Amtrak goes Electronic

Amtrak, the US Rail system has some of the most archaic ticketing systems of any rail system in the world. One element of their system is that you have needed a paper ticket to ride.

Not anymore.

As of last Monday,  Amtrak passengers may print out their own tickets at home or download them to their smartphone or tablet. Yes, E tickets have arrived on trains, only years after airlines abolished paper tickets.

The system was trialled in California and had a massive uptake. I have been generally using the electronic ticketing machines at stations which has always worked well. They are quite fast but this speeds things up a little more. The lines at some Amtrak stations (eg New York Penn station). to speak to a human are ridiculous


 (Photo: Mashable)

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