• Amtrak Seating Discussion: Assigned, First-Come, Reserved, Unreserved, Standees

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

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  by bdawe
 
my understanding is that Coast Starlight "Business class" is a low level coach seat with a drink voucher. It's practically an anti-amenity
  by dgvrengineer
 
I rode Business class on the Starlight several times last year. You get a standard coach, bottle of water and a $6 voucher for food. It's located between the diner and lounge so there is less through traffic, otherwise it's a coach.
  by bdawe
 
David Benton wrote: Sun May 24, 2020 7:51 pm I think thats because business class was in the parlor car , now retired , with no replacement.
The parlour car wasn't business class, it was not a revenue car.
  by David Benton
 
bdawe wrote: Sun May 24, 2020 11:05 pm
David Benton wrote: Sun May 24, 2020 7:51 pm I think thats because business class was in the parlor car , now retired , with no replacement.
The parlour car wasn't business class, it was not a revenue car.
In its final days , the movie theatre downstairs was removed , and made business class seating. Come to think of it , maybe is was just proposed , maybe it didnt happen as it was only proposed a few months before they wee axed ???
  by Jeff Smith
 
https://www.timesunion.com/business/art ... 303172.php
RENSSELAER — Assigned seating could soon come to more Amtrak trains. The feature, long standard on airplanes and already offered in first class on Acela and business class on Northeast Regional trains, is seen as one way to implement social distancing in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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"We are working on options to expand assigned seating and reserved travel," Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said in response to a question from the Times Union. "In addition, we are limiting bookings, allowing customers to spread out for physical distancing."
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Amtrak first offered seat selection on Acela in February 2018, expanding it to business class seats on Northeast Regional trains this past January. Both services operate along the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C.

Amtrak described the seat assignment feature as popular with passengers. On the busy Empire Corridor between Albany and New York City, passengers boarding in Hudson and Rhinecliff often are forced to sit apart from their traveling companions. Seat assignments would alleviate that, as well as the rush at Albany-Rensselaer to grab the prime seats with views of the Hudson River.
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  by Gilbert B Norman
 
Amtrak assigned seating must have diagrams available for pre-selection as do both airlines and Brightline.

This would be a "one up" from overseas where in my experience, SNCF, RENFE, DB, and OBB, "don't always give you best available".
  by palmland
 
I wonder if the probable need for social distancing to continue for the foreseeable will cause Amtrak to rethink their seating procedures on LD trains, with or without assigned seating.

I often ride the Palmetto from South Carolina. It has 4 coaches in addition to business class car, cafe, and baggage. I guess for crew convenience, not all coaches are available for passenger seating. I hope that practice is changed and passengers are encouraged, if not required, to spread out to all coaches. Assigned seating would certainly make that process easier. Because of increased passenger loads north of Richmond I suspect the Palmetto and other trains will require additional coaches. Of course that assumes people start riding trains again!