I assume those different train numbers south of PDX are merely due to the difference in days of the week, and that on days when both segments run passengers will get a one seat ride?
I don't know. There used to be cross-platform transfers at PDX for some connections, due to operational requirements.
It's called putting operational needs ahead of customer needs. Yes, a cross-platform transfer is "easy" but not if you are mobility-impaired, have several kids in tow, or just want to sleep. In those cases it's inconvenient, a hassle, and something that causes you to think twice about using the train next time. I truly hope the timetable is misleading in this respect.
At least in the old days of AGR, the cross-platform transfer in PDX netted you an extra 100-point segment minimum for the same amount of money as a through train. Now, even that little "goodie" is no more.
All that said, the PDX-SEA portion of the timetable is a remarkable improvement. Also good to see the early morning southbound departure out of PDX has been replaced with something at a more sensible hour. It's bizarre that ODOT ever thought that was a good idea in the first place. It will be interesting to see this timetable once the accompanying Thruway busses are included.
Any word on a start date? I have a Cascades trip booked in early September to make sure I take the train along the Puget Sound between OLY and TAC one more time before its routed inland. I assume I'm "safe" but would be good to know an ETA for the new routing.
Edited by fairviewroad, 14 August 2017 - 11:56 AM.