Amtrak is making it easier for cyclists to tour the country with newly announced bicycle roll-on service | mashable

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Taking a bike tour around the northeastern United States just got a little easier.

Amtrak on Monday expanded its bicycle roll-on, roll-off service to trains between Washington, D.C. and Chicago. The rail authority has been testing the service on shorter routes since 2012.

For a fee of $20 — and with a reservation for one of the limited number of bike racks — passengers on the Capitol Limited can bring their bike on to a Superliner coach. The new system is a big improvement on the previous one, which required cyclists to disassemble their bike, pay a fee of $10 and buy a bike box for an additional $15, and then have to deal with stowing the bike as luggage.

MoBikeFed comment: Trains in Europe have offered nearly universal bicycle roll-on service for decades. The Missouri River Runner, which parallels the Katy Trail across Missouri, has offered bicycle roll-on service for nearly 2 decades now. It's great to see Amtrak's service in the rest of the country finally starting to catch up.

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