Lamy Station Destaffed Again

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As far as I know you cannot use points to book an Amtrak trip to Santa Fe using the Lamy - Santa Fe shuttle. You can use points to get to or from Lamy but not to or from Santa Fe. On our 2018 trip we purchased LA to Santa Fe Amtrak tickets for the trip on No. 4 which included the shuttle to Santa Fe.

However, after our stopover in Santa Fe the remainder of our trip (Lamy to Boston) was purchased with points but we could not use points to go from Santa Fe to Lamy. We made reservations with the Shuttle separately and had to pay them directly.

However I don't know if that is still possible. The Roadrunner Shuttle site indicates that tickets must be booked through Amtrak and that "The Roadrunner Shuttle only services the Lamy Station on days when Amtrak notifies us of advance reservations."
 

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If someone has a carrier other than those three, they may experience issues. That doesn't mean there is "no cell coverage", though. :)
I'll also add that basically every US cell phone provider partners with at least one of those three to provide coverage. If it's a regional provider like US Cellular, they partner with the other three (at varying degrees of preference) to ensure "nationwide coverage" for their customers. If it's a prepaid company like Mint Mobile or Red Pocket, they'll have an agreement with one (or more) of those companies as well to provide the coverage.

That said, whenever practical Amtrak should offer free wi-fi and some sort of phone connectivity, particularly at unstaffed stations. The phone could be programmed to only allow calls to certain numbers (perhaps Amtrak plus local numbers) or for a reasonable call length limit - I know MSP airport has free phones which have a 10-minute time limit and are open to any local or toll-free calls. Many cell phones also offer wi-fi calling, so simply having wi-fi there would let people call and text in and out as needed.
 
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I'll also add that basically every US cell phone provider partners with at least one of those three to provide coverage. If it's a regional provider like US Cellular, they partner with the other three (at varying degrees of preference) to ensure "nationwide coverage" for their customers. If it's a prepaid company like Mint Mobile or Red Pocket, they'll have an agreement with one (or more) of those companies as well to provide the coverage.

That said, whenever practical Amtrak should offer free wi-fi and some sort of phone connectivity, particularly at unstaffed stations. The phone could be programmed to only allow calls to certain numbers (perhaps Amtrak plus local numbers) or for a reasonable call length limit - I know MSP airport has free phones which have a 10-minute time limit and are open to any local or toll-free calls. Many cell phones also offer wi-fi calling, so simply having wi-fi there would let people call and text in and out as needed.
I believe the original post (on another list) indicated that there was wi-fi at the station in Lamy but it was password protected so of no use. to passengers.
 

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I'd recommend that people get off in Lamy if going to Santa Fe but I'd be more hesitant to suggest to people that they leave from there as an unmanned station with few services in the area and intermittant or non-existent cell service is a problem if the departure train is late - especially if significantly late. Better to depart out of ABQ where the station is in walking distance to downtown restaurants and hotels and the Amtrak station is also the RailRunner Station and the central city bus transfer point as well as being a short bus ride to Old Town where one can kill a lot of hours if the train is really late.
I've booked Amtrak's shuttle (provided by Roadrunner) Lamy to Santa Fe and again Santa Fe to Lamy two days later to continue our trip west. Can I assume the shuttle will match the train times even if the train is late either day?
 
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I've booked Amtrak's shuttle (provided by Roadrunner) Lamy to Santa Fe and again Santa Fe to Lamy two days later to continue our trip west. Can I assume the shuttle will match the train times even if the train is late either day?
I am not sure about that and it may be worthwhile to call the Roadrunner Shuttle to confirm how they operate. My understanding is that they do wait at Lamy for a late train so incoming passengers bound for Santa Fe should be fine.

However I am concerned that it may be a different situation with outbound passengers from Santa Fe to Lamy. The practice in the past has been that you are supposed to call the shuttle a day before your departure. They will confirm your reservation and will tell you what time they will pick you up at your hotel. The pick up time in our experience is usually between noon and 1 p.m. I am not sure if the shuttle adjusts their schedule to the train schedule so if your train is running late the shuttle may still pick you up at the normal time and transport you to Lamy where you might have a long wait for your train.

Hopefully others have experience with how the shuttle operates when there is a late train.
 
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