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Amtrak suddenly cancels bike reservations on Maple line

Jul 10, 2022 12:30 am

Gillian Scott is reporting for the Times Union Amtrak has abruptly canceled bike reservations on its Maple Leaf line, leaving some travelers scrambling to salvage their plans. Since July 1, passengers on the Maple line, or trains 63 and 64, are no longer able to reserve spots for bicycles, and all existing reservations for bicycles on those trains were also canceled. The Maple Leaf line runs from New York to Albany to Toronto and it offers a key transportation option for cyclists looking to ride the 360 miles of the Empire State Trail between Buffalo and Albany. Cyclists take the train in one direction and then ride back to their starting point. Cyclists now have to find a shuttle service to take their bikes to Buffalo, rent a car or cancel their trips altogether. Jason Abrams, an Amtrak public relations manager, said the cancellations were caused by a need to change the train used for the line; the new train does not have bike racks. Passengers can try to book space on the Empire Line instead, which also offers travel between Albany and Buffalo, but there are limited spots for bicycles. Folding bikes are still allowed as carry-on luggage. Read the full story in the Times Union.