Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
New York Observer on Amtrak Fare Hike
- Northeast Regional (Washington, DC - New York - Boston)
- Maple Leaf (Toronto - Niagara Falls - Syracuse - Albany - New York)
- New Haven to Springfield Service
- Empire (Niagara Falls - Syracuse - Albany - New York)
Pennsylvanian (Pittsburgh - New York)
- Adirondack (Montreal - Albany - New York)
- Ethan Allan Express (Rutland - Albany - New York)
- Vermonter (St Albans - Springfield - New York - Washington)
- Keystone (Harrisburg - Philadelphia - New York)
- Hiawatha (Chicago - Milwaukee)
- Wolverine (Chicago - Pontiac, MI)
- Pere Marquette (Chicago - Grand Rapids, MI)
- Blue Water (Chicago - Port Huron, MI)
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Amtrak Northeast Corridor pricing scam for Philly-NYC commuters?
Here's another YouTube video the same guy did with his comments on Amtrak trying to destroy NEC commuters. And this is a good one of his: Amtrak Caught Faking Ticket Shortage to Gouge Philly Riders. Amtrak does look to be scamming those that go to Philadelphia from NYC. Maybe this mostly gouges business travelers who don't price shop as much as regular commuters. Amtrak has the right to set ticket prices in a manner that maximizes money and I applaud this. My concern is over how this impacts the pricing of Smart passes. Philly-NYC pricing seem inflated but the discount, by law, Amtrak can apply to Smart passes is a max 50% discount. So these higher standard prices likely result in higher prices for commuter passes. I hope Amtrak revisits commuter pricing for the Philly-NYC folks, we pay our fair share, you don't need to gouge us.
A moral of the story here is, when possible, buy single trip tickets to a stop South of 30th Street Station and just get of at 30th Street and save a bunch of money.
Amtrak raising fares on 13 routes says Detroit News
Article on this topic by Tom Acitelli in The New York Observer: Amtrak Ups Northeast Fares Again
I think Amtrak could have the courtesy to tell the public of fare increases in advance, a few weeks would be nice. This is probably true but I have not seen other reports of it and I cannot find a statement on the Amtrak site.
Commuting costs for the Philly-NYC Amtrak commuter look to be going up. Buy your next multi-ride or monthly pass ASAP to delay the hit of this price increase.
Amtrak renames Regional service 'Northeast Regional'
Monday, July 07, 2008
The Need for Speed - WSJ Opinion Article
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Amtrak in Line for a Big Funding Boost
The House bill commitee report is here: PASSENGER RAIL INVESTMENT AND IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2008
More money for Amtrak means improved rail cars and tracks and should lead to better travel experience for Philly-NYC commuters.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Travelers Shift to Rail as Cost of Fuel Rises. Amtrak set records in May 2008 for number of passengers and for ticket revenues. New York Times
Amtrak's Route Performance Page
From the page:
We know that on-time performance is an important ingredient in fulfilling Amtrak's quest for providing quality customer service. As many of you know, the tracks Amtrak trains travel outside of the Northeast Corridor are owned by various host freight and commuter railroads. We offer this information as an opportunity for you to follow along as we work with those railroads on the path to improvement and to assist you in planning your trip.
Of particular interest to Philly-NYC Amtrak commuters are the Acela, Regional, and Keystone train on-time performance (OTP) pages.