Worst Amtrak Station?

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dlagrua

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Hillsborough, NJ
Over the years we've arrived and departed from some small "Amshacks" but we must look at the overall picture. A congress that never supported and funded the service as they should have , management that is hostile to long distance rail, does not emphasize customer service, avoids marketing and looks to provide the cheapest bad tasting food while charging sky high sleeper prices. Is there even a plan for investing on the Western routes to improve them? If new Superliners are not put in the plan soon, LD travel will just fade away. As for that "regional rail" plan that we always hear about, where will the freight RR tracks be made available to expand that service?
 

Carolyn Jane

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Coastal GA
About that station in Tampa... Yes, it is a classic design...But we arrived there back in 2017 via AmBus, and there was nothing. We couldn't even get a cab to our hotel. The hotel finally had to send us the bus they use as a shuttle for a small fee. Calling for a taxi got us nowhere. CJ
 

gtalum

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About that station in Tampa... Yes, it is a classic design...But we arrived there back in 2017 via AmBus, and there was nothing. We couldn't even get a cab to our hotel. The hotel finally had to send us the bus they use as a shuttle for a small fee. Calling for a taxi got us nowhere. CJ
The area is much different today than it was in 2017. Just look at Google maps. Development is starting to surround the station where there was nothing but empty lots and dangerous housing projects before.

Downtown and the Channel District in Tampa have gone through explosive development in the last few years, largely because of Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeffrey Vinik. The station sits kind of in a corner formed by the two areas. It's also just a few blocks from Ybor City, our old town and a major nightlife district.
 
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