Ticket prices are rising by more than 20% a year on Amtrak’s ticket website, and some states have taken steps to curb what they call the “unfair” practices of booking and selling tickets online.
And for those who can’t get a reservation at the station, the agency is offering free rides to those who book at the Amtrak reservation desk, even if they can’t afford to travel.
“As an Amtrak passenger, we take pride in serving the most vulnerable and the most deserving of our passengers, including our most vulnerable passengers,” Amtrak spokesman Paul Pascual said in a statement.
“But we do have a responsibility to provide an affordable, reliable service to those most in need.
So Amtrak is offering discounted ticket prices to Amtrak members who have purchased Amtrak tickets on its website.”
The agency has also offered discounts to Amtrak travelers in states that require it to pay for Amtrak ticket purchases, such as Alaska, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico and Oregon.
Amtrak is notifying travelers that the agency may offer a discount for purchases made on the Amtrak website.
Amtrak spokesman Dave Loomis said the agency has had more than 2.5 million reservations since the company began offering discounted tickets last October, but many of those have not been approved.
Loomi said Amtrak has already begun allowing customers to purchase tickets through the website and will expand to other states in the coming weeks.
Amtrak has a website and mobile app that allows customers to search for Amtrak tickets, check fares, check availability, and pay with a credit card.
Amtrak also offers discounts at its reservation desk.
“This is a very small number of reservations,” Loomas said.
“A lot of people have taken advantage of this program.
But we recognize that some people have not and will not use this service.”
The online ticket sales have sparked some controversy.
Some travelers, including those who pay with cash, have questioned the value of using the system and have called it “fraudulent.”
Amtrak spokeswoman Katie Miller said the company will continue to provide discounted ticket sales to customers with valid Amtrak tickets.
“It’s a credit system and we provide a credit,” Miller said.
Amtrak officials also said they will be “continually reviewing” the program and working with states and the federal government to improve it.
Pascually said Amtrak will also continue to look at ways to reduce the impact of price gouging on the service.
“When a passenger pays for a ticket, we pay for the ticket,” Pascul said.
That’s why the agency says passengers who buy tickets at the reservation desk will be able use the website to purchase a ticket.
“We will continue making improvements to our ticketing and ticketing website to help passengers more easily buy their ticket,” he said.
For those who want to buy tickets for an Amtrak train trip, the train will cost them $1,000.
Amtrak’s website allows users to book a train trip at no cost.
For a trip that takes three hours, passengers can pay $200 for a one-way ticket.
Amtrak says that riders can book the same train at no extra cost with a $100 credit.
“For the same price you would pay at the ticket desk, you could save $2,500 on a one way ticket to a train station,” Pescual said.