Two points of view about Amtrak’s new October 1, 2015 baggage policy enforcement

September 29, 2015

We offer two versions of the news about Amtrak’s new baggage policy enforcement, set to begin Thursday, October 1, 2015.

First, from Time Magazine:

Amtrak Gets Stricter on Baggage, But is Still is Very, Very Generous

Amtrak baggage fees are still nothing compared to checking a bag on a plane.

If you were passing through the Amtrak terminal at New York City’s Pennsylvania Station last night with a Wes Andersonian amount of luggage, you most likely overheard a loudspeaker announcement telling you the next time you brought a mountain of luggage, it would cost you something.Website Insert Cars and Financing copy

Effective October 1st, Amtrak will begin to enforce its long-standing baggage policy.

From now on, passengers get 150 pounds of luggage gratis: two personal items up to 25 pounds each, and two carry-ons up to 50 pounds each. If you really need to, you can take two more pieces aboard for $20 each. In other words, for $40 you can transport up to 250 pounds of your stuff.

“It isn’t so much a revenue generator as it is a baggage space control device,” the Mineta Transportation Institute‘s executive director emeritus Rod Diridon told Marketplace.org, who added that the policy change perhaps should have been revenue focused, considering the underfunded nature of rail in the U.S.

Read Time Magazine writer Ethan Wolff-Mann’s full story by clicking here.

Second, from Time Magazine sister publication, Fortune:

The worst thing about air travel is coming to trains

Baggage charges are coming October 1.

If you swear by traveling Amtrak, you better be careful with your luggage. The train will begin charging for extra baggage or bags that measure over the limits starting Oct. 1.Website Insert Out of the Box Thinking copy

Customers will be charged a $20 excess baggage feet for every carry-on and personal item above the two-item and two carry-on limit. “A maximum of two excess bags are permitted per passenger. Fees will be collected at the station or onboard the train if the station is unstaffed,” according to the Amtrak website.

For carry-on bags, the weight limit is 50 lbs. and 28″ x 22″ x 11″ and for personal items, the weight limit is 25 lbs. and 14″ x 11″ x 17,” according to Amtrak.

Read writer Benjamin Snyder’s full article in Fortune by clicking here.

 

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