SouthernRailway wrote:Go to any airport and each carrier typically has a separate check-in area, lounges, gates, kiosks. etc.
Why is Amtrak being "indicted" when airlines do the same thing? Heck, at LaGuardia, US Airways and Delta even have their own separate buildings, even.
Because in the rail world, they're fairly unique. When you go overseas, you buy a ticket from a ticket machine. Heck, when I was in Europe, I traveled the Dutch rail network with tickets purchased via DB's online service. The crews didn't care, I wasn't kicked off the train, World War III wasn't declared - everything went fine.
At Itzhoe, I purchased ICE tickets from Hamburg to Berlin. At 2am. Along with S Bahn tickets. For a city a few hundred Km away.
The best practice in .eu is Switzerland. Zurich to Oerlikon? Buy a ticket. Take any mode you want. It's one ticket, for EVERYTHING. Zurich to Winterthur was the same way.
In the US, fare payment methods aren't consistent between operators and in the case of some systems, aren't even consistent WITHIN an operator. Why the heck should Jamacia to 34th street be a different ticket / ticketing method for each mode of transit? Why does NJT have 3 different payment methods, plus add PATH, there's a 4th method. Neverminda SEPTA. Buy your ticket on board for some lines, pay as you leave on others, pay as you enter on others, tokens on others?
It makes zero sense. Most of the world isn't like this.
And let's cut the 'but there are many operators!" crap - go look at how many operators in Japan take Pasmo or Suica (among the other cards, which themselves all interoperate to an extent anyway).