AFAICT Amtrak Thruway buses accept bikes without boxing.
Does anyone know/have experience with getting a tandem bike on? Especially if we bought both tickets on the Amtrak site and "add bike" to each? And/or play dumb at the Thruway bus stop pickup ("oh we just assumed...there's no policy/info on the Amtrak website")
Or is the cargo entrance simply too small to slide a tandem in?
Experience from people who have used Thruway (either with a tandem or a regular ol' "half-bike") greatly appreciated....
I checked into this last year when touring with a long wheel based recumbent, which is similar in size to a tandem. I boxed the bike. I gave up on the idea after getting conflicting information depending on who I talked to with Amtrak or the bus companies. I'm glad I did because the bus I took was full, including the luggage compartment under the bus. That was after a ticketing agent told me it was a sparsely traveled route. It would be very hard to get an unboxed bike in the compartment. I ended up boxing and shipping to a bike shop, which worked well. On the return trip I was able to box the bike with 2 Amtrak boxes and take it on the baggage car of the train. This worked fairly well, but there are many things that can go wrong when traveling with a bike on Amtrak.