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    Amtrak Line Plans FY20-25 Released

    My local service (the new haven - Springfield line) has actually gained some coaches in the last couple weeks. The 400 series trains (“Hartford Line”/“Valley Flyer”) We’re running with three cars this week.
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    I would agree. While I do sometimes try to be the eternal optimist on this and while I don’t find food to be the overwhelming draw of the train for me, (For me it’s the adventure and sitting in my room and watching the world go by) I am a millennial and I would rather the traditional dining.
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    i went back and read it too. I don’t really read flexible dining when I read that. It sounds more like they had an idea for a tiered level of service that would appeal to different groups of riders while flex dining is clearly the plan for the eastern routes. I think they are stating here that...
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    My reading of the five year service line plan was not that flex dining would be expanded to all routes. It was that flex dining was the plan for the eastern routes (in a single modified Viewliner II food service car) and that the western routes would continue to have traditional offerings with...
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    Amtrak suspends Express Shipping

    Seems like this could be a fairly cheap service in some circumstances and could be useful if the shipping parties were both convenient to a station. But not surprising to see it suspended with the planned reduction to thrice weekly long distance service which further removes any utility it had...
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    I guess if the dog food departs the Acela but not the western diners when all is said and done we will know. I’m not 100% convinced yet it will never return to any of the routes, but i also won’t bet any money on that either - this is Amtrak after all.. I mean who knows if they think they can...
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    I will say that Amtrak is not the only place that has reverted to pre packaged meals during the pandemic. My entire dining service where I work at a university is 100% pre packaged no to order or cafeteria style meals allowed for the fall semester. As I have said before I don’t think it is...
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    I won’t be waging any money on any particular outcome of course. I’d rather it return for my cross country trip next June but if it doesn’t I’ll still go. I still love the train and the adventure (and detest flying) regardless of food and this will be my first “crossing.”
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    I wouldn't be surprised if we see the dining service come back to some, but possibly not all, of the western routes. We'll just have to wait and see.
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    Daily service (maybe)

    Although infrastructure spending is important and I can see the idea of doing everything 3x weekly and putting all the money into capital, part of the idea from congress’ prospective of keeping the trains daily is probably to avoid the layoffs involved (as well as not risking losing the time...
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    Safety and environmental issues with Amtrak's Flex Dining concept

    Yep I believe when they were first brought in to replace in house staff at my school it was Marriott.
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    Safety and environmental issues with Amtrak's Flex Dining concept

    Yep management and outsourcing is their game - we used to have Sodexo at my college campus. Sometimes those guys will run the program for you using in house labor, and sometimes they do it all in our case all our food service staff was Sodexo employees. We gave them the boot a couple years ago...
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    Safety and environmental issues with Amtrak's Flex Dining concept

    I'm sure there's some smaller outfits around.. but the big three are Aramark, Sodexo, and Compass. Any one of them can basically do whatever you want them to. They can purchase stuff from any supplier you want and as you've pointed out make any level quality of meals - it's all what you're...
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    Safety and environmental issues with Amtrak's Flex Dining concept

    Is Sysco who they buy food from or do they actually manage commissaries for them? They very well may have an outsourcing arm I am not aware of but I know they are primarily a supplier. On the flip side I don't think Aramark actually sells food supplies they just prepare meals. At least around...
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    Safety and environmental issues with Amtrak's Flex Dining concept

    Aramark and Sysco are actually not exactly the same thing. Aramark's core business is as a food service outsourcing provider (for example outsourcing running your cafeteria, kitchen, or commissary instead of running it in-house - they also do outsourcing of facilities management.) While Sysco is...
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    Eastern Sleeping Car Passengers Pre-Order Meals

    One of the things about flexible dining I believe it was a letter from the VP back last fall indicated that when pre-ordering for flex dining became available coach purchases would become available through a similar pre-ordering system. We shall see if it happens
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    Amtrak CEO live stream broadcast Monday

    DId anyone hear Bill Flynn's Washington Post interview today? You can watch it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/washington-post-live-amtrak-ceo-william-flynn/
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak Food Service Discussion

    Still lacking majorly in the breakfast department and also as many have pointed out no lighter sandwich or similar choices for lunch. I must confess I actually kind of like the jimmy dean sandwiches but I have to imagine they get quite old after day 2 or 3.
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak Food Service Discussion

    This was badly needed For the western trains. With the added items (provided they taste acceptable) as much as I hate to admit it I could probably deal with The flex dining on a longer route. Will find out in October when I first sample flex dining (silver service to Florida.)
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak Food Service Discussion

    Permanent is a long time, but probably at least as long as Covid is suppressing ridership. We shall see if it goes beyond that. Alternatively I could also see them playing games and only restoring traditional dining on a couple “preferred trains” and not the others. They have talked about an...
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