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Amtrak offers national rail pass

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 Residents 

WASHINGTON – 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 for more information.



Filed under: Amtrak, Regional USA Passenger Rail

3 Responses

  1. Barry Stone says:

    The USA Rail Pass was offered in the ’80’s and early ’90’s. The Pass covered regions of Amtrak. There was the eastern, central and western region. The cheapest Pass would allow you “x” number of segments in one region. I travelled all over the country this was in that period. If you wanted a sleeper, that was extra, based on the prevailing price at the time you were travelling. As today, you had to make reservations and have a ticket. Amtrak also used to have a program set up with United Airlines. You could take the train one way and a plane the other way. That was also very nice, especially if your time was short but you still wanted to get some train-riding in.

  2. steve says:

    I’m coming home for Thanksgiving (Europe to DC to Cincinnati). I would love to take a train from DC to Cincy, but it’s not practical given the amount of time I have to spend on this trip. And who would want to arrive at the destination at 3 in the morning??? Even my sister would balk at picking me up at that ghastly hour. Anyway, I’ll be renting a car from DC to Cincy, so stay out of my way. 😉

  3. thetransportpolitic says:

    Review a history of the development of high speed rail in the United States and its potential future at the transport politic.

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