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AN ESSAY ON TRAIN TRAVEL FROM KCMO TO TAMPA OR ORLANDO

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AN ESSAY ON TRAIN TRAVEL FROM KCMO TO TAMPA OR ORLANDO

By Robert L. Huffstutter

 

 

The Amtrak Silver Star departs New York City and travels to Tampa and Orlando. Round trip fare is reasonable for 2 adults and 1 child, about $600.

 

In past essays, I have continually complained about the lack of transportation via passenger trains in the USA as compared to that of past eras leading up to and including the 1960s.

 

I am doing a brief and simple follow-up on what is available and the cost for this transportation.

 

The real focus, however, is on the convenience of train travel in the USA. I would like to see train travel that is convenient and reliable.

 

If a train of this class (the Silver Star, in the photo above) departed Kansas City and went to Tampa and Orlando, as the crow flys, I would imagine the train would be booked most of the time. But to get to Tampa or Orlando, one must go to Chicago, then on to Washington DC and then into NYC. (These trains are almost always booked during the summer months.)

 

The fare from KC to NYC round trip is about $600, not a bad price, but the rub comes when one wants to go to Florida from Kansas City and is required to pay an extra $600 to get there because of the NYC requirement to connect to Florida-bound trains.

 

Basically, there is a demand for more passenger trains in the USA. The question might be: why doesn't AMTRAK add more trains to these routes? Does anyone know the reason? Could not some of the millions, or billions, in stimulus money be directed to railway travel throughout the United States?

 

The market for the NYC to FL is not hard to comprehend. Many high rollers living in NYC own homes in Miami and other resort cities. Many of these folks prefer not to fly and enjoy the amenities offered on these super trains leaving Penn Station bound for Florida. These are all FIRST CLASS TRAINS, but some of the extras like dining are extra if one is not booked into a compartment. Time of trip is about 25 hours, enough time to see the sights down the Atlantic coast. It should be a good trip for those not in a hurry.

 

Smoking is not allowed. Smokeless tobacco is prohibited too. However, unless the attendents performs jowl checks, it would be one rule that is hard to enforce.

 

For passengers wanting to economize, packed lunches are permitted. Coolers? I rather doubt that coolers would be allowed, but beer and soda is available. Flasks? Pack them at your own discretion.

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Taken on July 20, 2011