It would be awesome if the new Google mapping system was implemented for the overhead screens on the Cascades trains; I enjoy being able to glance up and see where we are at any given time, but the current GPS-based system is broken as often as not.
Google Helps Us Help You Track Trains
Today we're launching a new interactive tool that we created with Google to help you track any of our more than 300 daily trains and more accurately predict arrival times.
"This map joins several recent technology-related offerings that have improved the customer experience and changed how Amtrak does business," says Amtrak Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Matt Hardison. "It ultimately changes and enhances the way customers travel with us."
The new train location tracking map on Amtrak.com gives you train statuses, estimates of arrival times and even station information for every Amtrak train across the entire Amtrak system. That means the map covers coast to coast movements, 365 days a year and can be accessed 24 hours a day with just the click of a mouse.
“This tool creates a new platform for sharing information with our customers,” Hardison says. "Amtrak will continue to add helpful layers onto this map such as local travel and tourist information to provide passengers a one-stop location for all their travel needs.”
To see the new Google-enabled technology in action go here.
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I think that Amtrak's "Track A Train" application is great. I even did a youtube video.
I would like to see the "Track A Train" Map put higher up on Amtrak's homepage so that it is clearly seen on all computer screens. I would also like to see a Smartphone version of the application.
@kprice8 Check out my video or simply go to Amtrak's homepage and look below the "Tickets" box.