I'm taking the Empire Builder today. Apparently the condition of the train is so bad that it's not even coming all the way to Portland. We have to take a bus from the train station in Portland to Spokane, WA. I just got the message from Amtrak.
Is this normal? I haven't taken Amtrak since 2005. What if I miss my connection in Chicago to the east coast? A customer representative for Amtrak said on the phone that they normally put passengers in a hotel room if they miss their Amtrak connection due to extreme lateness. Is this true? I've also read stories online of people being stranded.