On a recent Oceanside brunch ride OCRR found itself at the mercy of the latest Amtrak set of rules designed to make it unworkable for cyclist to make use of the Amtrak trains.
Eight OCRR riders found themselves in Oceanside waiting for the 12:49 train back to Irvine. The train arrived with no less than 6 cars and a baggage car. We were informed that only one (1) car had bicycle hooks limiting us to 3 bicycles. The Amtrak conductors REFUSED to open or even consider opening the baggage car citing a recent Amtrak Baggage committee policy of not loading bicycles in baggage cars. The ticket personal did make known that if we were willing to pay $20.00 per bicycle we could load our bicycles in the baggage car. The attitude of the train crew was arrogant and indifferent at best.
The ticket personal took that position that "its not my job" and they could have cared less.
As a result, 2 of us rode back to Orange County and 3 waited for later trains or Metrolink.
It is oblivious that Amtrak has become anti cycling and is doing nothing to encourage the use of their trains by the cycling community.
As a result of this, OCRR will no longer plan rides that depend on Amtrak as the mode of return.
So riders beware. Amtrak does not like cyclists. Use it at your peril.