Free Booze: American Train Travel now Sucks Less

In a wild bid to boost ridership, Amtrak has announced that they will be doling out $100 worth of free alcohol to passengers.

The free drinks will only be made available to passengers on GrandLuxe trips–a luxury sleeper train service between Chicago and San Francisco (the California Zephyr), Washington D.C. and Miami (the Silver Meteor), and Chicago and Los Angeles (the Southwest Chief).

We’ve complained before here on Gadling about how much train travel in America sucks. Sure, this is a way to make it a little better, but if you ask me, $100 is an exorbitant amount of free alcohol to serve up to passengers on a 2-3 day journey. I think Amtrak is just asking for trouble here.