Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak Metropolitan Lounge’

Glimpse of NYC’s Planned Metropolitan Lounge

January 29, 2019

Although its opening is two years away, some media outlets have been giving a glimpse at the plans for a new Metropolitan lounge for Amtrak passengers at New York’s Penn Station. The accounts are based on artist drawings that Amtrak has released.

The lounge is to be built in the Moynihan Train Hall, which expected to open in early 2021.

It will feature updated seating with USB ports and numerous electric outlets, a business center and dedicated customer service agents.

Passengers using the lounge will receive priority boarding. A rotating selection of hot and cold food items will be offered along with the availability of alcoholic beverages.

That would be an upgrade over the existing ClubAcela lounge located near Tracks 7 and 8 with its limited selection of snacks, soda and coffee.

The new lounge will be located 20 feet above the central hall, thus providing a prime people-watching spot.

Passengers entitled to use the lounge will include those holding Acela First Class or sleeping car tickets as well as Amtrak Guest Rewards Select Plus and Select Executive members.

The Moynihan hall will offer all passengers free Wi-Fi and a lactation lounge.

Lounge Rehabbed at Boston South Station

December 21, 2018

Amtrak has refurbished its Metropolitan Lounge at Boston South Station.

The facility has been renamed from ClubAcela but remains in its previous location.

In a news release, Amtrak said the lounge received new furniture designed to charge personal electronic devices.

Also new are touchless washbars in the restrooms, the restoration of historical lighting, and a change in the complimentary snack and beverage service.

Passengers will have Internet access, fax and photocopy services, conference room access, and access to newspapers, periodicals and television

Attendants are available to assist with reservations, ticketing and local information.

The lounge is open between 5:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. daily and to serve Acela First Class or sleeping car customers, Single-Day Pass holders, Amtrak Guest Rewards Select Plus and Select Executive members.

Amtrak Business Class customers can purchase daily access passes for $20 per day.

Amtrak said renovation of the ClubAcela lounge into a Metropolitan Lounge is nearly complete at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, and new furnishings have been installed in Washington with a new Metropolitan Lounge expected open in 2020 as part of a larger station renovation.

A new Metropolitan Lounge is planned for 2021, for the new Moynihan Station in New York.

Remember the Old CUS Metropolitan Lounge?

June 28, 2018

It is May 2014 and passengers are lined up waiting to board the California Zephyr, which will be leaving soon for the San Francisco Bay area.

These passengers are holding sleeping car accommodations and were waiting in the former Metropolitan Lounge at Chicago Union Station.

A new lounge has replaced this facility, but the old lounge should be a familiar sight to those who rode Amtrak sleeping cars to and from Chicago during the past couple of decades.

When it was time to board your train, you went through a door toward the back of the lounge and an Amtrak agent escorted you to the track where your train was waiting.

Amtrak Opens New Lounge in Chicago

June 25, 2016

Amtrak has opened a new Metropolitan Lounge for sleeping car and business class passengers passing through Chicago Union Station.

The new lounge is two stories, can seat 360 and with 13,500 square feet is more than twice the size of the existing lounge it will replace.

Amtrak 4Access to the lounge is from the station’s Great Hall as well as street level. It is located in a section of the station that has been vacant for more than 40 years.

City officials said that when work began on renovating the space, workers found ticket stubs on the floor from 40 years ago.

Project architect Leonard Koroski of Goeetsch Partners described the new lounge as having five separate “neighborhoods” for passengers including a common entrance area, a business area with computer work stations, a family area with a children’s play space, a “millennial area” featuring high-backed chairs to accommodate those on cell phones and other tech-friendly features, and a pair of “quiet” spaces.

The new lounge was built in just under five months and cost $7 million.

In 2015, Amtrak opened the extra fee Legacy Club in space once used as a men’s lounge.

A former women’s lounge is being transformed into an event space that can accommodate up to 300 people.

The previous Metropolitan Lounge, which opened in 1991, will be gutted and is expected to become a pre-boarding area that will enable Amtrak to expand its crowded concourse level.