Now, with Philadelphia's Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority having to take its newest multiple unit cars out of service for running gear repairs (doesn't anybody know how to build Passenger Rail cars any more?), Amtrak finds itself in the commuter business, and engendering ill will.
Amtrak will make four more stops at Ardmore - three inbound and one outbound - and add an extra car to six of the eight Keystone trains between New York and Harrisburg.This apparently required a ukase from L'Enfant Plaza.
Passengers will need Amtraks ticket to ride on the trains.
As an Amtrak train pulled into the Ardmore Station Wednesday morning, hopeful SEPTA passengers approached the open doors, only to be disappointed.Let's see if I understand this ... Amtrak stops additional trains at Ardmore for the benefit of commuters and then requires those commuters to have Amtrak tickets to board. Legally sound, but politically, that's the kind of thing that will make voters receptive to Tea Party arguments about Washington agencies.
While Amtrak had let commuters catch a ride to 30th Street Station on Tuesday, the conductor would only let Amtrak riders board on Wednesday.
"We will take them at 11 bucks a piece," he told the crowd as the train pulled away.