According to Bike Maryland, as reported by the WashCycle, today Amtrak tested roll-on bike service between Pittsburgh and DC. This is great news for cyclists who want to ride the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal Trail. Most people ride one way and must figure out how to transport their bikes and gear to the either the start or the end of their ride. Being able to roll your bike onto Amtrak is a great solution:
Bike Maryland reports:
Bike Maryland continues to work with a number of advocacy groups and leaders to bring bicyclists access to bring their bikes aboard Amtrak. Amtrak, working with the Virginia Bicycle Federation, has agreed to a test of roll-on bike service on the Capitol Limited from Pittsburgh to DC this Tuesday. Please note: all of the available bike racks have been filled on the test train but if you would like to see how the racks work, please join for the demonstration at Union Station. The Capitol Limited arrives at approximately 1:10 p.m. Champe Burnley, President of VA Bicycle Federation and a leader spear-heading this initiative states, “We’re excited to have this opportunity to work with Amtrak to test roll-on service and look forward to increasing travel options for our citizens.”
Kudos to Virginia Bicycling Federation for taking the lead on this effort. In August they recently circulated a letter to FABB and other bicycle advocacy groups asking for their support. Most groups, including FABB, signed on to the letter. VBF’s hard working is starting to pay off.