This is the right answer!I don't think there is a bad roomette on a train!
The last time I detrained in Pittsburgh, in 2017, they had a ticket counter that was staffed, plus wheelchair assistance. Since both the CL and Pennsylvania have baggage cars, they have other staff there to load and unload. Current timetables indicate this has not changed since 2017. There is indoor seating on both the waiting room level and just before you enter the trainshed.I’ve never been outside the station, but I would not say that “they just drop you off in a dark alley”! You make it sound like the train just stops at a grade crossing, opens the door and then leaves. It doesn’t sound like it stops at a station with an agent, has checked baggage service and indoor seating.
But unlike Buffalo or Cleveland, Pittsburghs grand station is just above amtrak.... but converted to an upscale apartment building.It is not what you'd expect for a major city station, for sure, but it has basic amenities. It is "akin" to an Amshack by comparison, but not really that spartan.
Are y'all thinking of the parking area, just off Liberty Ave.? Notice the y'all, not yinz. It's been over 25 years since I was a "yinzer;" Yinz is Pittsburghese for y'all. LOLI might describe it as a dark, partially-covered driveway, rather than alley, but I can understand why one might call it an alley.
Awhile back, my wife and I took the Capitol Limited to Pittsburgh and then walked (c.11PM) to our hotel. No problem. No dark alley. Then we spent two terrific days in Pittsburgh, walked everywhere -- to Fort Pitt at the confluence of the rivers, to a funicular and up it, along the ridge to a restaurant with a stunning view, down the other funicular, to a Pirates game ("we" won), and to a symphony orchestra concert, before taking the CL back to DC.Are y'all thinking of the parking area, just off Liberty Ave.? Notice the y'all, not yinz. It's been over 25 years since I was a "yinzer;" Yinz is Pittsburghese for y'all. LOL
I guess it's dark(ish) in that lot but most "alleys" are like rather narrow single-lane streets. This isn't. You just walk a few steps to the parking lot entrance, cross Liberty Ave., and enter the bus station. The crossing is below and close to the RR bridge the CL uses. (From the lot) to the left is downtown proper. To the right is a gateway to the Strip District, a former farm produce hub which has found a new calling as a nightlife/restaurant/shopping area. https://www.discovertheburgh.com/strip-district-guide/
Liberty Ave. is at least 2 lanes wide right there, possibly more and with a little lighting, so I'm thinking that's not what is being called an alley.
I especially like roomette 14 on the lower level of superliner sleepers -- and often request it when traveing alone -- because it has a blank wall instead of a second window to the hallway. This provides more privacy and less light intrusion into the room at night. So long as there are no rambunctious children in the adjoining family bedroom, it is very quiet also. On my last trip, the family bedroom was unsold, so the SCA used it as his domicle instead of roomette #1 upstairs.I just booked on the Capitol Limited and got a roomette on the 1st level, room#14. Am I bad for keeping it? Should I get a roomette on the 2nd level?
Sounds like a great mini-vaycay. Pittsburgh's downtown, near North Shore, closeby Strip District etc are all very walkable. They have multiple festivals and other events -- ranging from a major arts festival, fireworks, Pride weekends, veterans' and St. Pat's parades, outdoor concerts, etc. that use Point State Park (Fort Pitt). The city has started sporadically closing one of the numerous bridges between downtown and the North Shore so they can be their own public venue for certain events as well. Almost none of this happened back when I lived there; good to see the positive changes. In the past decade the number of people actually choosing to LIVE downtown has exploded (repurposed older buildings, new high rises).Awhile back, my wife and I took the Capitol Limited to Pittsburgh and then walked (c.11PM) to our hotel. No problem. No dark alley. Then we spent two terrific days in Pittsburgh, walked everywhere -- to Fort Pitt at the confluence of the rivers, to a funicular and up it, along the ridge to a restaurant with a stunning view, down the other funicular, to a Pirates game ("we" won), and to a symphony orchestra concert, before taking the CL back to DC.
The only problem: we had to buy two extra hotel rooms, because the CL arrives at 11 and then departs c.5:30AM. But of course coach fare is much cheaper than sleeper fare.
You would think the SCA or conductor would tell the adults to control their kids. They sure have no issue telling me to close my door if I want to listen to music on my cell phone at a low volume (no earphones--can't wear them).My experience with #14 was horrible. The family room was occupied by a family with young kids (which is fine, of course) and their grandparents were in a roomette down the corridor. The problem? They all decided to travel with their doors open. The kids played and made noise, the corridor was their playground, and parents and grandparents chatted back and forth via the corridor. I asked the conductor if I could move upstairs. Fortunately a roomette was available and he moved me.
So obviously, one's experience in #14 may be good or bad -- like most things on Amtrak. It's not a slam dunk either way.