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A government-owned passenger rail corporation in the United States.

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What is the state of train travel in USA?

I'm planning to go to the USA for some months. I'd like to travel there by train, but I heard that trains aren't really widely used in USA. So my questions are: How is the rail network in the USA? Is ...
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Amtrak Cascades from Seattle to Vancouver - What is the border crossing like northbound?

I'm pondering using the Amtrack Cascades train to get from Seattle up to Vancouver. The ticket price seems pretty good, the views are supposed to be great, and it seems to be fairly quick too! When ...
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In 1 inch (2.5 cm) of snow, would Amtrak be much faster than a bus?

Traveling from Boston to New York Tuesday night. Light snow forcasted. (What speed would a bus drive? MPH. What speed would a train ride? MPH)
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Are there electrical outlets in the sleeper cars of the California Zephyr?

I will be taking the California Zephyr the entire journey, and I planned on getting a lot of work done on my laptop during the journey. I will be staying in a roomette, I've taken Amtrak on the North ...
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When does Amtrak assign reserved seats?

I just booked my first Amtrak ticket ever for a trip in mid-September, and the email I got says I have "1 reserved coach seat," but I don't see a seat number or anything to give me a unique seat ...
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Is it worth booking Amtrak in advance?

Do Amtrak prices vary depending on how far in advance you book them, or are they the same price up until the day of travel?
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Map showing what parts of an Amtrak route are traversed during daylight

I remember seeing a map of individual Amtrak routes that showed which parts of the train route were traversed in daylight for each direction. I've looked on Amtrak's website and checked the schedules ...
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How rigorous are Amtrak in enforcing luggage rules?

Looking at Amtrak trains between NY and Boston, I found that all had "no checked luggage" save for a midnight train (less than ideal for a relaxing vacation). Looking at this reference, it's not ...
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Unlimited Greyhound or Amtrak trips in US/Canada?

I've heard mention of 'limitless' tickets in North America, either by bus or train. Do these exist? What are the conditions and prices?
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Will Amtrak honor a saver ticket from an earlier station when other saver tickets are sold out?

I'm buying a train ticket on the long-distance Amtrak Empire Builder train that runs Chicago-Milwaukee-...-St. Paul-... I'm traveling from Milwaukee to St. Paul. All the saver tickets are sold out. ...
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Can I bring a bear spray from the US to Canada?

While hiking in the US, I bought a bear spray. However, I never used it. Now I'm taking an Amtrak train from the US to Canada and I'd like to take the bear spray with me. Am I allowed to do that? ...
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Does Amtrak send passport information to the CBP so exits from the US can be recorded?

I am considering flying to New York, spending a week there, and then going to Montreal or Toronto for a week before flying home. For those who don't know, when entering the US by air, the CBP (US ...
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Amtrak shared roomettes — am I allowed to sell the unused bed to another traveller?

In Europe, a common option on sleep trains is to book night accommodation in space shared with one or more strangers. This is cheaper than a private compartment, but more expensive than having only a ...
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Why is Amtrak so expensive in the Northeastern US?

Why is Amtrak so expensive in the Northeast US? I just looked up a train from New London, CT to Boston, MA (a 2-hour car trip): the round trip cost for two people was $200. Traveling by rail in ...
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Carrying poster tube on Amtrak trains

I am presenting at a conference in March and plan to get there by train. The ride is short, so there is no checked luggage, and you're only allowed to have two carry-on bags. The poster tube obviously ...
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Amtrak “large sharp objects” restriction: Are small knives included?

The Amtrak list of prohibited items includes the following: Large sharp objects such as axes, ice picks and swords Does this include small knives (such as a Victorinox SwissChamp, with a 2.5-inch ...
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Do any rental car companies provide pickup at the Amtrak Union Station in LA?

Do any rental car companies provide pickup at the Amtrak Union Station in LA? I'll be arriving at 9:00 PM with my 5-year-old son, so I'd rather not have to then take the subway to LAX or walk ...
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Booking Roomettes on Amtrak

My wife and I were planning on travelling from Albany to Chicago aboard the Lakeshore Limited Amtrak train. The price differential between 2 seats and a roomette was minimal so we thought we'd buy the ...
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Amtrak on-time statistics for arbitrary stations?

I've heard that trains in the USA are often very late, for a variety of reasons; see e.g. What is the state of train travel in the USA? and its answers. But then again, the only country where I haven'...
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Is wifi available on the Amtrak Southwest Chief?

Is wifi available if I get the cheapest ticket on the "4 Southwest Chief" train? I looked at https://www.amtrak.com/services/contentService.iblegacy.routes.southwest-chief.html couldn't find any info
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Can you get on an Amtrak train at a later station?

If I buy an Amtrak ticket from say Pontiac, MI to Chicago, can I get on the train at Detroit (three short stations down) if I happen to be closer to Detroit at departure time?
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Amtrak train rerouted through final destination of intermodal itinerary — is there any way to avoid backtracking?

Last week, I rode AMT005 (the westbound California Zephyr) from Omaha to Salt Lake City as part of an itinerary that went as follows: Omaha to SLC via Denver and the Central Corridor on AMT005 SLC to ...
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Dinner service out of Los Angeles on Amtrak Southwest Chief

Is dinner served in the dining car of the Southwest Chief after it leaves Los Angeles going eastbound at 6:15 pm? I'm asking because usually dinner service starts earlier on Amtrak trains.
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Does the Amtrak SW Chief serve breakfast prior to arrival in LA?

Amtrack runs a passenger train from Chicago, IL through to Los Angeles, CA. This is an almost 2 day trip, with meals provided in a dining car. Since LA arrival is in the morning is breakfast served ...
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How busy is the Boston to New York Amtrak?

