“Yesterday at a meeting in Harrisburg, Amtrak officials announced that they would begin offering roll-on/roll-off bicycle service on the Capitol Limited by the end of June 2011!
This means that cyclists boarding at Pittsburgh, Connellsville, Cumberland, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Rockville, or Washington, DC will be able to roll their bikes onto the train(reservations will be required; spaces will be limited at first), put them in a rack, and get off at any of these stops. Amtrak will be retrofitting several cars and needs to work out operational issues before the service can begin.”
With this, and the PGH <-> DC trail, it will be a huge draw for cyclists. In California, where they have roll on service all over, we would incorporate this into our group rides. Hop on the train in the morning, visit some attraction, then ride home. The local bike club would even cover our train tickets in most cases.
OK, now that we have their attention, how about Pgh-Philly? Or maybe invite some Amtrak officials to join a future Crush The Commonwealth ride, and suggest maybe rolling a bike onto a train would be maybe a tad easier, and they could make a couple bucks more selling us PBJs.
This is great news! They seemed pretty open to exploring the issue according to the letter I received from them, but it seemed as though they had decided to stick with the status quo. I’m so happy that we all won this campaign. Nice job everyone!
amtrak is also seriously thinking of resuming service to rockwood, pa. this is where route S leaves the trail and heads to philly while the trail continues to dc. this is also about 100 miles from pittsburgh. this could help jump start a ride to philly, or be a easy way to quit a ride back to pittsburgh.