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#1 CHamilton

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 11:50 AM

Amtrak has been successful in its efforts to turn away its best customers. It no longer makes sense for me to take the train for these planned 2018 trips.

 

SEA-SJC Bedroom round-trip

SEA-PDX-CHI-WAS-NWK Bedroom round-trip

SEA-CHI-WAS-MIA Bedroom round-trip

 

Total revenue lost by Amtrak: $14,172.

 

What trips will you not be taking this year?


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Posted 02 June 2018 - 11:56 AM

Amtrak has been successful in its efforts to turn away its best customers. It no longer makes sense for me to take the train for these planned 2018 trips.

 

SEA-SJC Bedroom round-trip

SEA-PDX-CHI-WAS-NWK Bedroom round-trip

SEA-CHI-WAS-MIA Bedroom round-trip

 

Total revenue lost by Amtrak: $14,172.

 

What trips will you not be taking this year?

 

 

This is really nice to see...but largely irrelevant if people take your spot and most importantly, this is the only place you post it. Did you send this nugget to Customer Relations or the VP of Marketing or any other official at Amtrak?

 

What did they say?


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Posted 02 June 2018 - 11:56 AM

Except for the One way trip to the Gathering using AGR Points, I won't be taking any Amtrak LD Trips in 2018. ( I will be riding the Canadian in the Winter between Vancouver and Toronto)

My usual Annual Average in the past few years since "Retirement" in 2009 was about
6 LD trips plus many AGR1.0 Point runs with an Annual spend of around $5,000. ( Select Plus)

Alaska Airlines and Southwest are now my preferred way to reach places I want/need to visit.

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 12:03 PM

It was pretty likely that Id do the following this summer:
#449 BOS-CHI - Roomette for two
#48 CHI-NYP - Roomette for two
But courtesy of fresh choices, Im not doing anything. Revenue lost: around $900.

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 12:11 PM

Didn't we already do this thread?. Anyway, Amtrak will continue to be far and away my first choice for Northeast travel, and long distance, as ever, will primarily depend on price and timing. Might end up on the LSL at some point this summer, which would be one more long distance trip than I took last year. Food isn't really a factor, in my experience it's all been varying degrees of adequate.


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We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.


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Posted 02 June 2018 - 12:16 PM

Since I am not believing "the sky is falling", I AM taking Crescent NOL to NYP, Acela(NYP to WAS) connecting to Capitol Limited WAS to CHI, Empire Builder CHI to SEA, and CS SEA to LAX in June. And to do this I have to fly BNA(Nashville) to New Orleans on Southwest and American Los Angeles to Nashville.  Then in late October to early November I fly to and from Chicago to ride round trip on the Southwest Chief to Los Angeles and then ride round trip from Chicago on the California Zephyr to Emeryville.  Only dining car service reduction is on the Capitol Limited and while I miss the table service in the dining car, I am not disappointed in the cold meal which is often what I eat at home.  I do have roomettes on all the sleeping cars and first class on the Acela and I am spending low bucket for all the sleeping car accommodations so only spending about $3500 for all of this.  For me "the sky is not falling".


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Posted 02 June 2018 - 12:31 PM

Didn't we already do this thread?


Sort of, though I think this one is a bit more specific. But I would say this might be merge-worthy given how similar they are.

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 12:41 PM

 

Amtrak has been successful in its efforts to turn away its best customers. It no longer makes sense for me to take the train for these planned 2018 trips.
 
SEA-SJC Bedroom round-trip
SEA-PDX-CHI-WAS-NWK Bedroom round-trip
SEA-CHI-WAS-MIA Bedroom round-trip
 
Total revenue lost by Amtrak: $14,172.
 
What trips will you not be taking this year?

 
 
This is really nice to see...but largely irrelevant if people take your spot and most importantly, this is the only place you post it.
 

That is an important point that I think many people forget. The changes to food service affect sleeper passengers far more than coach passengers. Meanwhile, especially during the Summer sleepers tend to be sold out or at least close to it. Therefore, in the relatively frequent case that a lost passenger is simply replaced by a new one, the decision makes sense from Amtrak's perspective as revenue remains constant and costs are reduced. While there are cases where a passenger is lost and not replaced, this may be infrequent enough that Amtrak benefits from a financial perspective.

