Ottumwa, Osceola or Mt Pleasant long term parking.

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  1. Jun 14, 2019 at 6:03 PM #1

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    Hello. I am looking to book a trip to Sacramento from one of these stations. I would be driving several hours and am concerned about long term parking and safety at the station. Does any one have experience from these stations and have a recommendation? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!!
     
  2. Jun 14, 2019 at 11:28 PM #2

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    I did some research throughout the forum and found some post that favored Osceola, but the post were over 10 years old. Not sure if anything has changed since then. These small towns don't seem to have parking garages or similar to use as a back up plan. Maybe driving to Chicago may be the safest bet for parking. Thanks again for any suggestions.
     
  3. Jun 15, 2019 at 2:27 AM #3

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    I live 45 miles from Mt Pleasant, can't help but think in would be a lot safer than Chicago, small town, lighted lot. I think any of the Iowa station would be OK Just look at them on Goggle Earth, what is the closest for you?
     
  4. Jun 15, 2019 at 3:16 AM #4

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    I'm coming from Macon Mo so all three stations would be ok, not too far of a drive. Ottumwa might be a bit closer, but not much. I would be traveling on the fourth of July so I would think it would be a busy travel time. I was trying to find which station had the most long term parking and maybe an alternate lot close by in case the station lot is full. I'm not finding that but I think it's because of that fact these are smaller towns. Do you know if the Mt Pleasant lot is decent size. Thanks again.
     
  5. Jun 15, 2019 at 8:01 PM #5

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    Well, I called Amtrak and they said Osceola had 10 long term parking spaces & 10 short term. That doesn't appear to be correct when looking at Google Earth. They said Mount pleasant had 100 long term and 100 short term. That doesn't look correct either.
    The parking info on the Amtrak websites and calling Amtrak customer service is not very good imo.
     
  6. Jun 15, 2019 at 8:44 PM #6

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    I've parked at the Ottumwa station several times for 3 to 5 days. There is a large parking lot adjacent to the station with five or six covered spaces and around 20 additional spaces. I dive up from Columbia, MO and it is an easy drive to Ottumwa. Straight north on 63.
     
  7. Jun 15, 2019 at 9:04 PM #7

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    Thanks for the info Como. I appreciate it.
    Ottumwa is a possibility then. Osceola is a bit closer but if they only have 10 long term spots or so,,, if anyone has parked at Osceola or Mount pleasant lately & can update the parking I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks again for the information on Ottumwa parking Como!
     
  8. Jun 15, 2019 at 9:48 PM #8

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    In all three cases, we are talking about "small town" Iowa. Having not lived in Iowa for 55 years now, I don't have exact knowledge of which would be better. But I am fairly certain that if you reach out to local residents and authorities you will be able to find a safe place to park - maybe even an offer of a spot that a homeowner will look out after. Suggest arriving a couple hours before your departure when you drive there. Spend that time talking to some locals near the station, the police dept, etc. I'm guessing you will board the train with a sense of security about your vehicle.
     
  9. Jun 16, 2019 at 2:11 AM #9

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    Thanks, sounds like good advice. I will definitely arrive with plenty of time to spare. Disappointed that Amtrak doesn't do a better job or more accurate description of the parking at the stations, especially now that so many are unmanned.
     

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