6 thoughts on “Amtrak Extended”

  1. No body in their right mind takes a bus to D.C. to catch an Amtrak train. Who comes up with the malarkey, anyway?

  2. If you buy a ticket to north of DC leaving from Charlottesville, about half of the time they put you on a James River bus for the leg to DC. You can explain to the ticket agent that “nobody in their right minds takes a bus to catch a train,” but that won’t get you where you’re going.

  3. Waldo,
    I thought the Crescent and Cardinal lines came through Charlottesville. Do you take the bus because of timing or because those train seats are full? Is your experience with the bus poor because of the switch over from bus to train? For me they would be about the same especially if my destination was just DC.

  4. I take the bus because that’s quite frequently substituted for the Crescent line. If you buy a ticket from Charlottesville to, say, New York City on the Crescent, you’ll show up at the train station at 7:00 AM. Rather than a training pulling up, you’re likely to find a James River bus appearing. The station agent will inform you and your fellow travelers that the Crescent is running behind, so you’ll all be taking this bus to DC, where you’ll catch another Crescent train north.

    If I wanted to take a bus, I’d buy a bus ticket. Buses are cramped and featureless. Trains are spacious, comparatively well-appointed and, best of all, allow for relaxation for the entire journey. Taking a bus and switching to a train involves the hustle and bustle of the modal switch midway through, and that’s no fun.

  5. You guys are making great arguments as to why mass transportation still has a very, very long way to go before it will, if ever, be accepted by the masses as a normal mode of transportation.

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