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#1 CNJRoss

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 04:44 PM

Consumerist, 7/13/17:
 

Amtrak Could Make Taking The Train As Uncomfortable As Flying

 

 

If there’s one thing that riding the rails has over flying, perhaps it’s comfort: Train passengers have a bit more legroom than on planes, and can get up and walk around at any time. We all may need to stretch our legs a bit more if Amtrak decides to pack in more seats.

 

The outgoing co-chief executive of Amtrak says the rail system — which is in need of a major financial boost — is thinking about possibly making it less comfortable in economy class by adding additional seats, Reuters reports.

 

He didn’t just say that Amtrak is considering adding more seats; he outright admitted that tightening up seat pitch — the distance between the seatback and the seat in front of it — is just one “creative” change under consideration that could make things worse for passengers.

 

“There will be some other things that just don’t make it quite as comfortable,” Wick Moorman told reporters at a National Press Club talk this week.

 

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 08:16 PM

New York Post, 7/16/17:
 

Schumer blasts Amtrak for plan to cram more riders into cars

 

 

Amtrak’s plan to create a new “economy” class on it trains is nothing more than a move to boost its bottom line by inconveniencing riders, US Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Sunday.

 

The railroad announced last week it was considering the new designation by offering smaller seats and shaving off legroom so it could cram more riders into cars.

 

Schumer warned that the plan would have trains feeling more like cramped airplane cabins, arguing Amtrak must “scrap the shrinking seats idea” and the federal government must invest more in the railroad.

 

 

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