Anybody have any idea whether these new bicycle baggage cars will accept tandems?
Amtrak to welcome bicycling passengers by end of the year
By Jon Schmitz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Amtrak said it will begin to introduce new baggage cars equipped with bicycle racks on all of its long-distance trains, including the Capitol Limited serving Pittsburgh, by the end of the year.
“This is a service and amenity that we want to make sure we can offer,” Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz said Tuesday.
“It’*s great to have Amtrak understanding how important the bike tourism industry is,” said Linda Boxx, board member and former president of the Allegheny Trail Alliance, who has worked for years to persuade Amtrak to provide better accommodations for bikes.
The railroad has ordered 55 new baggage cars with bike racks, and the cars will be placed on all 15 long-distance routes, including the Capitol Limited, which operates between Chicago and Washington, D.C., through Pittsburgh. The eastern leg of the route closely follows the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Towpath, trails that extend from Pittsburgh to Washington.