Amtrak Train Service
Connellsville's Capital Limited Line Service
Washington DC - Pittsburgh
TRAVELING ALONG THE GREAT ALLEGHENY PASSAGE AND C&O CANAL TOWPATH WITH AMTRAK
As of September 2015, Amtrak is offering roll on, roll off service on the Capitol Limited line, which runs between Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh, Pa. (ending in Chicago, Ill.). There are multiple stops along the line, including trail towns like Cumberland, Rockwood, and Connellsville.
For Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath riders, the option of taking the train from your start or end point has always been limited by the requirement of boxing your bike and stowing it with luggage. Because Pittburgh and D.C. are the only stops which allow luggage to be taken off or added, even boxing your bike was not an option for those taking the train to or from Cumberland (still no luggage access there). With roll on, roll off service, your bike is no longer luggage and so you will have access at any stop along the line. Additionally, you do not need to go through the effort of boxing and unboxing your bike.
What does this service mean to you, the GAP/C&O Bike Rider?
1. You will have to reserve a bike space along with your ticket purchase online. There will be a 8 (eight) bike spaces per train. When you purchase your tickets online, you’ll see an option under the train selection to “add a bike.” Bikes on the Capitol Limited line are $20 each.
2. Only standard-sized bikes are permitted. No tandems, no trikes, no recumbents, no fat bikes.
3. Checked luggage is still accessible only at Pittsburgh and D.C.
4. Westbound riders: train leaves D.C. at 4 p.m., arrives in Pittsburgh at midnight (barring delays on the track). Eastbound riders: train leaves Pittsburgh at 5:20 a.m., arrives D.C. at 1 p.m (barring delays). Leave enough time to arrive at stations and roll on your bike, especially in D.C.!
*Lastly, don’t forget this train goes all the way to Chicago. So some great options for bike/train transport between D.C. and Chicago have become a reality!
FURTHER BIKE REQUIREMENTS, VIA AMTRAK
There is a listing of further requirements and conditions on the Amtrak website pertaining to bikes on their trains. Read more about it on their Bring Your Bicycle Onboard section and see a list of all lines that allow walk-on service.
Requirements – roll on, roll off
-Carry-On - 50 pounds (Standard bicycle sizes apply)
-Checked - 50 pounds - 70" x 41" x 8.5"
Reserve Space Early
For trains with reserved bicycle space, bicycle racks may be reserved when booking travel; service fees may apply. Each passenger may bring one bicycle. Tickets must be supplied when tickets are collected onboard. Reservations may be made here at Amtrak.com or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.
Secure Your Bike
Passengers are responsible for supplying their own cords and locking devices.
Specially Designated Spaces Only
Bicycles must be stored in the designated racks. Trains with unreserved walk-on bicycle service, racks are available at a first-come, first-serve basis. When the racks are full, bikes will no longer be accepted onboard.
Amtrak disclaims liability for loss of or damage to bicycles carried onboard and stored in bike racks.
Folding Bikes Brought Aboard as Carry-On Baggage
Folding bicycles may be brought aboard certain passenger cars as carry-on baggage. Only true folding bicycles (bicycles specifically designed to fold up into a compact assembly) are acceptable. Generally, these bikes have frame latches allowing the frame to be collapsed, and small wheels. Regular bikes of any size, with or without wheels, are not considered folding bikes, and may not be stored as folding bikes aboard trains.
You must fold up your folding bicycle before boarding the train. You may store the bike only in luggage storage areas at the end of the car (or, in Super-liners, on the lower level). You may not store bikes in overhead racks.