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Old April 22nd, 2009, 06:16 PM   #1241
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Old April 22nd, 2009, 08:57 PM   #1242
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Damn, they really need to lower the price. Once these sort of sleeper cars are mass produced and engineered to be light and inexpensive, then trains can consist of more of these sleepers and also with more gov't subsidies the cost can go down.

Dachacon, did you get a roomette?
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Old April 23rd, 2009, 06:10 AM   #1243
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yup
i went to union station the other day to check it out before the sunset limited departed here to get an idea of what ill be living in for 2 days and i was quite impressed. talking to the conductor and looking at other parts of the train such as the dinning car, snack bar, and shower area its very impressive. if your not in a hurry or you want to travel with out any stress then i highly recommend traveling by train. if speed is your thing then stick with the crowded airports, long security lines and over sold planes. me and some friends are planning a trip next summer going from la to chicago then to new york, sharing one of the family suites. does anyone know if you can bring alcohol on board trains??
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Old April 23rd, 2009, 07:11 AM   #1244
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It is sad that the Amtrak tickets are so expensive, that is why Amtrak needs more $$$ from the government so that it doesn't have to jack up prices.
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Old April 23rd, 2009, 07:55 AM   #1245
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Amtrak tickets here in Seattle is pretty cheap. Its cost 40 dollars to go to Portland, Oregon from Seattle. It is cheaper than gas price if you compare it.
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Old April 23rd, 2009, 08:38 AM   #1246
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Amtrak's pricing is a bit funky.

Short version: Seats in Coach start at what's called a "bucket price", which is to say very low. As they start to fill up the seats get more expensive.

Roomettes and sleepers each have set prices in addition to whatever the current price is for a coach seat. I think a roomette is ~$150 extra. Now if there are openings on board the day of departure, they are automatically back at "bucket price", meaning you will pay the least.

The big problem is that Amtrak doesn't have enough cars to meet demand. More and more people have been riding the train, but Amtrak hasn't been given the funds to purchase more equipment. So the prices rise fast because the seats fill fast.

That said, our tickets were ~$80 each way, plus the charge to upgrade to a roomette on the return trip.


Edit: That pricing system isn't on all lines. Hiawatha (Chicago-Milwaukee) is $21 each way. That price never changes. That train runs several times a day though (and is so busy they will be using some federal money to add more daily trips to that route).
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Trains of the USA. South Dakota.

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Awesome! Thanks for these photos, nice to see rail transport in America for once!
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Tnx) Im glad if u like it) Im prepearing us rail review for all the states.
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