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OPINION
July 6, 2002
Your June 28 editorial on Amtrak, "Public Rails, Public Money," while rightly supportive of continuing support for rail passenger service, missed the mark badly with the observation that "union featherbedding" is one of the reasons Amtrak is a "financial sinkhole." In reality, Amtrak workers have shown remarkable productivity increases over the years. Rail labor has worked with Amtrak management in numerous ways and has made many cost-saving agreements. Union railroad workers have, in fact, had their wages frozen for the last 2 1/2 years.
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TRAVEL
May 21, 2006
I enjoyed Jane Engle's May 14 article, "Special Airfares, When Available, May Not Be Bargains" [Travel Insider, May 14]. There is an alternative. Although it's not practical for everybody, we do have a national rail passenger system called Amtrak. Obviously, if a funeral is across the country tomorrow, you can't spend days on a train getting there. But with time on your side, you can save a bundle. ROGER WHITE Santa Monica
BUSINESS
October 28, 1999 | Associated Press
Amtrak reported record revenue over the last year and for the first time recorded increased ridership for three straight years. The passenger rail corporation took in $1.84 billion in fiscal year 1999, up 7% from the previous year. That is the highest revenue total in Amtrak's 28-year history. Ridership for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 was 21,508,700, up 2% from last year and nearly 10% since it began rebounding in 1997.
TRAVEL
December 11, 2005 | Arthur Frommer, Special to The Times
IN the last several weeks, while the news was full of disasters and discussion of avian flu, Amtrak was dealt two quiet blows. The president of Amtrak -- the nation's long-distance passenger rail system -- was fired, and the profitable Northeast Corridor (Boston to New York to Washington, D.C.) was split off from the system. The rest of the country could soon find its train service eliminated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1987
How absurd! I read the San Diego At Large column on Nov. 17 and was amused at Amtrak's seat-direction dilemma as faced by Harry Griffen, director of the Metropolitan Water District. I think I have a solution. After spending four years in Japan, a train country, I am of the opinion that trains are the future for California. To deal with the seat reversal problem during turn-around trips, all you need to do is 1) empty the train at destinations; 2) using an air-pressure device, reverse all seat backs so that they conform with the new direction of the train; 3)
TRAVEL
September 26, 2004
Regarding "New Polish on a Treasured Mission Jewel" [Weekend Escape, Sept. 12]: In July I boarded Amtrak with my two granddaughters at the Solano Beach station. After spending five minutes in seats, we and everyone else in the car were told to move. We could find no seats, so we stood for 1 1/2 hours. The stairs were full -- kids were sitting in baggage racks. In San Juan Capistrano, a conductor told us there was an empty car, four cars back. That is where we had been seated at the start of our trip.
TRAVEL
October 1, 2006
WINDSOR, VT., is indeed "the real thing" ["Take a Walk, Tip a Tankard," Postcard From Vermont, Sept. 17]. It was a treat to see it highlighted. However, I wish you had mentioned that it is a stop on Amtrak's lovely Vermonter route out of New York City. Or you can travel from Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; or Montpelier, Vt., on the Vermonter to Windsor. One can still ride from the West Coast to the East Coast along several fabulous routes -- at least for now. KATHLEEN HARRIS Santa Monica
TRAVEL
September 20, 1992
The Aug. 30 article "Riding the Rails: Around America With Amtrak" was interesting but in a final paragraph there is a reference to the train the Desert Wind from Los Angeles to Houston. The Desert Wind actually runs daily--Los Angeles, Las Vegas to Salt Lake City, where it joins the California Zephyr and continues through Denver to Chicago. I believe that the only Los Angeles-Houston train now is the Sunset Limited. JAMES M. ALLAIRE Arcadia Editor's note: The letter writer is correct.
TRAVEL
September 14, 1986
Though I am usually a big Travel Section fan, Richard Burgholz's article about Amtrak Aug. 10 annoyed me greatly. I had the pleasure of riding the train in a sleeping compartment in July, 1985, from Springfield, Mass., to Los Angeles. At no time during the three days did I feel any unpleasant bumping or wrenching from badly maintained tracks. The nights in my upper bunk on the top floor of the double-decker Pullman were pure bliss. Everything having to do with that trip was smooth.
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