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  •  According to Amtrak, you can use cash: (2+ / 0-)

    "Ticket Agent at the Station
    You can purchase tickets in person at any staffed Amtrak station. At most staffed stations, we accept cash, credit cards, and debit cards with a credit card logo."

    •  but not anonymously. They won't sell it for cash (0+ / 0-)

      without ID.

      •  True, you need a photo ID just like (2+ / 0-)

        you do for air travel.

      •  Some places have ticket machines (1+ / 0-)
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        nuclear winter solstice

        but think of Amtrak as being run more like airlines, and you'll have a better idea of their ticketing and luggage operations.

        (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

        by PJEvans on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 06:09:41 PM PDT

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        •  so I don't think giving our IDs to Amtrak makes us (1+ / 0-)
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          Carol in San Antonio

          any safer, if you refer to part two of my original story, wherein anyone could have entered the platform.

          Genuine security means fixing the fence. All else is public relations theater.

          I remember a day when it would have been considered a public health hazard to take your shoes off in a public place. That's why they are required in stores and other public places. I really don't want to slog barefoot through the same path every other sweaty athlete's footed, plantar-warted person at the airport already did. Sorry, don't mean to be rude, but who knows who has what out there. That's why we have public health laws. Exactly how many people have we caught with contraband (weapons, drugs, anything) in their shoes since the shoe-bomber? How many people have caught germs from handling all the buckets that everyone puts their shoes in after using the public bathrooms? I'm not usually a germophobe, but in this instance, I have to ask which is the bigger risk?

          Everybody's talkin' about trying to jam the NSA with baloney in their e-mails now. What about taking a single day and everyone in every airport across America refuse to take off your shoes. They can't arrest everyone. Would that kind of protest shut down air traffic or would the TSA give in? Years ago I wrote about this and a "businessman" on daily kos told me not to try any civil disobedience like that because he had a plane to catch and he didn't want the inconvenience. Nothing will ever change until people realize this is all just a charade.

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