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New Superliner lounge configuration

I have been way behind, and this should have been posted sooner. Texas ARP has a page devoted to Amtrak’s destruction of Superliner lounge cars.

Once the heart of social life on long distance trains, these have several disadvantages.

  • Seats in the “diner” section face the aisle, over which other passengers must traverse and food servers must deliver prepared meals. This creates a situation in which drinks and dishes are bound to end up on the floor. Embarrassing, inconvenient, messy, and dangerous on a moving train. Seriously, does OSHA know about this? Has anybody at the FRA passed hands over this arrangement?
  • Passengers must face strangers while eating.
  • Passengers are denied a clear view of passing scenery.
  • There seems to be no arrangement for smaller groups of individuals to conveniently be seated in the “lounge” section of the car.

This is not just a mistake, it is an expensive mistake. Here’s the link. Let me know what you think.

Filed under: Amtrak

2 Responses

  1. This rearrangement of the Lounge cars into Diner-Lounges is not a new concept, but 50 years ago, such cars were only used (for the most part) on short runs, what today, we would call “corridors”. In my opinion, what will happen is this will impact ridership on the long distance trains to the point that plenty of ammunition will be available to “corridorize” all of the routes. Already we are hearing talk of breaking the Sunset route up into at least two more corridors, and this will not be the end.
    Further more, those of us in the grassroots have contacted every Presidential Hopeful with the simple question “how do you stand on passenger rail”. Guess what, no answers, this is mired in the beltway thinking, and the moneyed interests intend to keep us off the trains.
    The diner-lounge mess is just another nail in passenger rail’s coffin.

    Jerry Sullivan (retired from the railroad industry)
    Florida

  2. Ran says:

    These lounges reflect Congressional requirements that Amtrak reduce the cost of its onboard service. Until that mandate changes, this is simply the direction that onboard service will have to move. In my personal opinion, if the Texas ARP doesn’t like it, I think they are better advised to direct their frustrations towards Congress than towards Amtrak.

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