U.S. Rail Line Amtrak Mulls Shrinking Legroom Like Airlines Do

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U.S. Rail Line Amtrak Mulls Shrinking Legroom Like Airlines Do - World News


A woman passenger enjoys her premium Amtrak seat on September 9, 2016. The rail line is considering shrinking legroom in economy-class seats to increase revenue. Amtrak

Skift Take: Senator Schumer's opposition won't be enough to dissuade Amtrak from installing economy seats and mounting an initiative to increase ancillary revenue. Hellooo: Former Delta CEO Richard Anderson is the new Amtrak CEO. Enough said.

— Dennis Schaal

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is asking Amtrak to discard the idea of creating new economy seating with reduced legroom aboard its trains.

Schumer says in a statement Sunday that Amtrak should find other ways to save money without burdening passengers.

Outgoing Amtrak co-chief executive Wick Moorman said last week that the company was looking at creating the “economy” seating that would add more rows of seats in an effort to make more money.

Schumer is calling the idea “right out of the airline’s playbook.” The senator from New York is urging Amtrak to “scrap the shrinking seats idea” and look at other ways of making money.

He said the government should invest in Amtrak every year so the company doesn’t have to consider proposals that hurt the consumer.

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