Amtrak to Discontinue Freshly Prepared Meals on Long-Distance Trains

By Paul Riegler on 9 October 2018
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30th Street Station in Philadelphia

30th Street Station in Philadelphia

Amtrak plans an end to cooking meals on board for its sleeping-car customers and Amtrak employees are protesting the changes, which they say will involve the layoff of 1,700 workers.

The railroad plans to discontinue its current first-class service on long-distance trains and the move would result in the elimination of 14 chef positions.  In June, the railroad discontinued dining-car service on the long-distance Capitol Limited and Lake Shore Limited trains, substituting pre-packaged food served in a balsa wood container for freshly prepared meals.

“We are undertaking changes with the dining service to provide higher-quality food with a contemporary style of service,” said Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams in a statement. “Sleeping car customers on the Lake Shore Limited and Capitol Limited can now dine on fresh food choices, including a hot option.”

The union protested the possible layoffs on Tuesday on the steps of the James Farley Post Office over what they said could be the elimination of 1,700 positions. The workers held up signs depicting Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson as a robber baron.

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