Coach on the Zephyr seems to be sold out for a test booking on June 22. A roomette is $387.I only started riding the train a few years ago, so I am new to the joke that is Amtrak. It's hard to imagine people who rely on it.
I live in Denver and like to go up to Glenwood Springs, CO a few times a year. Sometimes I drove the 160 miles and sometimes I booked a room on Amtrak. I used to pay around $300 each way. Pricey, but worth it to avoid the drive. When I recently heard that congress had awarded Amtrak $50 billion or so, I knew bad things were coming.
Sure enough, when I looked that the prices they were $500+ each way, so I drove to Glenwood.
Yesterday I thought I'd watch the 12:10 PM eastbound train to Chicago come through. It actually arrived at 9:00 PM and left at 9:33! (On-time for Amtrak, I guess). If I had booked my return trip on Amtrak I would have arrived in Denver at 3 AM and missed both included meals. All that for $1000. For that kind of money I should receive first class service. Of course I wouldn't have.
Our national railroad, Amtrak, is a national embarrassment and I don't think it will ever be fixed. The people of Burundi would be ashamed of such a railroad.
A test booking for July 13 shows the coach fare to be $89.
Road mileage is 158 miles. Using the IRS rate for operating costs of a personal car for business use ($0.585/mile), the cost of driving is $92.43.