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Acela150

Posted 24 July 2018 - 08:10 PM

You could modify to a later train, or you could hold onto it and go to the ticket counter at Union Station (or possibly ClubAcela; I can't remember if they can modify tickets or not) if the connection is missed. 

 

ClubAcela has the same abilities as any ticket agent. So yes they could do that. 


jebr

Posted 24 July 2018 - 06:03 PM

You could modify to a later train, or you could hold onto it and go to the ticket counter at Union Station (or possibly ClubAcela; I can't remember if they can modify tickets or not) if the connection is missed. There would be no charge for that change if done after a missed connection.

 

If you miss the connection and don't want to wait in line to rebook your ticket, or you just want to cancel that segment entirely, I'd suggest taking VRE if the timetable allows versus Metro. On weekday afternoons they have relatively frequent trains to Alexandria, and the full-fare ticket is $7. I don't believe there's luggage racks, but there wouldn't be a transfer like there would be on Metrorail and there may be more room for luggage.


Acela150

Posted 24 July 2018 - 04:44 PM

You wouldn’t be entitled to a full refund. I’m not sure what kind of refund you’d get. But it wouldn’t be much as the trip from WAS to ALX isn’t much.

Posted 24 July 2018 - 02:14 PM

I get an estimate of $30 to $60 for cab fare, depending on traffic.  Lyft might be as cheap as $20.  There may be a penalty for cancelation of the trip from WAS to ALX, but the fare is small anyway.

 

Okay - thanks for your help!


Maglev

Posted 24 July 2018 - 02:04 PM

I get an estimate of $30 to $60 for cab fare, depending on traffic.  Lyft might be as cheap as $20.  There may be a penalty for cancelation of the trip from WAS to ALX, but the fare is small anyway.


Posted 24 July 2018 - 01:45 PM

I would just take a cab right to the friend's house in Fall's Church from Union Station.  That would save yourself and the friend the agony of Amtrak's unpredictability.

 

Edit to add that I have actually taken the Capitol Limited  to Washington to visit a relative in Falls Church, and we just rode Metro to Falls Church.  The Capitol Limited was four hours late.

 

That's a possibility, the cab ride. And they have Lyft at WAS too, right? Will I take a hit on the cancellation of my ticket?


Posted 24 July 2018 - 01:38 PM

Why not just ditch Amtrak and take the Metro to King Street adjacent to the Amtrak Alexandria station, if the connection to the Star is missed?

 

Because I don't want to have to drag all my carryon stuff onto the Metro. And would I be entitled to the full refund if I canceled?


Maglev

Posted 24 July 2018 - 01:33 PM

I would just take a cab right to the friend's house in Fall's Church from Union Station.  That would save yourself and the friend the agony of Amtrak's unpredictability.

 

Edit to add that I have actually taken the Capitol Limited  to Washington to visit a relative in Falls Church, and we just rode Metro to Falls Church.  The Capitol Limited was four hours late.


jis

Posted 24 July 2018 - 01:31 PM

Why not just ditch Amtrak and take the Metro to King Street adjacent to the Amtrak Alexandria station, if the connection to the Star is missed?

Posted 24 July 2018 - 01:24 PM

Sorry to bug everyone about this trip again.

 

I started tracking arrival times at WAS for the Capitol Limited in July (trip is in August) and have seen that about half the time the CL arrives too late to catch the Silver Star. Should I have my ticket modified to take a later train? Will it cost me extra to do that?

 

All the other possibilities I looked at offer business class although I'm not sure the extra cost would be worth it for a 20-minute ride. I just basically don't want to have to scramble if I don't get to WAS in time. And actually a later arrival at ALX would work better for the person meeting me there.

 

 


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