Posts Tagged ‘Huntington West Virginia’

Huntington Station Park Lot To Reopen

August 29, 2019

Workers were repairing and restriping the lot, which forced passengers to walk two blocks from an alternative parking lot to the station.

During the construction, Amtrak encouraged patrons to make every effort to be dropped off and picked up at the station.

Huntington is served by the tri-weekly Chicago-New York Cardinal.

Holiday Train to Operate From Huntington

October 25, 2017

A holiday theme train using Amtrak and private equipment will operate out of Huntington, West Virginia, in December on the CSX Kanawha Subdivision.

The Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society is hosting the Huntington Holiday Express between Dec. 14 and 17.

The train will make a 25-mile roundtrip excursion on former Chesapeake & Ohio tracks to Barboursville, West Virginia.

The train will have Amtrak P42DC locomotives on each end. Tickets are $55 for adults and $45 per child.

Each trip will take approximately an hour. The consist is expected to include six passenger cars, including three Amtrak café cars and three private cars.

Onboard amenities will include hot cocoa, cookies, and such Christmas activities as a visit from Santa Claus.

Best known for its New River Train fall foliage excursions, this will be the society’s first Christmas train on CSX rails.

Amtrak Claims Closing Huntington Ticket Office Step Toward Increasing Cardinal’s Frequency

December 22, 2016

Amtrak is attempting to frame the removal of its ticket agent from Huntington, West Virginia, as a move designed to save money so that the Chicago-New York Cardinal might be able to run more frequently than three times a week.

amtrak-cardinalThe last day for the Amtrak ticket agent to work was Wednesday night.

“Every dollar [Amtrak] can retain by taking advantage of technological advances like e-ticketing is a dollar that can go towards giving Huntington daily Amtrak service,” said Amtrak Senior Government Affairs Specialist Charlie Monte Verde in a statement to Trains magazine.

Reiterating what Amtrak personal have said to the news media when ticket agent were removed from other stations, Monte Verde said most tickets are now purchased online or on smart phones.

He described the move to remove the Huntington agent as a business decision.

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.”