I am a staff member for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and a
member of the ad-hoc Amtrak Bikes on Board Committee which is a joint
project of Amtrak and the East Coast Greenway. I am also the webmaster for
the bikes on transit database at www.bikemap.com .
I was concerned that the abrupt removal of the Bike/Baggage car from the
Ethan Allen (NY to Rutland) would reduce Amtrak's bike access. It turns out
the Ethan Allen remains bike accessible with on-board access in the cafe car
and a faster train for good measure. Thanks to Dave Jacobowitz and Charlie
Miller for the lightning response, we don't get that here in Philadelphia.
Subject: RE: [Fwd: Amtrak Bike Baggage Car]
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 10:44:57 -0400
From: "Miller, Charlie" <[log in to unmask]>
To: "[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]>
David, the baggage car on the Ethan Allen service has been discontinued
effective last month. Amtrak assured me that bicycles can be accomodated in
one of the passenger cars in an area designated for luggage and bicycles.
The reasons the baggage car was discontinued were:
1. There was very little use of the baggage cars for ANY use, including
2. Due to their age, the cars needed some expensive work on the trucks and
the State would have been required to pay for those repairs.
3. Due to the baggage car's older design, the speed that it could travel was
limited. This caused the speed to be reduced, even in the Penn
Station-Albany corridor, where higher speed could be achieved.
4. Amtrak had a shortage of these cars and felt that they could be better
utilized on one of their "longer" services.
Due to the above reasons, I agreed with them and the car was removed. If you
need further information, I can be reached at the below number.
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