Amtrak's traditional dining cars scream to a halt on these routes through Penn Station – and millennials are partly to blame.
Starting October 1, economically tense rail transport will eliminate freshly cooked three-route meals as it removes its trains and restores their classic dining cars to share tables to reduce costs – and because young people want more personal space, Amtrak says -tjenestemenn.
"Some people, especially our new millennial customers, don't like it very much," Peter Wilander, Amtrak's head of customer experience, told the Washington Post about the diners' current cozy layout.
"They want more privacy. They will not feel uncomfortable sitting next to people. ”
Among the panes that go onboard the kitchen and white linen tablecloths for a more“ modern ”experience are Cardinal (New York-Chicago), Crescent (New York-New Orleans) and Silver Meteor (New York-Miami) ).
The change will also affect the Silver Star, another New York-to-Miami service, which starts next year, officials said.
Meanwhile, customers with sleeping cars will receive a "flexible serving service" where ready-made alternatives can be delivered to their room.
Instead of a juicy steak dinner or tasty French toast, they will now choose from pre-packaged meals such as. an Asian noodle dish, chicken fettuccine or a breakfast buffet of hard boiled eggs and muffins.
"We continue to develop our on-board accommodations and dining experiences to meet the needs of today's customers," Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson said in a statement.
The changes are valid To save about $ 2 million a year, officials said.
Josh Ingram, 54, who headed for a Miami-bound train at Penn Station on Sunday, acknowledged to The Post that "people just don't like talking to every other road they used to do" ̵
"It's nostalgia that people care about, not the food," Ingram said. "The food on these trains has not been good for many years."
But 25-year-old Nathan Sieminski, who commutes once a month on Amtrak from New York to Charlottesville, Va., Said he is not upset to see eating cars go by.
"The dining car is only open for a few hours, and when it is open, the lines are long and the food is questionable," Sieminski said. “I basically got a microwave pizza recently. It's not something people will miss. ”
Additional reporting by Daniel Cassady