Seniors Plan Travel on Amtrak

Sep 1st, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors, if you have ever visited with anyone who has had a vacation trip taking AMTRAK you know how nice “leave the rails to us” has become.  Trains now zip across our great nation with ease and do so daily.  I recently discovered that an average of more than 925,000 people every weekday depend on commuter rail services that use Amtrak-owned infrastructure, dispatching, shared operations, or that ride commuter trains operated by Amtrak under contracts with local or regional agencies.  It is “one big operation.”

As the nation’s intercity passenger rail operator, Amtrak connects America in safer, greener and healthier ways. With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day — at speeds up to 150 mph — to more than 500 destinations. Amtrak also is the operator of choice for state-supported corridor services in 15 states and for four commuter rail agencies.  Fact sheets, documents and information about Amtrak’s trains, corridors and improvement efforts are available online.  And FYI in a report issued in 2009 (Oct. 2008-Sept. 2009), we learn that Amtrak welcomed aboard over 27.1 million passengers, the second largest annual total in Amtrak history.  More and more seniors have decided to take AMTRAK on their journeys.

If you have a question that is not answered here, visit the travel agent contact page for more information. Check out Amtrak’s special deals and savings with everyday discounts, limited-time specials and unique passes and travel programs. Saving couldn’t be easier.

Amtrak offers weekly specials on selected Amtrak routes. Weekly Special purchases are non-refundable and may not be exchanged. Weekly Specials are subject to availability and may change without notice. Other restrictions may apply. USA Rail Passes are also available in three types with varying travel durations for travel through out the entire United States. Read the USA Rail Pass terms and conditions for travel, reservation and ticket requirements.  To make reservations for accessible space, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).  Trains have neat names like Blue Water, Empire Service, San Joaquin, Carl Sandburg, City of New Orleans, California Zephyr, Wolverine, Palmetto, Silver Meteor and Cardinal.

Hey seniors, check out taking the train from New York to Chicago to Seattle to L.A., a 3,582-mile journey on some of America’s storied trains, including the Empire Builder and the Coast Starlight. From the magnificent to the mundane it’s just one fine and easy way to see the country.  Here is a special link called AMTRAK Vacations.

The World’s Classiest Trains take you back to the golden era of luxury train travel, with dining cars set with fine linen and crystal, and observation cars offering panoramic views. Train tours roll through some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. Trains can travel where cars cannot, so passengers on train tours marvel at scenic vistas that would otherwise be inaccessible.  Most of Amtrak’s long-distance trains use double-deck Superliner equipment, but those cars won’t fit through the tunnels into New York City, so overnight trains fanning out from there  to Florida, New Orleans and on two routes to Chicago — use single-level equipment. Sleeping cars are Viewliners, so named because the two levels of windows provide views from upper and lower berths. Dining cars are in the Heritage Fleet, a creative euphemism for old care that remain perfectly functional, even attractive, and they are a source of nostalgia for longtime train riders.

All aboard: America by Amtrak train provides a nice overview of a trip by train with some personal stories told by riders. On board there are books to read, people to meet, naps to take. Both urban and small-town America scrolled past my windows, along with less-peopled spaces in between. The most spectacular — the Hudson River, the Rockies and the Cascades, Puget Sound, the Pacific — prove unforgettable.     jeb



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