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  1. Batteries are for emergency lights only. No power to HVAC, outlets, or any kitchen equipment. Think about how high the power requirement would be for all that.
  2. Triley

    Choosing Roomettes on SWC

    You don't always have to be so argumentative and always be "right"... He only said that unless he has the policy in writing he doesn't expect much. Maybe Steve can correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe there's anything official in print internally that confirms or denies this policy. So it IS in fact a verbal policy.
  3. It's one thing for commuter rail to scale services back, but typically Amtrak ridership goes up true due to the airlines and bus services being shutdown, and people just wanting to get where they need to be.
  4. Remember there is a contracted out call center now... Ask the location of the call center next time. If it is indeed Philly, I don't know what to tell you, other than I apologize, but ask for a manager. There are bad agents, and there are great agents as well.
  5. I know what the rules are, how many people are allowed per room, etc., but I would insist on having the ticket changed to an open sleeper ticket. For all I know it could be a spotter making sure I follow the rooms. My list trip on 8 I had a passenger who said he upgraded to the 831 sleeper, so we gave him his dinner. I then watched him walk back to coach. Long story short, he DID upgrade, but only from about 11:30pm-5:30am. Every single meal ticket is turned in, and in case of an audit, I went and collected the price of his meal. It has less to do with the willingness of the LSA, and more to do with what Amtrak's policies are, and what they allow the LSA to do. Also as far as the issue with the conductors go, I wouldn't chance it. It costs nothing to change a coach ticket to an open sleeper ticket, in fact it may be cheaper since it's priced at the low fare bucket price. So in other words...one should just make the phone call, and save themselves the worry and grief.
  6. You got that right! That job is already 17 hours on duty, so I certainly wasn't happy about sitting so long, less than 2 hours from the end of the trip.
  7. I'm assuming you mean on the Meteor route in Florida. I got held up on 67 waiting for it several times.
  8. I've had two trips on the Builder so far and I've had at least 3 people be very vocal about the LSL/CL meals...
  9. Right....but didn't I already imply that if the sales tax was lower, many people wouldn't have as much care, and wouldn't go to Oregon to tax dodge? Maybe you'd even get some people from Oregon shopping in Washington out of convenience, for that one store that's only in Washington, or there happens to be a location in Washington than Oregon. Chris, I've always admired how you can ignore the bulk of a post, narrow in a few key words or phrases, and spin it around with entirely different meaning.
  10. Plenty of people in the southern parts of Washington do their shopping in Oregon to save. Just like plenty of people in Massachusetts shop in New Hampshire for the same reason. I can't speak for Oregon/Washington since I'm not familiar in-depth with the workings, but when I worked at a mall right on the border of NH/MA, many businesses closed up on the MA side and relocated to the NH side to give their consumers tax free shopping. There's a reason why malls and other shopping venues are so prevalent around borders with high tax differences.
  11. If it were something like sales tax, then yes... You need to keep in mind that Oregon has no sales tax, while Seattle is at 10.1% (combination of city and state sales taxes). Hell, when I bought my laptop I had it shipped to my PO box in Portland, to avoid both BC PST/GST, and WA sales tax! Saved me around $150! But if the Washington sales tax wasn't as bad, say maybe 5% I probably wouldn't have bothered going to Portland to pick it up.
  12. Triley

    Amtrak Announcements

    Believe me I agree with you, but the nagging reminders are because of the company's stance on carrybys.
  13. Triley

    Amtrak Announcements

    You don't travel with Americans who are distracted then... Just yesterday on my train? Abbreviated version: My coach attendant seat to seat, "In 10 minutes we'll be pulling in to Everett, WA." In the PA, "Now arriving, Everett, WA." Also on the PA, "Last call, Everett, WA!" Then not more than a minute after departing we had a girl come in to the diner and ask the conductor of the train was still going to stop in Everett.
  14. Triley

    Amtrak Announcements

    A few seconds.... Train 27/28?
  15. Triley

    New Menus on #8

    If you don't mind me asking, how was the dining car crew?