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Amtrak Shuns Bikes

 
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Peter Gerrard
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 7:20 pm    Post subject: Amtrak Shuns Bikes Reply with quote

As of this June, apparently, Amtrak train conducters do not have to allow bikes on trains without baggage cars. According to Amtrak (July 9) bikes are also supposed to have a special baggage ticket ($5- 10 on top of passenger fare) AND baggage loading is now limited to a few So Cal stations - namely, San Diego, Oceanside, Fullerton, Santa Ana, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

Don't know if this also affects off-loading baggage/bikes at intermediate stops (like Irvine).

Station staff has limited awareness of this new rule, and some conducters seem to be ignoring it. However, it's now a crapshoot. Doesn't seem to affect Metrolink, but if you're riding to Solana Beach and want the train back you might be in for a long wait or more riding miles.

The Amtrak person I spoke with strongly suggested lodging a complaint via the "Contact Us" link at www.amtak.com.

Let's make some noise!
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