Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak tickets’

Discounted Tickets Will No Longer be Sold Aboard Carolinian, Piedmont Trains Effective June 5

May 18, 2017

Amtrak said this week that effective June 5 that discounted fares will no longer be sold aboard the Carolinian or Piedmont trains.

In a service advisory, Amtrak said that only the full undiscounted, unrestricted fare will be available for purchase and that conductors will only accept cash payments on board the train.

All Piedmont and Carolinian trains are reserved trains and seating on reserved trains is only guaranteed with a reservation.

Amtrak said passengers wishing to pay with with credit cards can make reservations and obtain eTickets at Amtrak.com, by using the Amtrak mobile apps, or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

eTickets can be printed at home or displayed using a smartphone. Tickets can be purchased with a credit card at stations with Quik-Trak kiosks and at Amtrak ticket offices.

Amtrak Removing Huntington Ticket Agent

December 20, 2016

Amtrak is planning to remove its ticket agent from its station in Huntington, West Virginia.

amtrak-cardinalThe station agent, who serves the tri-weekly Chicago-New York Cardinal, is slated to be removed on Wednesday.

Amtrak will hire a part-time caretaker to open the station 30 minutes before train times and then lock it after the train departs.

Removal of the Huntington agent will leave Charleston as the only station served by the Cardinal in West Virginia that still has a ticket agent.

Amtrak removed its agent at Prince last February.

Chuck Riecks of the advocacy group Friends of the Cardinal, told The Herald-Dispatch, a Huntington newspaper, that Amtrak wants to remove agents at several stations across the country. “The figure I hear is 122 stations,” he said.

He said the standard that Amtrak is using to determine whether to remove an agent is ticket sales. In recent years, Amtrak has not replaced agents who retired or left the company.

When a ticket agent is removed, it usually means that passengers will no longer be able to buy tickets at the station.

Agents also handle checked luggage, provide information on train status and help passengers plan trips by rail.

In news stories about the removal of agents in other cities, an Amtrak spokesman has often cited a rise in the number of passengers who buy tickets online.

Riecks said the Prince station has gone through at least two caretakers since the agent was removed.

“Prince, and more recently Huntington, just had a bunch of Amtrak money spent to put the stations into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Riecks said. “Charleston is the next station slated to get the ADA work, and in all seriousness some of us are thinking we don’t want it. We know what comes next.”

Amtrak Offering Fall Ticket Discounts

October 18, 2013

Amtrak is marking its FY 2013 ridership record with a 31 percent discount off companion rail travel. Passengers must purchase tickets between Oct. 15 and Oct. 21, for travel between Oct. 22 and Dec. 12. The discount is available on regular full adult fares with qualifying adult companion traveling on the same itinerary with tickets issued together. This offer is valid on coach seats on select trains. Blackout dates of Nov. 26, 27, 30 and Dec. 1 apply.

Amtrak announced earlier this week that it carried 31.4 million passengers between Oct. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013.