One of the answers to How rigorous are Amtrak in enforcing luggage rules? made me wonder how busy the Boston to New York train gets at the various points of day? Also, what is busier: weekdays versus ...
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What are the limiting times at an Amtrak train to get respective meals?

When booking a roomette on an Amtrak train, meals are included. Based on the time of boarding and detraining, how do I know if I'm entitled to a particular meal the same day? For example, if I arrive ...
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How can I select seats on Amtrak train?

This is my first Amtrak trip. I am travelling from Pittsburgh, PA to New York City, NY on the Pennsylvanian; and then from New York City, NY to Washington DC on the Acela Express. Both the tickets are ...
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Getting from Denver Amtrak to Fort Collins

The eastbound Amtrak arrives Denver 6:38 PM (18:38 PT). How can I get to Fort Collins from there? The Super Shuttle runs roughly hourly from Denver International Airport to Fort Collins, but the ...
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Amtrak Code-share with United Airlines [closed]

I just read this blog post which describes a scenario where booking a flight at United's web site offers a connecting "flight" which is actually an Amtrak train. Although the itinerary starts at DAY (...
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Can you stretch a Coast Starlight ticket over multiple days?

In September myself and a friend will be travelling from LA up to San Francisco via train, stopping at San Luis Obispo (to see Pismo beach mainly) and later at Salinas (to travel to Monterey and ...
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Amtrak - Why can she not buy two tickets for herself?

I know this has been discussed for airlines. But on Amtrak (the American passenger rail system), I was traveling Cascades from Portland to Seattle, and the woman in front of me had purchased two ...
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Coast Starlight delays

I'll be taking the Coast Starlight tomorrow from Los Angeles to San Jose. The train is supposed to arrive at 8:11pm at San Jose, but I have heard that the train is frequently (very?) late. Is there ...
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Getting to Buffalo Depew Amtrak in the evening

I would like to catch the westbound Lake Shore Limited that departs Buffalo-Depew station at 23:59 (11:59 PM). Is there any public transit from downtown Buffalo around this time (specifically, from ...
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How do I go about making stops in the middle of California Zephyr route?

Many articles about the California Zephyr, for example: Catching the slow train to Frisco for a glimpse of America's pioneering spirit described that the author made several stops (like 24-hour) stops ...
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How safe is Baltimore Washington Airport Amtrak station at night?

I am taking Amtrak train from New York Penn Station to Baltimore Washington International Airport Amtrak station next month. I am reaching BWI Airport Amtrak station at 2AM. After getting down from ...
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Amtrak Capitol Corridor single ride tickets — are they bound to a specific run?

So, in the not-so-distant future, we have a very short jaunt on an Amtrak Capital Corridor train as part of a larger itinerary (that, a BART ride, and a stroll are saving us a car rental here). ...
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What hidden benefits does business class on Amtrak Cascades offer?

The Riders Guide describes the difference on board between Coach and Business but these seem marginal. Are there any more...?
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Getting from Emeryville, CA to Mountain View, CA with significant luggage

Suppose that I am in Emeryville, CA, USA at 4-5 PM, having just stepped off the Amtrak California Zephyr train. How can I get to western Mountain View, CA with luggage including a large suitcase (28" ×...
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Transfer time from Amtrak to EWR terminal B

My international flight (inbound, back to the EU) departs from EWR at 17:55 (on a Saturday, December 1). Taking into account usual train delays as well as time for the AirTrain and security and ...
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Amtrak Seating NY to DC

We are traveling from NY to DC in January. Their website is confusing. Different fares listed for what appears to be the same type of seats. Can I reserve specific seats or are they first come first ...
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Where is the Capitol Corridor bus stop for the Moscone Center located?

The Amtrak map online says it is at 747 Howard St in San Francisco, but I am looking around and I don't see any bus stop indicators.
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Place to quickly find Amtrak fares for multiple days?

There are a lot of sites that can show you air fares over a range of dates, some of them up to a month. But where can I find something vaguely like that for Amtrak? I'd like to go what ever day is ...
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How are zone-boundary cities treated for the purpose of redemption travel?

Take a look at the zone map Amtrak provides for travel based on redemption of reward points. Some cities, like Wolf Point, Denver, Cincinnati, and Atlanta appear to be located on zone boundaries. ...
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Luggage storage / luggage check details at Vancouver, BC train station

I will likely be taking a train trip soon from Vancouver, BC to Seattle, WA, and I'd like to know some details about the luggage storage facilities at the Vancouver train station: Is there luggage ...
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Trying to bring a bike on amtrak?

I'm hoping to bring my bike with me on Amtrak from Syracuse, NY to the Albany, NY station. I feel like I have seen bike cars on Amtrak before but according to this article, bikes aren't allowed (http:/...
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Amtrak Roomette luggage security

I am looking to taking a trip on the Southwest Chief Amtrak train and booking a Roomette. I know that I can sit in my Roomette and watch the world go by, but what I want to know about is how ...
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Showers near Denver Union Station?

We are planning a trip for later this summer via Amtrak and are planning on stopping in Denver. But we're traveling in coach, so will not have access to the on-board showers on the train. Do people ...
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Seating reserved handicap

I have a Senior ticket. While traveling on amtrak, am I prohibited from sitting in an unoccupied seat reserved for passengers with disabilities?
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Finding the station to get off at in Vancouver

I am travelling to Vancouver, BC by Greyhound bus and then catching the Amtrak train to Seattle Washington. The greyhound will stop at Homer & Georgia, Burrard & Georgia, Station Street and ...
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Traveling by train from Savannah GA to Charleston SC

I am looking to travel from Savannah, Georgia to Charleston, South Carolina in February. I have done searching and found the following options: Rent a car; probably ~$100 for economy level car, plus ...