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Re: High-speed rail opposition -- in states that won it

The high speed rail grants are for RAIL period..... If Ohio, Wisconsin and yes even Florida do not see fit to use them for rail, they should be required to return them for use where they will be appreciated. They are required to return the funds if they don't build and operate the train for a set p...
by AlanB
Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:09 pm
 
Forum: General Discussion - Passenger Rail
Topic: High-speed rail opposition -- in states that won it
Replies: 38
Views: 5505

Re: success for diner-lite cars on corridor/medium distance

What are the manpower requirements for the Superliner fleet, Diners and Cross Country Lounge, and Heritage Diners? I'm really not interested what happens on West Coast trains, but if you wish to include them go ahead. Ever since the start of the SDS program, which also gave us the diner-lite cars a...
by AlanB
Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:29 pm
 
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: success for diner-lite cars on corridor/medium distance
Replies: 19
Views: 1963

Re: success for diner-lite cars on corridor/medium distance

R36, you are correct. The VIA crew boards with their own stuff for the cafe and in fact it's one of the few times that one can actually buy a can of Coke while in an Amtrak car. So that might create a small issue for the Diner-Lite car, but I'm sure that it could be overcome. And in fact the greater...
by AlanB
Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:23 pm
 
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: success for diner-lite cars on corridor/medium distance
Replies: 19
Views: 1963

Re: New York to Orlando

once your on your way, wait till your in philly/baltimore or dc to see if you can upgrade to a roomette. It there's one available you will wish you had from the start. I did it back in 2007 with the wife. Huge relief being able to sleep on a bed and not a chair. Mr. Peanut, while once upon a time, ...
by AlanB
Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:02 pm
 
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: New York to Orlando
Replies: 36
Views: 3828

Re: success for diner-lite cars on corridor/medium distance

Assuming that replacements could be found or built so that the LD's currently using the Diner-Lite cars could retain cafe service, then yes, I could see an advantage to placing the D-L's on trains like the Palmetto, Leaf, Vermonter, Carolinian, and such. On the corridor I think it would be a waste. ...
by AlanB
Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:31 pm
 
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: success for diner-lite cars on corridor/medium distance
Replies: 19
Views: 1963

Re: Amtrak Trip report 9-25-10 (downeaster service)

jp1822, The Downeaster still uses what Amtrak calls the Club-Dinette car, which as you noted was a former Metroliner FC car with the 2 & 1 seating. One end had the seats taken out and tables installed, while the other end retains those very nice seats now with a faux leather covering instead of ...
by AlanB
Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:14 pm
 
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Trip report 9-25-10 (downeaster service)
Replies: 7
Views: 1281

Re: Second Vancouver Train To Cont. (Mod: 2nd train to VAC e

I have a problem about the cost itself as well, but to be fair, CBSA does charge airports for certain aspects of their services. And US CBP charges on each international passenger a fee for entry into the US as well. Its a line item on plane tickets; I would be curious to see if its in the Amtrak t...
by AlanB
Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:25 pm
 
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Pre Clearance of Trains at Canadian - US Border
Replies: 23
Views: 2669

Re: Second Vancouver Train To Cont. (Mod: 2nd train to VAC e

I have no objection to changing the Adirondack to Lucien and doing customs on the ground there. I do object to CBSA wanting Amtrak to pay for the facility. As for the Maple Leaf, there really is no way to isolate the train, since it makes stops through Canada and in fact is operated by VIA Rail. I d...
by AlanB
Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:57 pm
 
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Pre Clearance of Trains at Canadian - US Border
Replies: 23
Views: 2669

Pre Clearance of Trains at Canadian - US Border

I also remember something that the break down on the CBSA charges broke down to something like 10 dollars a passenger. It might sound crazy, but there COULD be a fee added per ticket to make up for the cost. No one wants to go down that road for a number of reasons. Things like, what happens if you...
by AlanB
Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:13 pm
 
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Pre Clearance of Trains at Canadian - US Border
Replies: 23
Views: 2669

Re: 421/321/21 One train? Two trains? Three Trains?

Since you can select Upper or Lower level Superliner coach seats, all that is needed is Upper and Lower classes of sleeping rooms. Is there enough capacity in Arrow for that? Probably; but why bother. Much better to go all out and simply modify the Acela routines to handle sleepers. Can Jullie's su...
by AlanB
Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:09 pm
 
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: 421/321/21 One train? Two trains? Three Trains?
Replies: 13
Views: 2317

Re: 421/321/21 One train? Two trains? Three Trains?

So long as limitations of the ARROW system are being addressed here and Alan B appears to have experience with the System's workings, would it be reasonable to modify such so that a Sleeping Car passenger could select a room when booking on-line? Mr. Norman, my understanding is that it would be rel...
by AlanB
Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:56 am
 
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: 421/321/21 One train? Two trains? Three Trains?
Replies: 13
Views: 2317

Re: Second Vancouver Train To Cont. (Mod: 2nd train to VAC e

I won't blame Canada for wanting payment for the extra expense of maintaining extra custom officials at the border for the additional train, but it is time for British Columbia to step up and put some of their own money into the train. I blame them. Let's put aside for a minute the idea of just how...
by AlanB
Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:22 am
 
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: All Things Cascades incl Vancouver
Replies: 459
Views: 133140

Re: E-Ticketing Coming Summer 2011

sorry, I was thinking of multirides. still, I wouldn't think they would know what train someone actually boarded. If I buy an unreserved ticket for the 6:45 but take the 815, the ticket will tell them the wrong train unless the batches of coding are marked by train numbers (possible, but perhaps un...
by AlanB
Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:08 am
 
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak E-Commerce (was e-ticketing) and Apps
Replies: 224
Views: 35598

Re: 421/321/21 One train? Two trains? Three Trains?

jobtraklite hit the nail on the head, ARROW cannot subtract inventory or add it in the middle of the route. If you tell ARROW that train #21 has 3 coaches, it will sell seats from CHI to SAS or any up-line destination south of STL until it runs out of seats. With one coach coming off in STL, that co...
by AlanB
Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:11 am
 
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: 421/321/21 One train? Two trains? Three Trains?
Replies: 13
Views: 2317

Re: New Illinois trains

bmichel5581 wrote:I also see that the River Runners had a terrific July: 22,039 anyone know if that's a record?


Past July's:

2003 - 13,398
2004 - 13,094
2005 - 13,844
2006 - 9,347 Ouch!
2007 - 11,878
2008 - 18,615
2009 - 17,537
by AlanB
Sat Sep 11, 2010 1:29 pm
 
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Illinois Amtrak Service
Replies: 1268
Views: 362304
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