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    Thruway connection from Empire Builder in Portland

    I'm quite new to riding Amtrak trains (only been in them a handful of times going to/from Chicago - which I loved) I'm planning a long trip from Southern Illinois to Corvallis, Oregon. Riding the Empire Builder from Chicago to Portland seems simple enough, but I'm very confused about shuttle...
  2. Willbridge

    DEN<>PDX on Greyhound in 1997

    Recently I turned up my post-Pioneer trip report on a Greyhound trip between Denver and Portland. It's interesting in that they were still running two through schedule patterns on US40 and two more on I-80 between Denver and Salt Lake City via Cheyenne. In addition, there was one through...
  3. Willbridge

    Coast Starlight in winter?

    It's less known outside of the region, but there are times when the Coast Starlight offers snow scenes and challenges comparable to the Rockies or the other Cascades crossings. Opened in 1927, the Cascades Line between Dunsmuir and Eugene through Klamath Falls and Oakridge bypasses the original...
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    Amtrak long distance fares 2021-2023

    The low bucket price on the Southwest Chief from Chicago to Los Angeles for one is $899,up from $623 last week. The other Western trains,the California Zephyr and the Empire Builder are still at $563 and $529 to their end points from Chicago. Is there any logical explanation for the huge spike...
  5. Willbridge

    Fun with revenue optimization

    Having had some experience with fares for transit operations and tours over the years it's interesting to follow fares on Amtrak routes that I'm long familiar with. PDX<>SEA is no longer "$4.95 round-trip - less than a tank of gas!" as it was on Pool trains and Greyhound and Trailways when I...
  6. Willbridge

    BOLT hands off to Mother Greyhound

    BOLT (aka Greyhound) "indefinitely" ends Cascades service: BoltBus, the Affordable Bus Service That Would Ferry Portlanders as Far North as Vancouver, B.C., Has Shut Down Indefinitely BoltBus The Greyhound booking website for July 5th shows that they have added a second GL trip to SEA<>PDX...