Louisiana_Sitar_Club: Seriously, why do they exist?
LesserEvil: Who travels by train? I priced out a trip 10 or 12 years ago, and it was 4 or 5 times the price of an airline ticket.
LesserEvil: LesserEvil: Old_Chief_Scott: LesserEvil: I'm just sharing my experience. One $1200 ticket (one way)Looking at their site, it seems like the prices HAVE come way down. Thanks, Obama.
LesserEvil: Old_Chief_Scott: LesserEvil: I'm just sharing my experience. One $1200 ticket (one way)Chicago to NOLA is $125 one way next Wednesday. You must have booked a sleeper or something.Well, as I said, this was years ago. My wife wanted some alternatives to traveling there. She also had to be there on specific days, which probably increased the price - and this was from Michigan, not Chicago, and Chicago is a big transportation hub for rail.
Old_Chief_Scott: LesserEvil: I'm just sharing my experience. One $1200 ticket (one way)Chicago to NOLA is $125 one way next Wednesday. You must have booked a sleeper or something.
LesserEvil: I'm just sharing my experience. One $1200 ticket (one way)
LesserEvil: Michigan to New Orleans.
dukeblue219: LesserEvil: Who travels by train? I priced out a trip 10 or 12 years ago, and it was 4 or 5 times the price of an airline ticket.Like folks have said already, for *most* of their network they are not, and don't claim to be, a cheap alternative to airfare. If you're trying to go cross country nothing will beat a cheap, deep-discount airline ticket other than maybe Greyhound and I'm not certain about that.If you want to go DC-NY you can do it by Amtrak for $40/person each way and it's much more convenient, faster and more comfortable than flying. If you want a wonderful scenic vacation, take the train out west. But if you want to go from Orlando to Milwaukee.... or Chicago to Dallas or whatever... that's not what Amtrak is good at.Usually it's just a little bit more than flying, though. What route did you find where it was 4-5 times the price of flying?
fat_free: St. Louis to Chicago is getting high(er) speed rail, so a train trip between the two cities will be about 4.25 hours. It's a 50 min flight, but when you factor in the time going thru security (and having to deal with the TSA's bullshiat), sitting on the runway, de-planing, etc., it's pretty much a push...
musashi1600: I've heard that stretch of track is notorious for having this problem; Sound Transit has had to repeatedly cancel trains to/from Everett because of numerous mudslides in that area.
dukeblue219: Unfortunately you're right that huge amounts of their network are pretty much useless for normal travel.
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