Perhaps some very smart reader can recall the history on this, but there was some sort of national plan back in the 70′s or 80′s, right?
Well, I am a bit mystified why, with rising passenger loads, this is being offered now, but here is the latest news. Your reactions welcomed, of course.
Amtrak offers USA Rail Pass to US ResidentsWASHINGTON – Amtrak’s USA Rail Pass is now available for purchase in the U.S.Until recently, the pass could only be bought by travelers who lived outside the country.The passes are available for 15, 30 and 45 days of travel. The 15-day pass offers eight segments of travel for $389. The 30-day pass offers 12 segments of travel for $579. The 45-day pass offers 18 segments of travel for $749.Amtrak counts a segment of travel each time a passenger boards a train or connecting Amtrak Thruway bus.The passes are priced the same regardless of when you travel, but you must begin your travel within 180 days of purchase.Also note that the pass is not a ticket. Passengers must also have a ticket and reservation for each train they board.If your travels are likely to take you to multiple points in California, you might be better off with Amtrak’s California Rail Pass, which offers seven days of travel in a 21-day period for $159.The USA Rail Pass is not valid for travel on Amtrak’s Auto Train or Acela Express. Some other restrictions apply. Details at 800-872-7245 or http://tickets.amtrak.com/itd/amtrak/selectpass/ for more information.