Quantcast

Legacy Club at CUS

Help Support Amtrak Unlimited Discussion Forum:

Devil's Advocate

Sarcastic Misanthrope
Joined
May 24, 2010
Messages
11,702
Location
Texas
If this were LA I could certainly understand the desire to continue using the friendly and well appointed Metro Lounge. Chicago's Metro Lounge is rather tacky and outdated by comparison and is staffed by folks that don't always seem to know Amtrak's own rules and can suddenly turn bossy and abrasive over any random thing that happens to displease them. Personally I look forward to seeing the new Legacy Club with my own eyes once they're in full swing. I don't understand the need to pass judgement and post random hearsay from third parties. If your opinion is based on what somebody else said then maybe you should let them do the posting next time.
 

Bob Dylan

Conductor
Joined
May 31, 2009
Messages
20,654
Location
Austin Texas
Great pics Kevin, thanks for sharing!

While the current Metro Lounge was under going renovation a few years ago, I enjoyed visiting the temporary Lounge which was in part of this space!
 

Railroad Bill

Global Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Jun 28, 2007
Messages
3,579
Location
Northern Ohio
Nice photos Kevin. Will be interested in looking at the lounge, but with the two of us paying $10 or $20@, will probably opt for the Metro Lounge. I can get a lot of Giordanno's pizza for that :p
 

PVD

Conductor
AU Supporter
Joined
Jul 8, 2015
Messages
4,948
Location
NYC/Queens
You will probably have more trouble with high income commuters paying for admission, getting drunk, and throwing their sense of entitlement around than you will ever get from the people paying "first class" fares on Amtrak. I'm not sure I know who the real riff-raff are.
 

Palmetto

Conductor
AU Supporter
Joined
May 12, 2014
Messages
2,065
Location
Miami
You will probably have more trouble with high income commuters paying for admission, getting drunk, and throwing their sense of entitlement around than you will ever get from the people paying "first class" fares on Amtrak. I'm not sure I know who the real riff-raff are.
I'm not so sure high income commuters or anyone else who's worked a full day is interested in delaying by too much their departure for home. Unless home is not a happy place. :unsure:
 

Paul CHI

Service Attendant
Joined
Sep 6, 2008
Messages
140
I can't imagine what a zoo CUS will be during this construction, given what it already is...
 

DetroitTed

Train Attendant
Joined
Dec 20, 2014
Messages
26
Location
Phoenix
For the frequent users something like an annual membership or perhaps a hook in with something like the Priority Pass would be an excellent enhancement worth considering.
I particularly agree with making it available through Priority Pass. In fact, I tried to contact them to make that suggestion, but like most websites, it's close to impossible to even get a working email address to send to ( and I haven't tried since my first failed attempt).
 

PVD

Conductor
AU Supporter
Joined
Jul 8, 2015
Messages
4,948
Location
NYC/Queens
Go to a busy commuter bar and try and make sense of it. Your premise is totally logical, sadly it just doesn't always play out that way.
 

Amtrak Cajun

OBS Chief
Joined
Sep 2, 2012
Messages
681
Location
Lafayette Louisiana
I think this will be a great thing for coach passengers especially. 20 bucks really isnt a bad price for a comfy spot to stay and have some snacks, and the priority boarding thing is nice, even if we still have to do the Kinder walk, at least we can do it before the other coach passengers. :p

Im sad that the Metro Deli is gone though, I enjoyed the food there the last time I went through Meatloaf sandwich was gooood.
 

neroden

Conductor
Joined
Feb 23, 2014
Messages
7,895
Location
Ithaca, NY
I can't imagine what a zoo CUS will be during this construction, given what it already is...
Well, the order of staging appears to be:

(1) Build stuff in the current vacant, closed rooms in the Great Hall,

(2) Open them, vacating the locations in the concourse,

(3) Demolish things in the concourse, opening the space up

So I think it actually won't be that bad.
 

Manny T

OBS Chief
Joined
Jun 7, 2015
Messages
501
Location
Chicago IL
Last edited by a moderator:

SarahZ

Conductor
Joined
May 8, 2011
Messages
8,088
Location
KAL
In connection with our ongoing discussion of the Legacy Club, I thought people might enjoy seeing this picture of the "luxurious coach Amtrak waiting room at CUS" someone just posted on Yelp today. Enjoy :)

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/amtrak-chicago?select=dxSHymNY7HlieB9QTMl5pw

Here's another good one from the same person: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/amtrak-chicago?select=6giq8tpgSGGNjIFtTplccw
Yup. It's even more "luxurious" when it's packed full of people and screaming kids on a 90-degree day and the only solution is a couple of huge box fans.

Waiting in the Great Hall isn't much better - more space, but the skylights create a greenhouse effect, so it's just as warm. <_<
 
Joined
Dec 26, 2014
Messages
2,869
Why is that woman lying on the floor that everyone has walked on and next to a garbage can? I realize she is connecting herself to whatever electronic device she has, but I see this all the time, especially at TRE. Haven't people heard of germs?
 

Devil's Advocate

Sarcastic Misanthrope
Joined
May 24, 2010
Messages
11,702
Location
Texas
Why is that woman lying on the floor that everyone has walked on and next to a garbage can? I realize she is connecting herself to whatever electronic device she has, but I see this all the time, especially at TRE. Haven't people heard of germs?
I've heard of bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and chemical residues. On the other hand I've never really understood what exactly "germs" are supposed to be. Is it anything like a "cootie?" Whenever I see the word "germ" it always seems to be associated with a product that casually promotes widespread antimicrobial resistance.
 
Last edited by a moderator:
Joined
Dec 26, 2014
Messages
2,869
Why is that woman lying on the floor that everyone has walked on and next to a garbage can? I realize she is connecting herself to whatever electronic device she has, but I see this all the time, especially at TRE. Haven't people heard of germs?
I've heard of bacteria. I've heard of viruses. I've heard of fungi. I've heard of parasites. On the other hand I've never really understood what "germs" are supposed to be. Is it anything like a "cootie?"
To those of us nonscientific types, yes. And I bet all that other stuff is on the floor, too! :p
 

SarahZ

Conductor
Joined
May 8, 2011
Messages
8,088
Location
KAL
I'm fairly sure the chairs in that area are just as "germy" as the floor. People put their bags and feet on the chairs.

I've sat on that floor before, as it's common for every seat to be taken. I wash my hands before eating and use hand sanitizer if I can't. So far, I haven't contracted any kind of floor-borne illness. ;)
 

Devil's Advocate

Sarcastic Misanthrope
Joined
May 24, 2010
Messages
11,702
Location
Texas
The primary difference between the chairs and the floor is that the chairs look like they could be easily cleaned by hand while the carpet is basically just a giant immovable sponge that cannot be cleaned thoroughly on a regular basis, at least in practical terms. If Amtrak was serious about keeping the lounge clean they should have used tile or linoleum across the entire floor.

 
Last edited by a moderator:

Manny T

OBS Chief
Joined
Jun 7, 2015
Messages
501
Location
Chicago IL
"Floor borne illness" - something new for me to be phobic about!!

The more I think about it, $20 a pop for the Legacy Club isn't looking so bad!

The most common diseases picked up in Amtrak's coach waiting area are confusion, boredom, irritation and lateness.
 
Last edited by a moderator:
Top