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    Catching the train in Seattle

    You don't even need to get an ORCA card if you are just a visitor. Download the TransitGo app, you can buy all fares there and show them to the bus driver on your phone. For the light rail, it's honor system as they have not been enforcing fare collections since the start of COVID.
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    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    Taking the Cascades train from PDX to SEA in December...I see there are three Cascades trains that day (500, 504, 508) and one Coast Starlight (14). Is there any way to know which of the Cascades trains will be Talgo and which will be Horizon? I have a business class upgrade to use and I like...
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    Is Portland, OR Safe?

    It's open, I was there back in late June. No food/bev inside the lounge, they were giving people vouchers to use at the mini mart inside the station.
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    Good to hear, thank you! I'll read his travelogue now.
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    Taking the SW Chief. Assuming the SSL is still there then?
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    Is Amtrak still running the sightseer lounges on the long distance trains? If so, are they enforcing any kind of seating restrictions for social distancing purposes? Have a trip on July 1, and if for some reason there are no lounges, will most likely cancel.
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak Food Service Discussion

    Bummed that flexible dining was extended through the month of June. Departing LAX on SW Chief on 6/29, looks like I'll be dining flexibly for 3 days...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    Can someone share a link or recommend a place where I can acquire lighter, more breathable masks? The one I have now is just a typical N95 mask that I only wear for short stints to the grocery store, and I cannot imagine wearing it for longer than 20-30 mins at a time.
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    Understood, and I have a bedroom reserved so I will be fine there. But I spend the majority of my days in the lounge, and I'm assuming the mask will have to stay on there. I was already hesitant to do my trip with the dining car being shut down, this might be the final push to postpone.
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    Here is the official language: Face Mask Policy: To protect customers and employees, all customers in stations and on trains and thruway buses are required to wear a facial covering, beginning May 11. Facial coverings can be removed when customers are eating in designated areas, in their...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    Face coverings will be mandatory going forward starting May 11. I don't know, this might finally get me to cancel my Southwest Chief trip from LAX to CHI in early July. Can't imagine it will be fun to wear a mask for 50 hours...
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    Any News on Miami Airport?

    This is not quite accurate. The RCC is in the same facility as the Tri-Rail station, one does not need to board the MIA Mover if the destination is just the car rental desks. MIA Mover is for airline terminals.
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    Derailment of Cascades #501, DuPont WA, 2017-12-18

    Overhead photos:
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    Vermonter: Business Class or Coach?

    Is the biz seat any different than coach? Or is the only advantage the 2x1 seating?
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    Miami Intermodal Center (f/k/a Miami Central Station)

    There are no Amtrak stations directly at any terminals in the U.S. But there are several Amtrak stations that are near the airport and are easily reached by a people mover or a dedicated shuttle bus: NE Regional - EWR (AirTrain) NE Regional - BWI (Shuttle bus) Silver Service - MIA (MIA Mover)...
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    Do heat kinks happen every summer?

    I'm scheduled to take a #5 CZ from CHI-EMY departing this upcoming Saturday. This is my second attempt to ride this train, as my scheduled trip last year was cancelled by Amtrak when there was a track washout somewhere in Iowa. This year looks to not be much better, as I am concerned with the...
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    Amtrak San Francisco Thruway Changes Makes The Train Inconvenient Now

    Is anyone going to actually cite a source here with a link, or are we just going to keep talking about non-confirmed details?
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    Amtrak 30th St Station PHL Underground Concourse Link w/subways

    Great, thank you for the info, very informative! Is the old opening in the station to the old stairway still visible, or has it been covered up? Are there photos of the tunnel anywhere? I'm curious to see what it looked like...
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    Amtrak 30th St Station PHL Underground Concourse Link w/subways

    So it's the same tunnel, just remodeled and a skylight added?