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AMTRAC Complaint - AMTRAC delays

Review by Anonymous on 2001-06-28
EXETER, CALIFORNIA -- I rode to Arkansas and train was 3 hrs late arriving and three hrs returning.
Three things not told when you purchase a ticket.....Freight trains have the right of way and delay passenger trains. Hamburgers are ten dollars on a train. When hot weather expands rails...passenger trains (older models) can only travel 40 mph.

At least on the airlines, food is furnished and flight attendants are trained to smile no matter what.

AMTRAC has lost money for 30 years..the infrastructure probably prevents it from ever showing a profit. Has privatization ever been tried?
Comments:3 Replies - Latest reply on 2006-08-22
Posted by Anonymous on 2001-07-01:
I bought a ticket from Detroit to Chicago, they didn't tell me that half the track was under construction (it had been for weeks!)until the day I arrived at the station for my trip. I was told I would then have to ride a BUS for 4 hours then board a train to chicago! More than doubled my travel time! And what did they offer as compensation? Ten percent off my next Amtrak trip!!!!!!!!! The biggest waste of a coupon that I have ever witnessed, because I will never use them again!
Posted by RNLCOWHER on 2001-07-01:
I'd rather walk over broken glass to my destination than use Amtrak!
Posted by familytravel on 2006-08-22:
I know..I know..Amtrak is not dependable. However, the rail fare can be cheap. I'm taking a trip with them next week. But at least I KNOW what to expect!! :)

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