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  1. jebr

    Please Mr. Anderson (sleeping suites in coach?)

    The biggest problem with doing this is that you're not effectively using the space above the seat to maximize area people can use. Thus, you're not going to get much lower than a roomette cost for one, and it'd almost certainly be more economical for two people to share a roomette. I personally...
  2. jebr

    I need your feedback on the New Amtrak Hotel Booking site that accepts Points.

    The Empire Builder is definitely worth the journey from Whitefish to Chicago. There's still the Rockies to go through, "big sky" country in eastern Montana, the Mississippi River between St. Paul and La Crosse, the driftless region between La Crosse and Tomah, and then just coming into Chicago...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    They're still essential links for those that need to get somewhere. Ideally, anyone that can wait to travel will do so, so social distancing can still happen on a shortened consist for those that must travel. It's the same reason that we haven't completely shut down air travel or the interstate...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    Moderator note: The title has been updated to reflect the full nature of the discussion in this thread.
  5. jebr

    Amtrak axle count discussion

    I think (but am not sure) that it has something to do with certain signaling equipment not picking up shorter trains properly on some hosts. It could be a byproduct of an older era where it was a problem, or legacy equipment that just hasn't gotten around to being upgraded. But that's what I...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    This thread needs to stay Amtrak-related. General discussion is to take place in the relevant thread in The Lounge. https://discuss.amtraktrains.com/threads/2020-corona-virus-outbreak-that-began-in-wuhan-china-and-is-spreading.76916/ Some off topic posts have been hidden, and any further ones...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    Remember that this thread is specific to impacts on Amtrak. On that note, Amtrak is making service adjustments, including suspending the Acela Nonstop service until after Memorial Day. https://media.amtrak.com/2020/03/amtrak-takes-active-measures-to-maintain-safe-environment/
  8. jebr

    Increased Security Presence on Trains

    Again, this thread is only for discussion of Amtrak Police, specifically its reported increased presence on the trains. All other discussion must take place in a new or appropriate existing thread, in the appropriate section (non-transportation issues generally belong in The AU Lounge.)
  9. jebr

    More restrictive ticketing non refundable no changes coming March 1, 2020

    Details, from the Washington Post: Effective March 1: Saver fares are "use it or lose it" after an initial 24-hour window after ticket purchase. Value fares will be subject to a 25% cancellation fee or 15% change fee if changes are made within two weeks of departure. No changes to flexible or...
  10. jebr

    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    I still find the comparison to a hotel for that additional time a bit hard to justify. As a comparison, traveling SAN - MSP takes three nights, assuming no delays for missed connections. The cost is around $900 at low bucket, and goes up as high as nearly $1400. Flights start at around $100 -...
  11. jebr

    New National Menu February, 2020

    Yeah, I also haven't seen any mass-market grocery store or restaurant not offering pork products specifically. Even the local co-ops offer it here in the Twin Cities. Certain ethnic stores and restaurants may not offer it, but even there I've never found it to be very in-your-face about it.
  12. jebr

    Reasons to take Cap Ltd + NE Regional over Lake Shore Ltd?

    The biggest downfall towards doing the transfer would be the potential for missed connections. If you're connecting same-day from a western LD train, the LSL is a far more doable connection. Along with that, the connection from the Cap to 178 is missed about 9% of the time, at least according to...
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    SEPTA pulls PCC trolleys out of service for at least a year

    Atlanta also has the extremely frustrating problem of having a completely separate fare structure and no pass products other than a single-day pass. MARTA still runs duplicate bus service over the eastern half of the route as well, even though the route doesn't extend significantly further east...
  14. jebr

    What are the best and worst commuter rails in the U.S.?

    The problem I have with that sort of service is that often there's no fallback bus service during that window. On many lines it may not be terribly efficient, but even having something as an obvious fallback when missing the last train of the night (that won't cost significantly more, as a...
  15. jebr

    Kansas City lodging?

    The reviews on Google Maps look reasonable. I've given up on TripAdvisor for my hotel searches - their reviews are about the same quality lately as Yelp reviews are for hotels (that is - very skewed towards negative reviews without enough counterbalance with normal reviews to be useful) and...
  16. jebr

    No more transfer points to Choice Hotels?

    The Choice transfer program isn't a terrible transfer if you're eligible for it, and you use points decently well within the Choice chain of hotels. I've gotten a points value of over a penny per point before, though arguably the highest value of a Choice point should be 3/4 of a cent, since you...
  17. jebr

    Protestors need to be arrested and banned from the MTA

    Thousands of people die in motor vehicle crashes each year. Their travel is subsidized heavily with tax revenue, and their use causes a disproportionate share of carbon emissions. Methinks the problem isn't some protesters trying to make the subway fare-free.
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    NYCT Chief Andy Byford resigns: How he improved NYC transit

    I was being a bit tongue in cheek with the suggestion of also banning ride hail and taxis. They do add more congestion on a per-rider basis, but I think ensuring bus-only lanes wherever congestion occurs would be enough to alleviate that issue for transit riders. Fully agree on congestion...
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    NYCT Chief Andy Byford resigns: How he improved NYC transit

    Only when roads and car drivers actually pay for the full cost (including capital cost and land value) to build and operate roadways. Cars clog up the road far more than buses do. Eliminate private vehicle operation in Manhattan, and traffic would likely be less. If we also removed ridehail...
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