Amtrak continues Vermonter special

Amtrak continues Vermonter special

There are 9 comments on the Brattleboro Reformer story from May 5, 2010, titled Amtrak continues Vermonter special. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

After a successful in-state deal for Vermonters traveling via passenger rail, Amtrak has expanded the package for the remainder of the year.

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Mary

Newfane, VT

#1 May 5, 2010
"From October 2009 to March, the St. Albans to Springfield, Mass., segment saw ridership increase 10.2 percent"

A cheap way to transport drugs from Springfield! Just see what happens when they change the route from Amherst and go directly to Springfield. Look around Greenfield and Bratt (and other Amtrak/I-91 stops/exits) if you doubt my statement.
flat lander

United States

#2 May 5, 2010
polish the rails but the ride to nowhere can't make the grade to the "bridge future". you got to admire the view of Brattleboro's under belly and the homeless. It makes me want to listen to "willie" version of a rail.
Mary

Newfane, VT

#3 May 5, 2010
Notice from where most of these homeless came.
Two Things

Bellows Falls, VT

#4 May 5, 2010
Mary, any competent drug courier can afford a car. If you've ridden the train, it's obvious the riders aren't that sort anyhow.

Back to reality: The article should have mentioned where to find the fares, and the associated local deals on hotel rooms and such. It mentions these details are hard to find, and then helps hide them.
Mary

Newfane, VT

#5 May 5, 2010
Two Things wrote:
Mary, any competent drug courier can afford a car. If you've ridden the train, it's obvious the riders aren't that sort anyhow.
Back to reality: The article should have mentioned where to find the fares, and the associated local deals on hotel rooms and such. It mentions these details are hard to find, and then helps hide them.
I DO ride the train. With in-state fares at $12 it would be foolish not to. I also travel to Amherst, a great town, multiple times a year. Doing such, both instate and out, I have seen much. Please do not deem me incompetent of this statement because many of my ventures are dependence/abuse counseling related.

Besides, who says most of the drug-traffickers are competent? Many of the couriers do not directly deal, they just deliver &/or pick up. Perhaps you should actually ride the rails as well as study drug related reports of I-91. BOTH are responsible for movement of drugs and will be even more so once the Amtrak route is changed. Springfield sends drugs up and the couriers return with different drugs to supply the Springfield/Holyoke area.

I know what I am talking about, I work with the unfortunate folk who have fallen to this trade.
Conflicted Train RIder

Dearborn Heights, MI

#6 May 5, 2010
I love riding the train, but am having a hard time with Amtrak right now. They were granted 20 years to become compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and are now seeking an extension. Ever gotten on or off a train in Brattleboro? Noticed those steep steps? If you're in a wheel chair, you can't get on or off at most stops in the Northeast Corridor (DC to Boston and Montreal), and you have to get your tickets 2 weeks in advance if you happen to be going from one accessible stop to another. Amtrak has made people with disabilities second class citizens, making this train lover cringe.
flat lander

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#7 May 5, 2010
Good old /young Mary riding the rail from brat to Amherst is a destination to hell from being there too much.At least a derailment would being exciting. So moving down the rail is Holyoke, Chicopee and the west capital of mass. crime Springfield like wow?fun.Moving onto yea Hartford, New Britain and yes , yes New Haven but hold on cause here comes the best West Haven, Milford, Stratford, and wait please here it is Bridgeport yes the north east home to the Hells Angels and other great clubs. Well if at this point we need a good reference Westport and Martha Stewart is ahead in the land of high noses. But here comes the Empire of failures, Port Chester and beyond the charming peopleof the sardine world. what smells. wake me in Penn.
Codeless in VT

New Boston, NH

#8 May 5, 2010
Chris,
Thanks for the tip. Amtrak's promotion sounds like a breath of fresh air -- if only we knew the correct promotion code to enter. Can you, or one of your readers post the promotion code so we can actually take advantage of it?
Thanks very much,
LL
gary curley

Lincolnville, ME

#9 May 6, 2010
Now if they only would accommodate bicycles we could travel to other areas and cycle home or vice versa. It seems a bit odd that when municipal transit vehicles are outfitted with bike carriers that Amtrak can't find space for them.

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