used to be able to book a through connection on the 5:15 pm Capitol Corridor weekday departure...
  6. TiBike

    Business class access to showers?

    There was a brief detour on the Viewliner 2 thread about business class access to showers: http://discuss.amtraktrains.com/index.php?/topic/45804-viewliner-ii-production-status-photos/page-151 I thought maybe the topic rated a thread of its own. There seemed to be antipathy toward the idea...
  7. TiBike

    Another summer lost?

    Anyone heard any rumors about when unboxed bikes will be allowed on long distance trains? I was looking forward to walk up/roll on service last summer, after reading an Amtrak blog post in 2014 promising such by the end of the year: http://blog.amtrak.com/2014/06/new-baggage-cars/ Now it's...
  8. TiBike

    Is it a mistake to solve your own Amtrak problems?

    I was on the westbound CZ yesterday, scheduled to arrive in Emeryville at 4:10 p.m., and connect to a Capitol Corridor train at 5:15 p.m., so I could catch the last bus to Monterey (independently via Monterey Salinas Transit, not booked as part of the Amtrak ticket) at 7:25 p.m. The train was...
  9. TiBike

    Train number change

    So today I started getting phone calls and emails from Amtrak telling me my reservation for Albany-Chicago-Emeryville-San Jose next month had changed, including a statement with something that looked like credits and debits, and advice that I could call to change or cancel my reservation. I...
  10. TiBike

    Adding another passenger to a sleeper?

    I'm taking my first overnight Amtrak trip in June, going from Albany to Chicago in coach on the Lake Shore Limited, then a roomette to Emeryville on the California Zephyr. A buddy might join me in Chicago. If I'm reading things correctly, I've already paid for two people in the roomette...
  11. TiBike

    Viewliner II and bicycles

    Hello, I was wondering if anyone had thoughts about the timing for roll-on bike service on the new Viewliner II baggage cars? A year ago, Amtrak was saying it would happen by the end of 2014, but that's passed. From reading the discussions about the Viewliner II's on the forum, it seems that...