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    Are Amtrak reward points expiring in June?

    Building on this, one of the card options is a no-fee card.
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    Mask Mandate for Transportation Extended

    Per the quote, I find the situation to be a mess. Yes, I have my biases (clearly indicated earlier) here. But while they carved out that exception, I'm at a bit of a loss as to why "Must wear mask while in an International Business Class suite [where the airlines have been bloviating about how...
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    Cashless Amtrak Travel?

    I feel like the appropriate response is that if I have cash (to offer as a tip) and you do not want my cash, then I will just have to make do with not tipping you. Probably the biggest issue is going to be occasionally getting stuck with an overly-large bill for a one-night sleeper tip.
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    What's with Northeast Regional 174?

    Per the January 2020 timetable, 174 originates in NPN (I had to check which train it was, since Amtrak can't be arsed to publish a timetable anymore...and so I can't guarantee that this hasn't changed). Edit: Confirmed that it is still the NPN train. So to answer your question, freight...
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    New Amtrak Proposed Routes Map has Dropped

    It also doesn't help that the LD trains aren't just some "rural transit" item (unless NYP-RVR, NYP-ORL, and WAS-JAX are "rural" markets on the Silver Service...). They do connect major cities...just vis-a-vis planes, they can actually pick up folks in between.
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    Mask Mandate for Transportation Extended

    I (quite sincerely) think I actually crossed the line on caring about that sometime last summer.
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    Mask Mandate for Transportation Extended

    I'm going to be ice cold here, but if someone has refused to get vaccinated and they get this thing and die, I have very little sympathy at this stage and increasingly I resent being asked to inconvenience myself for their sake (given the negligible risks to folks who have been vaccinated in...
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    First NEC Sleeper Journey - A Huge Letdown

    Which, again, raises the question of "Why not arrange to run the crew through?" Given the furloughs, would it have been that hard to get folks to bid for it out of Boston?
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    Washington Post "Amtrak still on Track at 50!"

    But not wrong. (I'm sorry, the idea that Amtrak is "still on track" after the last year makes me cringe. In particular, I'm hearing that we're likely to not get a batch of state trains back anytime soon, there was the horrible 3x/week mess this past year which was in turn executed in a way that...
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    Upcoming Amtrak LD Schedule Changes (2021)

    (1) As it stands, taking the train sinks most of two days (all of one and a huge chunk of the other). Sinking only a sole day might well be an improvement. (2) You presume that NOL-NYC is a large portion of the train's ridership. It's not nothing but intermediate pairs are arguably more...
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    Washington Post "Amtrak still on Track at 50!"

    Given recent history, the title (at least) makes me think the author is deluded.
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    Amtrak Mask Mandate - Practical Discussion

    That situation is an utter mess. On the one hand, a "hard and fast" vaccine mandate effectively bars family cruises for the foreseeable future (so ironically, picking this fight might give a few lines cover to just not operate for a bit) since there's presently no vaccine for anyone under 16...
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    Amtrak Mask Mandate - Practical Discussion

    If you've ridden Amtrak enough, you'll find a few situations where "common sense" has nothing to do with anything...which is, of course, the worry here.
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    80 Years Ago this Month

    I think the point about "tipped income" being a major factor is something that is overlooked in the context of pay. There was a quote from someone working in the diner on the Champion in the 1960s that the money from the tips was enough that they didn't really need to bother cashing their...
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    Amtrak Mask Mandate - Practical Discussion

    I think "close the curtains and do what you're going to do" is the answer here. Then again, last time I was on the Auto Train the OBS folks made a point of asking everyone to wear a mask when they came by to drop off food, etc., so my brother and I just had them drop the food off and we made up...
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    First NEC Sleeper Journey - A Huge Letdown

    Given recent history (e.g. Amtrak cutting staffing at RVR from 24 hours to 0530-2200 or so without so much as telling DRPT...folks at DRPT found out when I asked), I'm fairly certain Amtrak couldn't be arsed to bother...
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    Upcoming Amtrak LD Schedule Changes (2021)

    I will not diminish the insufficiency of Atlanta's current station, but I have to wonder...the main line is three tracks until the station, at which point one of the three breaks off as a dead-end spur. There's an extant bridge over I-75 (two tracks). Unfortunately, there's a Target in what...
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    Upcoming Amtrak LD Schedule Changes (2021)

    One other thing I'll note: While a slight massage SB into Greensboro would be nice, this effectively gets you a partial "day train" from CLT northwards (the lack of which has been a sore point on that side of VA for some time). A move which had preserved the times on the south end there but...
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    Mask Mandate for Transportation Extended

    Or, in the alternative, "By all means wear a mask but if I cannot hear you because of a combination of noise and so on, since the mask is notionally for my protection if I need you to can you slide it down for a moment?" (Noting, for example, that I am vaccinated and about 90% of the time so is...
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    Mask Mandate for Transportation Extended

    One thing I've also seen as what I'll call (at this point) a bit of an "attitude problem" is "Don't take the mask off for this situation". I've got a related issue in that I have significant filtering issues in loud environments...even pre-pandemic, I'd often avoid a bar with live entertainment...
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