Amtrak clearly doesn't get it.
Case in point. There is a train that runs from Seattle to Portland, but it doesn't get into Portland in time for most day workers. If I want to ride the train from Longview, WA to Portland, a 50 minute ride, it will cost me $28 for a RT ticket. If I want to take my bike with me, they will charge me another $5 each way - for a total of $10 bucks.
100s, if not 1000s of people commute from this area to Portland everyday. If they had an earlier train, and charged a little less, I'm certain they could fill that almost empty train.
I looked at multi-trip passes, and other opportunities to save money. They don't offer a multi-trip pass from this area to Portland. What are they thinking?
Here's an idea. If the traditionalists at Amtrak don't get it, maybe the City of Portland, or Metro could subsidize the commuters. It will be better on the environment that eliminating plastic shopping bags, spending the money to build more roads and parking spots, and will benefit everyone.
It's a shame, really.