Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner is a pathetic train

Letters to the Editor: Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner is a relic. Rebuild and electrify it.

July 30

Editorial Page Editor

When I travel on the Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner, I can’t help but notice the lack of amenities. The seats are clean, but I have seen the other ones on this train on the many trips I’ve taken. There are no outlets on the train and no real legroom. At times the train is so full that a person has to stand.

The train is so old, there are few things you cannot do. I’ve been to many different cities and seen many different parks and other attractions. On the train, I could sit in the “seats” that are just there to provide room for people to stand in the middle of the train. I would not be surprised if they had a little storage area in there for stuff like a backpack.

I am not sure who is actually paying for this service, but I am still amazed that Amtrak can not come up with anything new to keep the people who ride this train from having to stand in the middle of the train for a long period of time.

Bob B.

Lancaster

Re: Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner is a relic. Rebuild and electrify it.

I was on an Amtrak train from Portland to Seattle about 25 years ago and I was amazed at the service. It was the oldest train I had ever been on and I was not surprised at the condition because the cars were a rusting mess. I enjoyed myself and thought everything was great. A few months later, I was on a train from Seattle to Portland when, for the first time, there were all the young people sitting together. The train was in the midst of a severe snow storm and I remember the snow landing on our laps and all the others around the train. It was a very unpleasant experience. I am glad that I did

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