Overcrowded Amtrak Trains Causing Frustrations
By an edhat reader
Sheriff's Officers arrived [Monday] on the Amtrak platform in Carpenteria to help maintain order with the testy crowd. Our employee who was waiting in the crowd reported that after waiting for this morning's first scheduled train, that there were 150 people on the platform trying to crowd on to the already standing room only train when it pulled up. Now he is waiting on the second train, also one hour late, and there are now approx., 500 people on the platform. He says when the train pulled up to the platform that it is already standing room only before anyone was allowed to get on..
We are going on our second week of our employees missing work because they cannot get on a train in Carpenteria due to the closure of Hwy 101.
So many people are on the train that they do not even check the tickets between Ventura and Santa Barbara.
He has missed numerous trains each day in spite of having a ticket and waiting for hours for the trains which are between 45-60 minutes late each and every day.
He has spoken to Amtrak who seems nonplussed and unmotivated to add additional cars or trains to their schedule.
Doctors, Nurses and medical professionals are allowed to board first, rightfully so, but it seems doubtful that there are 150-500 such professionals who live in Carpenteria alone.
We need your help in getting people to call on Amtrak, implore them to add to their service to our community in a time of need. The number is: 1 (800) 872-7245
As a business owner and employer in Santa Barbara, we remain in a challenging emergency environment, and a challenging business environment due to the fires, smoke, ash, flood and debris flow, and the damage and loss from these disasters which we will live with for many years. I know that our employees are not the only ones suffering from loss of income and they want and need to be able to get to work.
Please help us by calling on Amtrak to make this right, as I'm sure there are other employees and employers in our community who have the same issue.
More importantly, our hearts and prayers go out to those who have lost loved ones, those that have lost their homes and are displaced by this horrible tragedy. Thank you to our first responders and emergency and medical professionals who have worked so tirelessly for so many. God save us all.