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Old 12-18-2013, 08:31 AM
 
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I bought tickets for an amtrak train from BBY to Trenton. I realized that we should get on at South Station so that we can get the seats we want. I don't think they check tickets between South Station and BBY, but can anyone confirm?

I know the tickets cost the same regardless of where you originate and even if they did check I can't imagine they would really care, but I'd just like to know.
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:52 AM
 
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I take Amtrak to Rhode Island, New York, or DC 2-3 times a year. A lot of people do board at South Station, but the cars are far from full. So I wouldn't sweat that aspect if I were you.
As for ticket checks, sometimes the conductors have gone through before we reach Back Bay but other times not. I think it depends on how many tickets were sold, since the time between those stations is short. More importantly - in these times of stepped-up security you now have to display your ticket before you're allowed onto the boarding platform. Why risk being turned away by a by-the-book type of employee?
On several time-crunched occasions I've held a ticket purchased in advance for departing from South Station, only to end up leaving from Back Bay. (From where I live the latter station can be reached much more quickly by cab.) Never has there been a problem. Not that there should've been. My point here is that since the fare is indeed the same the opposite scenario - leaving South Station with tix marked "Back Bay" - ought to be a non-issue.
Why not go to the source and find out for sure?
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:54 AM
 
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Oh I forgot about having your ticket checked on the platform at South Station. I wouldn't anticipate a crowded train except for the fact that I'm traveling the day before Christmas. I think we'll be fine to get on at Back Bay anyway (which is much easier to get to, I agree). Thanks for the perspective.
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:00 AM
 
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I do not think Amtrak should care, give them a call to double check. For that matter they'll probably change your reservation for you. No one is allowed to disembark at BBY anyway and the prices are the same.
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