Amtrak makes low-key cuts on trains

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  1. sobore
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    The complimentary amenity kits on Amtrak's Empire Builder service from Chicago to Portland and Seattle and Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Seattle vanished forever last week.
    You'll still be able to buy the kits, which include an inflatable pillow, earplugs, blanket and eye shade. But it'll cost $8.

    Amtrak's move is the latest in a line of low-key reductions, including removing pillows from its coach sections and cutting the "free" glass of wine in dining cars.
    But don't look for your fare to drop by $8.

    "All these changes are necessary in order to reduce costs, increase revenues and preserve passenger rail service across our country," says Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods.

    In other words, just as the legacy airlines unbundled their airfares in 2009 when they started charging passengers for the first checked bag, these cuts are going to help shore up the troubled national rail carrier's bottom line. Amtrak lost about $73 million on food and beverage service alone last year.

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    Thanks for posting, sobore! It sounds like Amtrak is just following the lead of the major airlines in their cuts.
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