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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Kirk Fredrickson, WSDOT Cascades Operations Supervisor, 360-705-7939 (Olympia)
Vernaé Graham, Amtrak Media Relations, 510-238-4360 (Oakland)
OLYMPIA – Enjoying the Pacific Northwest on two wheels just got a bit easier.
The Washington State Department of Transportation and Amtrak recently added more bicycle storage racks to all Amtrak Cascades trains, with space for 10 bicycles now available. Riders can reserve a seat and bike space through http://www.amtrakcascades.com/ or by calling 1-800 -USA- RAIL.
“Washington is a six-time champ as the top bicycle-friendly state and these bike racks will make it easier for bicyclists to combine Amtrak Cascades and bicycle travel to tour the Pacific Northwest – from Eugene, Ore. to Vancouver, BC, and all stops in between,” said Washington Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson.
On-board bicycle storage racks must be reserved in advance and can only accommodate standard bicycles. The racks allow Amtrak staff to hang and secure standard bicycles on the walls of baggage cars. Tandem, recumbent, or other specialized bicycles will require a bicycle bag or box and must be checked as baggage at staffed Amtrak stations. Travelers who do not have a bicycle box can purchase one at staffed Amtrak stations for $15.
When Amtrak Cascades trains began service in 1999, six bicycle storage racks were included in each train’s baggage car.
To reserve a bicycle rack, buy tickets early for the best fares. All cities are on sale at 25 percent off when purchased early. Once on the train, local food and drink is available in recently- upgraded bistro cars.
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