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Arthur Frommer: Recent Tax Cuts Will Force Reductions in Travel Services

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/23/2018, 5:15 PM

Some commentators have rejoiced over the recent reduction in federal taxes enjoyed by American corporations and the wealthy. Fewer of those pundits have pointed out that those reductions have been achieved in part by reducing our government’s expenditures for programs that improve our quality of life.   The U.S. travel world—and especially our trains and passenger aviation—has suffered in parti...

An Ignorant Proposed Cut in Amtrak's Budget Would Devastate That Much-Needed Service

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/20/2017, 12:00 AM

President Trump wants to reduce Amtrak's budget. Once and for all: What has the right wing got against long-distance rail service?...

Amtrak's Winter Park Express Offers Affordable Day Trips Between Denver and Ski Resort

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/23/2017, 5:00 AM

Attention, budget-conscious winter sports enthusiasts: After a seven-year break, Amtrak has brought back the Winter Park Express, which travels between Denver's Union Station and the base of the Winter Park ski resort. On Saturdays and Sundays until March 26, trains depart Denver at 7am, arriving at Winter Park two hours later. The return trip starts from the mountain resort at 4:30pm. ...

Amtrak Vacations Introduces New Trip Packages

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/10/2016, 5:00 AM

Amtrak Vacations has announced 25 new rail-based vacation packages, bringing the grand total of its itineraries to about 350. The packages can be purchased in a bundle or customized to get you to scores of locations in the 46 states where Amtrak operates. The marquee offering of the new additions is called Grand National Parks. It's a round-trip journey between Chicago and three of the...

How You Book Rail Is About to Change

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/04/2016, 4:15 PM

Train travel is a $300 billion market. Globally, more than twice as much was invested in high speed rail as it was in air transportation last year. And that’s how it should be. The world’s roads can’t keep up with population swells that are swamping them with cars. Our climate, too, needs some TLC, and rail is an infinitely greener mode of transportation than any other (with the exception...

Amtrak Passengers Often Forfeit a Great Deal of Money by Failing to Inquire About the Price of Earlier or Later Trains

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/14/2016, 8:00 PM

       A rule of train travel, too often overlooked, is that successive Amtrak departures to the same destination are often priced differently. By failing to inquire about the price of earlier or later trains, one often gives up a great deal of money.        I learned that lesson on a recent trip from New York City to Philadelphia. Learning that a particular train left at 10:52 am,...

New Amtrak Locomotives Responsible for Reduction in Delays

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/08/2016, 12:15 PM

We've been saying it for years: Amtrak service will remain disappointing until it receives the necessary funding. That seems so obvious it hardly needs defending, but just in case you still need convincing, here's a news item that makes the same case: Back in 2013, Amtrak received a $466 million federal loan to build 70 new, technologically advanced locomotives to replace the rickety m...

The Hardships Encountered by Passengers at the Nation's Overcrowded Airports Are Because of Congress' Refusal to Properly Fund Amtrak

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/26/2016, 8:30 PM

Photo credit: Jake McGuire      We are now in the full throes of the summer travel season, and the airports are jammed. I use the word "throes" advisedly. The dictionary defines "throes" as "intense or violent pain or struggle," and that's exactly the phrase to describe our current airport conditions.        The check-in counters are jammed, the corridors a mass of crowds, the...

Et tu, Amtrak? Baggage Fees Coming to Rail

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/01/2015, 6:00 PM

Amtrak is taking a page from the airlines. No, make that two pages. Starting today it will start charging for bags. And it's telling us this is for our own good. According to the railroad, passengers have been trying to bring too many large bags onboard. So it will now start enforcing a limit of two carry-on bags. Those who have more bags will incur a $20 fee for each. And if the bag w...

The Failure of Congress to Properly Fund Amtrak Was the Clear Cause of Last Month's Derailment, and Condemns Our Rail System to Second-Class Status

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/22/2015, 3:30 PM

     Countless articles have discussed the recent tragic derailment of an Amtrak train outside of Philadelphia, and the consequent deaths of eight passengers and severe injuries to many more.  Countless reasons have been cited for Amtrak’s failure to prevent its trains from traveling at high speed around curves, and countless theories have been voiced as to why adequate safety measur...

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