COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

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gwolfdog

Train Attendant
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Mar 27, 2020
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Thank you and others for the input. This is a 100% pleasure trip. Selfish. But my fear is that the stars won't align in the future. Amtrak may further gut service. At some point, the classes I'm taking will shift from online to in person (giving me less flexibility with timing). And I may not have this much vacation time from my job in the future. So yeah, I may be being selfish here -- but people on this forum would understand (better than friends and colleagues) the lure of making this trip :)

I hear you regarding the multiple opinions. One minute, I read the news and I see the cases spiking and everyone being scolded to stay home (as we in NYC have done for 3+ months). Another minute, I chat with people on Instagram whom I see are riding in the coaches, and they feel everything is safe and would do it again.

I'm going to chat with a friend who is a nurse in Seattle on the front lines of everything (and he'll probably say don't do it ... but we'll see).
I wouldn't call you selfish, unless you're one of the drunks in a bar with no mask on, shown on CNN every 10 minutes. I'm down the road from you in Syracuse and luckily we share the same Governor. I wore gloves a mask and probably a Hazmat Suit if I could of found one. But I'm High risk, (except in most of the South) You sound smart enough too take care of yourself with minimal risk to others.
 
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I wouldn't call you selfish, unless you're one of the drunks in a bar with no mask on, shown on CNN every 10 minutes.
Haha no, that's not me at all. In fact, I'm coming to terms with the idea that this may not be best right now. I had two alternate plans and I'm not even sure those are wise: Plan B was to make the CZ trip with some stops for hiking/biking and fly back east from the Bay Area -- and NOT visit my parents and put them at risk, and instead maybe take a completely different week to fly and see them. Plan C is to just take three days and ride the Capitol Limited to Chicago, have a quick shower, bike ride and an Italian beef sandwich, and ride the Cardinal back. (I've done the Lake Shore Limited westbound 3x but never the other two.)

The more I look at the news, the more I think Plan B isn't wise ... still thinking about Plan C. Fortunately, it's something that wouldn't require much planning, so I can do it if numbers look better.

Unfortunately, I don't see things getting better until we have vaccine. I am low risk, 40 and in good health, but I've heard/read some rough stories about this virus from people in seemingly good health.
 

Ferroequinologist

Train Attendant
Joined
Jan 18, 2016
Messages
57
Thank you and others for the input. This is a 100% pleasure trip. Selfish. But my fear is that the stars won't align in the future. Amtrak may further gut service. At some point, the classes I'm taking will shift from online to in person (giving me less flexibility with timing). And I may not have this much vacation time from my job in the future. So yeah, I may be being selfish here -- but people on this forum would understand (better than friends and colleagues) the lure of making this trip :)

I hear you regarding the multiple opinions. One minute, I read the news and I see the cases spiking and everyone being scolded to stay home (as we in NYC have done for 3+ months). Another minute, I chat with people on Instagram whom I see are riding in the coaches, and they feel everything is safe and would do it again.

I'm going to chat with a friend who is a nurse in Seattle on the front lines of everything (and he'll probably say don't do it ... but we'll see).
I think it's safe in sleepers, especially a Bedroom that has its own toilet or a Viewliner Roomette for the same reason. Long haul coach, much less so.
 

Michigan Mom

OBS Chief
Joined
Jan 28, 2012
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We just cancelled our annual 4th of July excursion to the Windy City. At the time the bookings were made, infections were trending down in both MI and IL. Developments over the last few days have not been encouraging, and there are so many uncertainties regarding travel and modes of infection, that it doesn't seem like a vacation, so kind of defeats the purpose.
I know quite a few people who have to travel frequently to help care for their parents, be it by car, train, or plane. For their sake I am grateful for the precautions that are in place, and I also wouldn't fault anyone who did decide to take a pleasure trip. I just think it better for me to stay home for now.
 
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