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Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.

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  by STrRedWolf
 
Understandable, but a shame. In normal times, Biden could have gotten away with taking the train.

We are not in normal times.
Jeff Smith wrote:Perspective on being "inconvenienced". It's an event that happens once every four years.
True, and that would assume a service alert being sent in advance so the "inconvenience" would be minimal, since this would be planned to the T. I've seen where it wasn't, and thus the answer of pissed.

And to Mr. Norman, I'll just show out to a few folk I know as Chakat Railrunner and Railride. :grin: There's many of a crossover.
  by roc
 
Here’s hoping railroads, freight and passenger, get their proper dues — pollution, cost, safety — from the new administration.

“Joe Biden has loved Amtrak since he was a young senator commuting between his home in Wilmington, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. Soon, he will hop on the train to mark the start of his new job as the 46th President of the United States.”

https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel ... auguration
  by MACTRAXX
 
ROC: As of this CNN News report - 5:07 PM EST January 13 - The Biden inaugural Amtrak trip between Wilmington
and Washington next week has been cancelled due to security concerns:
https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/13/politics ... index.html
https://www.yahoo.com/news/biden-forgoi ... 49035.html
(From Yahoo News-Associated Press 9:32 PM EST)

The T&L article should have been posted in the ongoing topic about US Presidents and Amtrak trains.
T&L should have researched the situation more closely judging by the date of this writing (Jan. 13)

I fully agree with GBN among others about the unnecessary high risk in this current volatile political climate.
"Amtrak Joe" will ride Amtrak again at some other time to show his continued support for rail transport...

MACTRAXX
  by STrRedWolf
 
In a similar vein, MARC and VRE trains are canceled for the week (except Friday, they'll run then).

I wonder if Amtrak will follow suit...
  by Ken W2KB
 
"Amtrak and its employee unions have petitioned the federal government to expand TSA’s no-fly list to passenger rail. The groups said they want a “proportional presence of workers in the passenger compartments of Amtrak trains similar to that in the airline industry, with at least one conductor or assistant conductor present per 50 riders,” according to a statement issued this week." https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/1 ... aos-459777
  by WashingtonPark
 
Ken W2KB wrote: Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:37 pm "Amtrak and its employee unions have petitioned the federal government to expand TSA’s no-fly list to passenger rail. The groups said they want a “proportional presence of workers in the passenger compartments of Amtrak trains similar to that in the airline industry, with at least one conductor or assistant conductor present per 50 riders,” according to a statement issued this week." https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/1 ... aos-459777
Wow. I can't see that ever happening. You can't even get Amtrak to agree to put a second man in the cab to help watch out for problems. They'd run the train with nobody on it if they could get away with it.
  by Ken W2KB
 
"There will be no Northeast Regional service south of Washington D.C., including all Virginia stations on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 19 and 20. The Carolinian will only operate between Raleigh and Charlotte.

Amtrak says they are taking extra steps to ensure the safety of employees and customers in Washington and across the nation after the violent attacks on the U.S. Capitol." https://www.wavy.com/news/politics/amtr ... uguration/ Also: https://roanoke.com/news/local/amtrak-v ... 8f0ea.html
  by Arborwayfan
 
Yes, it's a damned shame to have to fence off a Green Zone in the capital city and have the metro skip stops, etc., etc., because of credible threats of insurrection or terrorism. It's nuts. But Metro and buses are still running, so most of the people who live in or right around DC and work in DC doing work that has to be done at will be able to go to work, as far as I can see. Metro is skipping certain stations including Union Station, but it's running.

One thing is odd to me: MARC is all cancelled. What about the people who use it to commute into Baltimore from intermediate stations? I assume those people exist. Is it just operationally impossible to run on only the eastern half of each of the two DC-Baltimore lines (no place to change ends or something?).
  by daybeers
 
Yes cancelling all MARC NEC service is ridiculous IMO. Guess intelligence wants to run everyone who makes an Amtrak reservation coming into DC but someone could just use another name! When was the last time you were asked for ID on Amtrak and why does this have to affect essential workers? It's SO FRUSTRATING
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