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    My first intercity transit trip since before the pandemic

    Yesterday, I took my first intercity bus transit trip since before the pandemic. It was on a small bus route between Corvallis, Oregon and Newport, Oregon. Before 2017, this was cross-ticketed with Amtrak and would have been scheduled as trip 8575. Now, it is a "local" bus service operated by...
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    Security on Amtrak: Tips and Observations

    Recently, there were two posts in this forum about incidents of theft on Amtrak, both posts of which raised a little bit of skepticism, due to lack of details and lack of coherence. But security on Amtrak is an issue. I worry about safety (getting hurt by things) more than security (getting...
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    How and when does Amtrak decide to add cars to a route?

    I add a series of related questions, things that seemed pretty obvious, but that I didn't know. They are too long to fit in the subject line, but the subject line basically addresses how many cars Amtrak puts on a train. For Amtrak's long distance routes, I imagine they can have a variable...
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    Why does the Coast Starlight go east of the Cascades?

    This is a question that has been puzzling me for a while: North of Redding, the Coast Starlight goes east over the Cascades through northern California, through Klamath Falls and Chemult, before heading back west to Eugene. To me, the route following the I-5 corridor seems to make more sense...
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    North America's Busiest Light Rail: Guadalajara

    I have been in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, for over two weeks, and I have been wanting to write about the mass transit here, but have been reluctant to do so because I have been busy, and because I don't totally understand the system. Then I realized the fact that I don't totally understand...
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    My very multimodal trip: a short but involved business trip

    Last Thursday, I needed to go to Salem, Oregon to have my notarized degree apostilled by the Secretary of State's office. (Those words don't mean anything and you don't have to know what they mean). I am staying in Vancouver, Washington with a friend. So, of course, I thought of Amtrak. The...
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    Seattle and the Puget Sound: The Nation's Most Complicated Mass Transit

    In the Portland MAX and Transit thread, Seattle's various transit systems have come up a few times. I think Seattle and the Puget Sound area deserve their own thread, because it is a very interesting area from a transit perspective. I am not particularly knowledgeable about this area, I have...
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    Eureka, California to Vancouver, Washington: a roundabout journey

    Hello All! This Monday, I took an Amtrak trip from Eureka, California to Vancouver, Washington. This was a trip for practical purposes, although of course, I did get to see some great scenery! As some of you might know, but most of you don't, Eureka, California is a small town on the North...
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    Lost railroads of Humboldt County

    I have been staying in Humboldt County the past few weeks, and I have seen a lot of old rail lines. They very certainly look like they are no longer in use: Some explanation of where Humboldt County is might make all these pictures make more sense. Humboldt County is about 220 miles...
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    2014 30 Day Rail Pass Trip

    This happened almost five years ago, but I thought that I should share the details of this trip: in part because I have been writing too many non-Amtrak things on this Amtrak forum! So, back in the summer of 2014, my life was kind of stuck in a rut for reasons I won't bore you with, and my...
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    Santiago, Chile to Eureka, California: Someday this will be by train

    Hello, I just moved a long long way, and I thought I would share a trip report here, because technically, I did ride a train...but the moderators might not agree. From Santiago, my friends drove me to the airport. Only right before I left did the e-Mail say that I should be at the airport 4...
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    All About the Portland MAX (and associated Transit)

    Since I had some success with my post about the Santiago Metro, I decided I should also write about the mass transit/lightrail system I grew up with: The MAX (Metropolitan Area Express) in Portland. I can describe this in some detail, because I was there for most of it. And although I know we...
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    The Amtrak Railpass: The Basics

    After doing a search, I saw that while this was mentioned in some threads in the past, there was no single thread that was all about the Amtrak Railpass. So I decided that I should make one to do so. Note that this information is current at the time of writing, but this is a general overview...
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    All about the Santiago Metro

    I am from the United States, and have been living in Santiago, Chile, for the past three years. Santiago is a bit far afield, so the Santiago Metro isn't very well known, but it is very interesting, and is quite a success story. Some basics about the Santiago Metro: the first line was opened...
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