Personally, the recent changes will have no impact on how often I travel on Amtrak. In fact, I will likely be increasing my travel as I move from a location 45 minutes from a station with one daily round-trip LD train to a city with 28 departures and arrivals each day. These route options and choice in departure times are far more important to me than food service. Since I am a picky vegetarian as well as a college student with limited funding, I very rarely eat in the dining car as it is. Last winter, I traveled 10,000 miles on Amtrak with segments without overnight stopovers as long as Whitefish to Tampa. The only time I used the dining car was on the northbound Silver Meteor since I wanted to experience one of the new Viewliners. Other than that, all of the food I ate I brought on the train with me. Especially considering that most people travel relatively short distances, most people outside of forums such as this one and long-time travelers won't even notice the difference. For example, travelling on the eastbound CL, if I wasn't on this forum I would have assumed that I should get dinner before boarding in Chicago, and it would be no problem to wait until arrival in Washington for lunch the next day. The only meal passengers really have to have on the train is breakfast (and only if traveling most of the route), which I feel most passengers could deal with without having a terrible experience. I'm not claiming that these changes are ideal, but if Amtrak is going to run like a business these changes are not completely illogical. The only reasonable scenario which would have a significant impact on my Amtrak trips would be the elimination of one or more routes.


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Posted 02 June 2018 - 12:43 PM

I would be interested to know which aspects of the Amtrak service have led to your decisions not to take those trains, Charlie?

 

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 12:57 PM

I think coach passengers are impacted too, since there only option is the cafe car now.

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 01:07 PM

I think coach passengers are impacted too, since there only option is the cafe car now.

Coach passengers are impacted in theory, but since most coach passengers don't use the dining car, it really doesn't work out to a big change for them. However I should mention that the Lake Shore Limited has a very high coach passenger diner utilization rate, which means that it will hurt coach passengers more on the LSL than it would on most other trains.


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Posted 02 June 2018 - 01:08 PM

I don't understand you people .

You call yours selves  passenger train fans !!! ???

You get into snit over some things. 

I'm not happy with some of Amtrak's meal changes, hope fully these will be reversed .

Go fly on your jets! I will drive or take the train.

The only way I fly is if I'm going across the "pond". 

All I see on these chat groups is "bitching and whining and putting  people down"

That is why I usually can't be bothered to join in the chats anymore !!! :angry:  :angry:  :angry:


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Posted 02 June 2018 - 01:27 PM

I probably have the most amount of cancelled trips just because of Anderson and Gardner's new private car policies. And the few trips I do have I've converted a lot of the deadheads to budget airlines. Estimated loss to Amtrak from my deadheads about $10,000. Estimated lost revenue by the new private car policy is potentially north of a million.
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Posted 02 June 2018 - 01:29 PM

I don't understand you people .
You call yours selves  passenger train fans !!! ???
You get into snit over some things. 
I'm not happy with some of Amtrak's meal changes, hope fully these will be reversed .
Go fly on your jets! I will drive or take the train.
The only way I fly is if I'm going across the "pond". 
All I see on these chat groups is "bitching and whining and putting  people down"
That is why I usually can't be bothered to join in the chats anymore !!! :angry:  :angry:  :angry:

Ok. I'm going to address everything you just said.
 

I don't understand you people .
You call yours selves  passenger train fans !!! ???

Just because someone is reducing their use of Amtrak due to amenity cuts doesn't mean that they hate passenger trains.
 

You get into snit over some things.

Everyone "gets into snit over some things". Including you with your comment. And someone saying that they're cutting back on Amtrak travel doesn't automatically qualify as "snit".
 

Go fly on your jets! I will drive or take the train.

Cool. You're welcome to take the train. Just like how we're welcome to fly if we feel that the train won't meet our needs for travel.
 

All I see on these chat groups is "bitching and whining and putting  people down"

Who are you quoting? And how is this thread at all "bitching and whining and putting people down"? What did any of us say here that you would qualify as bitching, whining, or putting someone down? Give me an actual example that qualifies as any of those.
 

That is why I usually can't be bothered to join in the chats anymore !!! :angry:  :angry:  :angry:

Ok then - don't bother. The issue is that you just did bother, and that now I'm bothering to respond to you.


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Posted 02 June 2018 - 01:29 PM

I don't understand you people .
You call yours selves  passenger train fans !!! ???
You get into snit over some things. 
I'm not happy with some of Amtrak's meal changes, hope fully these will be reversed .
Go fly on your jets! I will drive or take the train.
The only way I fly is if I'm going across the "pond". 
All I see on these chat groups is "bitching and whining and putting  people down"
That is why I usually can't be bothered to join in the chats anymore !!! :angry:  :angry:  :angry:


Sorry, but as much as I love trains, Im not going to subject myself to a longer more expensive trip if the amenities are being cut.

