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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bike Could Soon Be Allowed on NY Amtrak Lines

There's something romantic about taking the train. And there's something even more romantic about biking. So, in one trip, allowing both those things would just be magical.

A group of New York lawmakers are pushing Amtrak to add bicycle baggage cars to their Adirondack and Ethan Allen lines with the intention of encouraging travelers from New York City and Montreal to set their sights on upstate destinations for bike vacations. Amtrak is currently building between 25 and 30 baggage cars at the CAF facility in Elmira, NY, estimated Schumer, and the senator would like to see baggage cars added to the two upstate lines, according to an article that ran into today's Record by my colleague Ian Benjamin.

A “Bring Your Bicycle On Board” program already exists for the Boston-Portland line, as well as the New York-Charlotte line. The program also exists in California, where it has gained such popularity that reservations are required. However, currently the Adirondack line only allows for boxed bikes, the article continued.

And while Amtrak considers that, they should finalize an answer for possibly allowing pets on board too - which some US leaders wanted to see happen. Or maybe just a R/R Yappy Hour?


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