Posted 06 April 2018 - 06:32 PM
The general public subsidizes every person's travel on Amtrak to varying degrees. My point is that it is harder to sell the public on paying for a seat unoccupied for the benefit of a solo traveler, than for the subsidization of the operation in general.
Not really. People are in full support of making obese people pay for two seats on a plane. (And before you I assume I disagree with that policy, let me assure you I happily pay for two seats because I don't like touching other people any more than they like touching me.)
If I, an obese person, want to pay for two seats on Amtrak, I should be not only allowed to but encouraged to. As it stands, you can only buy two adjoining seats if you are handicapped in some way or "obese due to a medical condition". I don't understand how Amtrak would verify the latter, to be honest.
So, I've been driving to Chicago for the past year or so. Business Class has larger, more comfortable seats (plus the dividers), but the cost is absolutely ridiculous between Kalamazoo and Chicago, and it's sold out 99% of the time.
If I'm really desperate to take the train, I buy a coach seat and hope it isn't packed. If it is, I sort of perch myself along the arm rest and tell the panicked window seat passenger that I'm not planning on staying for the entire trip. Once the conductor puts the seat check above my seat, I head to the cafe car and sit in a booth until we reach Chicago/Kalamazoo.
Amtrak Miles: 48,312
Amtrak Routes: Blue Water, California Zephyr, Capitol Limited, Carl Sandburg, City of New Orleans, Coast Starlight, Crescent, Empire Builder, Hiawatha, Illinois Zephyr, Lincoln Service, Southwest Chief, Texas Eagle, Wolverine
Metropolitan Rail: Chicago Metra, Chicago L, Dallas TRE, Detroit People Mover, New Orleans RTA, San Francisco MUNI, Seattle Monorail, South Shore Line (NICTD), Toronto Subway & RT, Washington DC Metro