April 15, 2013 Amtrak Auto Train Launches Priority Vehicle Offloading

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Timesaving upgrade gets passengers to destination faster

WASHINGTON – Amtrak Auto Train now offers a new upgrade option for passengers who want to speed up their journey. Passengers can purchase an upgrade to Priority Vehicle Offloading and their vehicle will be one of the first 20 offloaded from the train. Vehicle counts can total 200-300 per train. This new service will help passengers get to their destination sooner.

Priority Vehicle Offloading can be purchased now and is available for travel beginning on April 29, 2013.

For a $50 fee, Priority Vehicle Offloading is available by calling 877-SKIP-I-95 or for purchase at any staffed station. This upgrade can be added to existing and online reservations by calling or visiting an Amtrak Ticket Office. Priority Vehicle Offloading is limited to automobiles, vans, SUV’s and trailers. Motorcycles are not eligible for this new upgrade.

“With this upgrade option, we hope to improve the service experience for select Auto Train passengers by reducing the amount of time spent waiting for their vehicle,” said Brian Rosenwald, Amtrak’s Chief of Product Development.

As one of Amtrak’s most popular routes, Auto Train allows passengers to travel with their personal vehicles including cars, vans, SUVs, motorcycles, small boats or jet-skis. It is the only such service in the U.S and eliminates nearly 900 miles of driving for travelers between the Northeast and all points in Florida. Auto Train is the longest passenger train in the world with two locomotives and 40-plus passenger rail cars and vehicle carriers.

Each day one Auto Train departs from both Lorton, Va. (near Washington, D.C.), and Sanford, Fla. (near Orlando), with up to 600 passengers. While passengers travel in wide, comfortable seats, their vehicles make the journey in enclosed vehicle carriers.

Sleeping accommodations – roomettes and bedrooms – are also available for the overnight journey.

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