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Please add bicycle storage on Amtrak trains to Boston
Um, I'm not sure if this is the right place for that suggestion. Try hitting up Amtrak. Also, you can always check your bike. I know other Amtrak lines have bike rikes - I'm guessing the NE doesn't because of high passenger numbers.
Seems to me that it makes sense for Amtrak to have people pay to check their bikes. That's extra $$ in their pocket.
Good luck with the cause.
The NEC (Northeast Corridor) is the busiest passenger line in the country. Amtrak already makes enough money because the trains are at capacity. Why would they take away seats to add bike storage?
The current passenger cars are in planning process for being phased out, anyways. It'll take many years for the new cars to come, but maybe they'll have a bit more acceptance for bicycles.
please note that is section of the country is the northeast corridor not the downeaster
bebe writes: "no room for bicycles on the amtrak trains esp. to boston"..."there is high passenger ridership"..."is really difficult to accommodate bicycles"..."a safety issue!"
First things first - its Amtrak policy that currently keeps bikes off trains - a discriminatory "no bicycles allowed" policy. With very few exceptions that "no bicycles allowed" policy is in place across the country, not just on the busier Northeast Corridor.
Second, twice as many passengers board Metro-North's New Haven Line than board Amtrak nationwide daily. Even with its restrictive peak hour weekday policy, Metro-North allows bicycles on its trains 7 days per week without charge.
Currently to bring a bicycle to Boston via public transportation one needs to take a Metro-North train to GCT and board a Bolt, Lucky Star or Megabus to Boston. Amtrak's "no bicycles allowed" policy clearly serves as a barrier to entry.
The time for excuses is running low; the time for policy change is now!!!
Part of living in civilized society is making compromises to accomodate other people. you'd deny seats to two other people to take one bike along in a passenger section? even metro north does not allow bicycles on peak hour trains, there isn't room to hold them.
Seems to me that a reasonable compromise is to find a way to carry bicycles in a baggage section not in a passenger section. If I were denied a seat on a train so that you could take your bike, I might well be as annoyed as you are that you can't take your bike, if not more.
or is it that your wants are more important than mine?
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