March 15, 2019
“Carry-On Bicycle Service” allows bicyclists to carry on to and then store their bicycle in the passenger car of a train without boxing, bagging, or disassembling it.
The six New York State-financed Amtrak trains primarily used by visitors to travel to Niagara Falls, New York, do not offer “Carry-On Bicycle Service” for passengers. Those Amtrak trains do not offer any type of bicycle carriage service. A solution to this omission might be in the offing.
Amtrak has issued an RFP for new trainsets (trains with three or four passenger cars with or without a cafe, dining, or baggage car) to be used on the New York State-financed Empire Service, Maple Leaf, Adirondack, Ethan Allen; other states’ financed routes (e. g., Keystone Service in Pennsylvania); and on Amtrak financed North East Corridor (NEC) routes. Do not expect the new train sets to be in service for at least 5 to 10 years. It takes time to design, manufacture, test, certify, and place into service this equipment.
A “Bicycle Task Force” comprised of state bicycle coalitions, are striving to have Amtrak convert the luggage towers in the AmFleet passenger cars currently in service on state-financed routes for "Carry-On Bicycle Service." If you'd like to support this initiative, please sign the this letter.
This letter asks Amtrak and the ‘State Amtrak Intercity Passenger Rail Committee’ (SAIPRC) of which the New York State DOT is a voting member to assure facilities (bicycle racks/bike hooks/etc.) for “Carry-On Bicycle Service” are included in any manufacturer’s accepted proposal for these new train sets.