I can fly first class cheaper from DC to ORD and only subject myself to one cold meal on a 3 hour trip.
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Posted 02 June 2018 - 01:30 PM

Like brianpmcdonnell17, the change in the food choices has little to no effect on my choice.

Just using NYP or BOS to CHI as an example, unless you are flying first class, you will get MORE food included on Amtrak than on American, Delta, United, Alaska, Southwest or any other airline. Last September, I flew coach ALB-ORD, ORD-TPA, TPA-LAX, LAX-PDX, PDX-IAH and IAH-TPA on UA, DL and AS. None of those flights had meals included. In January I flew coach from ALB-IAD and IAD-DEN on UA and then GJT-DFW, DFW-ORD And ORD-ALB on AA. None of those flights had meals included either.

BTW - If I took the LSL from ALB-CHI or CHI-ALB (even today), I WOULD get included meals!
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Take the train instead and enjoy the ride!

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 01:34 PM

you will get MORE food included on Amtrak than on American, Delta, United, Alaska, Southwest or any other airline. 

You will. But you're not stuck on American, Delta, United, Alaska, or Southwest for 20-22 hours. It's fine if you don't need hot meals on your overnight trips, but that doesn't mean that people don't need food more on a 20 hour ride than on a two hour flight.


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Posted 02 June 2018 - 01:41 PM

I don't understand you people .

You call yours selves  passenger train fans !!! ???

You get into snit over some things. 

I'm not happy with some of Amtrak's meal changes, hope fully these will be reversed .

Go fly on your jets! I will drive or take the train.

The only way I fly is if I'm going across the "pond". 

All I see on these chat groups is "bitching and whining and putting  people down"

That is why I usually can't be bothered to join in the chats anymore !!! :angry:  :angry:  :angry:

 

 

Personally, I'd like to see you remain and join in the chats. Differing are needed. After all, not everyone here is a passenger train fan. Hell, not everyone here is a passenger.

 

What you call bitching and whining" may be a useful catalyst for change. Ideas and thoughts are exchanged. I can honestly say that I have taken quite a few things from this board and pushed the information into the minds of the people that may influence the actual people that can talk to the people that may be able to implement policies and changes.

 

Yes, there are that many layers.....and more. ^_^

 

While you may be content to patronize Amtrak regardless of the costs or convenience, there are others who may travel because of a particular amenity, schedule, cost or some other type of constraint. When that particular reason no longer exists, the reason for travel may go with it.

 

The bottom line is I think people see the diminishing services and rising fares/fees as the typical corporate indifference to the product. While some say "it is what it is, we're used to it" and/or " since this is the same way other modes of transportation have treated us for years so resistance is futile," others are probably sick of the process...and it has crept into one more area.

 

From an Amtrak perspective, they are likely hoping you are already used to it....less for more.  It isn't much different from anyplace else at this point, and they are grooming future travelers to not expect hot meals or services.

 

After all ,you can't miss what you never had.


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Posted 02 June 2018 - 01:48 PM

Since I am not believing "the sky is falling", I AM taking Crescent NOL to NYP, Acela(NYP to WAS) connecting to Capitol Limited WAS to CHI, Empire Builder CHI to SEA, and CS SEA to LAX in June...For me "the sky is not falling".


I don't believe the sky is falling. I simply don't think Amtrak is a good value for long haul journeys at this time. The price is higher than any other form of transit I might take, including first class airfare, and the schedule is not dependable enough to avoid having to pay another $100+ per night for otherwise unnecessary hotels on either side of an Amtrak segment. As a working age person with limited time and funding I have to spend both wisely. Maybe if I had nothing but time and money on my hands I'd be doing the same as you are.


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Posted 02 June 2018 - 01:49 PM

As for me the changes in food service will have zero effect. Chances are I may not be taking the LSL or the CL again, not because of the food but because my trips on those trains in the past were part of large AGR redemption trips. With the devaluing of AGR points, I can really no longer afford such trips. After all, I live here in the great Pacific Northwest. And, frankly, I have no desire to travel to the East or Northeast again. I don't mean that as a slight or put down at all to all the many fine folk that live in those areas, it's just that I've seen what I've wanted to see there. I do have one trip upcoming in August: Flight to Oklahoma City, Heartland Flyer to Fort Worth, Texas Eagle to Chicago, Wolverine to Dearborn and back to Chicago, and the Empire Builder to Spokane. Nothing changes there for me. I'm not going to let Anderson or other decision makers at Amtrak have the power over me to decide my travel choices. Those are mine and mine alone.

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