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  1. penguinflies

    Thin grey (hound) line

    St. Louis -Chicago is also down to 1 direct at 1030am vs what use to be up to 3 directs competing with 2 megabuses. With the withdrawal of the second mo river runner, did greyhound add a bus kc to stl?
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    Calling for upgrade on day of travel?

    I have checked the app before departure and if there was a chance to modify into a better accommodation at a better price I would call in and request the modification. Unofficially say..70% success rate
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    Changes in Missouri Service

    Missouri Govt was in the papers in 2019 for not paying the state funded portion. Amtrak stated service reductions will happen without payment. Guess during covid it was resolved and service was restored with funding through end of 2021.
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    Chicago - St Louis high speed rail

    Was on 300 today. Hopefully further timetable compression can happen as data is gathered to reduce idling at Joliet and Alton. We sat a good amount today at both waiting for our ontime departure. Otherwise it was a nice, smooth ride.
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    Chicago - St Louis high speed rail

    Finally! No more idling at Bloomington and Alton.
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    Excellent offer for Amtrak Mastercard

    Got my November statement which crossed minimum spend threshold. Points bonus are posted on the statement and were deposited into my agr account same day.
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    Chicago Union Station 29oct

    I was taking the first Lincoln Service this morning.
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    Chicago Union Station 29oct

    Great hall and locked lounge door.
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    Chicago Union Station 29oct

    Food level. I did miss a picture of the Starbucks, open and busy by 5:30a.
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    Chicago Union Station 29oct

    I figure most are beginning to travel. Thought I give a pictorial look at what Union Station looks like right now. Lower level-
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    Which way is best way to have business class

    Run from origination point to/from Chicago on anything with the true single level business class. Yes. Some trains sub/ use a superliner coach sometimes and still sell as business class. If superliner equipment..I would just do from chicago. I use to take st. Louis-chicago often. Usually biz...
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    Still around, and ready to ride the rails again!

    I enjoy BC and it's more quiet cabin. Worth $20 upcharge. Free tea is nice as well. In Stl the lounge is called a first class lounge. Guest rewards Select plus and higher member, BC and sleeping class customers are allowed access. Small waters and a clean restroom are the main draws. It is...
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    St. Louis, Missouri (STL)

    Nice. Good tip on snarfs. There is also a chipotle and a starbucks at the corner of Grand and Forest Park Parkway. For the bus, it was a massive realignement on 30sept2019.
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    St. Louis, Missouri (STL)

    Hello just a heads up on the wiki: Metrobus had a huge realignment and most routes no longer serve the destinations listed. Alternates are available. as of 31Jan20: Closest Hotel: Red Lion Inn across from station on 14th street. Union Station is re-opened as an aquarium/hotel/food...
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    Car rentals at Chicago Union Station

    Budget and avis relocated to franklin between jackson and van buruen because the amtrak garage was demolished. Hope this helps. You can also rent from/ hold a free cancellation reservation at midway airport. Just a thought.
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    Denver Union Station to Denver Airport Questions

    Options: Stay downtown next to union station..train next morning. i personally did this. aline takes about 45mins end to end. There are a ton if hotels a 10 minute walk west from the 40/pena stop. a few marriot brands, few hiltons /hyatts, a couple of other lower cost options. Most have...
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    What is current Accommodation charge Acela Business to First WAS-BOS

    Thanks for the updates. For the coupons, I'm in the Chicago market, so my upgrade coupons are valued at the accommodation fee for STL-CHL, which is a max of $21. I found the first fare being $153. x2 value makes the coupons appear more to have more value in NE. For this exercise on using...
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    What is current Accommodation charge Acela Business to First WAS-BOS

    Traveling Acela this Saturday, wondering if anyone could chime in on best value/way to upgrade. Curious if anyone knows what is the accommodation charge Acela first WAS-BOS. Overview: Party of 2. One Passenger is select plus. Able to get club access for early boarding in WAS. We have...
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    Hotel near St Louis station?

    The Red Lion Hotel on 14th is the closest hotel to The Gateway Station. Literally right across the street. Drury Inn at Union Station is also an excellent choice and would be my vote for your stay. If looking on a map. At Market near Jefferson is a Courtyard by Marriott and a Hampton Inn...
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