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tim49424

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  1. tim49424

    Amtrak Greenwashing

    I rode the Cardinal December 15 & 16 from Chicago to Charlottesville and it was business as usual. No contemporary dining.
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    Another dining car/SSL cutback

    They were discontinued being sold on Amtrak.com a few years ago.
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    New Menus on #8

    Actually my cousin had it on the Empire Builder in 2012. But still that’s a while ago.
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    New Menus on #8

    On the Cardinal breakfast menu. I had it last month. It’s actually not too bad for being nuked. Not as good as fresh, however.
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    Pere Marquette changes

    There are current studies on the coast to coast proposed route connecting Grand Rapids to Detroit via Lansing (or East Lansing), Brighton and Ann Arbor. Also studies ongoing on a project called A2TC, obviously connecting Ann Arbor to Traverse City, I believe via Saginaw (or Flint) and Cadillac. These are Amtrak related. I have no idea how the progression of these are, but they’ve been ongoing now for about five years. There also have been studies of a second daily running of the Pere Marquette, but with ridership allegedly on the decline, I’m sure they’ve pretty much have been shelved.
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    Pere Marquette changes

    This is a solution I'd never thought of or heard of being discussed. Is it practical? Has there been any suggestions bounced around MDOT or other agencies regarding this? Just my opinion, I'd like to see it too, if it connected the entire state.
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    New Menus on #8

    I just got done with a trip to NOL last month and didn’t mind the food on the NB CONO, however took the Cardinal to the Crescent, in part to avoid the SB CONO’s menu. (Main reason I did it that way was to experience riding the Crescent period) The menus were exactly the same on the NB CONO as the Cardinal.....limited but I didn’t mind the beef on the Cardinal so I had it again on the CONO.
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    New Menus on #8

    I don’t know how I missed that. Thank you.
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    New Menus on #8

    When I saw the pictures of the new menus, I was afraid to look at the items, thinking that we were ambushed and they were rolling out the CL/LSL type of offerings, thus the new look. All I can say after reading the items hadn’t changed is “whew!” One thing I don’t see is a dessert listing.
  10. tim49424

    Pere Marquette changes

    Point taken and received. The speculated elimination of the Pere Marquette has no effect on the order. You did teach me that orders are regional, not based on the sum of the total demands of each route added up in said region (i.e. Midwest gets 130 cars, whether or not the PM uses them.....not 127 because the PM isn't using their allotted three) I was not aware of that.
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    Pere Marquette changes

    It wasn’t meant to. I actually was trying to make a point that the discussion would’ve never happened if the route was being threatened for discontinuance. I fully well know that a great majority of Amtrak routes don’t have their own exclusive equipment.
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    Pere Marquette changes

    You are misunderstanding what I’m saying. The discussion was about the Pere Marquette. Nobody said the equipment was exclusively for the PM. I’m not sure where you’re getting the idea that anyone is making that claim.
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    Pere Marquette changes

    This may be true but the discussion I had was specifically about the Pere Marquette.
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    Pere Marquette changes

    Again, the alleged downturn in ridership doesn’t meet the eye test. It’s as busy or busier than it was when I first started riding the Pere Marquette back in December 2007, a total of nearly 150 times on the route.
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    Pere Marquette changes

    I have ridden Saturdays (the above December 15 trip was the most recent) many times and it always seems to be near capacity.
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