Home Open Account Help 263 users online

Passenger Trains > Ames, Iowa; Iowas State U; Amtrak; How?


Date: 02/15/11 15:17
Ames, Iowa; Iowas State U; Amtrak; How?
Author: john1082

Like most denizens of the Western Board, I am geographically challenged east of Denver! This coming summer I get to / must attend a conference at Iowa State University in Ames. There does not seem to be an easy way to get to Ames from an Amtrak line (eith #5/6 or #7/8). Would it really be difficult to do or am I missing something?



Date: 02/15/11 15:25
Re: Ames, Iowa; Iowas State U; Amtrak; How?
Author: andersonb109

I would take #6 to Omaha and rent a car. Not sure if there are any rental car locations downtown so a cab ride to the airport might be necessary.



Date: 02/15/11 15:29
Re: Ames, Iowa; Iowas State U; Amtrak; How?
Author: DavidP

The closest stop to Ames is Osceola, however you're likely to find it challenging to get from there to Ames. The next stop further east is Ottumwa, which at least has an Enterprise Rental Car agency.

Dave



Date: 02/15/11 16:16
Re: Ames, Iowa; Iowas State U; Amtrak; How?
Author: CP8888

Take the California Zephyr to Osceola, Iowa. There is
connecting bus service to Ames offered by Jefferson Lines.
Go to www.jeffersonlines.com.



Date: 02/15/11 17:16
Re: Ames, Iowa; Iowas State U; Amtrak; How?
Author: The_Chief_Way

getting from Amtrak to Jefferson could be a prob



Date: 02/15/11 17:39
Re: Ames, Iowa; Iowas State U; Amtrak; How?
Author: krapplem

The_Chief_Way Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> getting from Amtrak to Jefferson could be a prob


Jefferson picks passengers up at 2 locations in Osceola, one of which is the Amtrak station.

http://www.jeffersonlines.com/schedule.asp?state=IA



Date: 02/15/11 17:42
Re: Ames, Iowa; Iowas State U; Amtrak; How?
Author: CP8888

The Jefferson bus stop in Osceola is the Amtrak Station.
Jefferson bus stop in Ames is the Iowa State Memorial Student Union.

Jefferson is a progressive carrier unlike the D-O-G.



Date: 02/15/11 17:48
Re: Ames, Iowa; Iowas State U; Amtrak; How?
Author: ProRail

john1082 Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Like most denizens of the Western Board, I am
> geographically challenged east of Denver! This
> coming summer I get to / must attend a conference
> at Iowa State University in Ames. There does not
> seem to be an easy way to get to Ames from an
> Amtrak line (eith #5/6 or #7/8). Would it really
> be difficult to do or am I missing something?

You mean Iowa isn't in the West? Who knew? I thoughrt all those cattle drives ended in Iowa...or was that Kansas?



Date: 02/15/11 18:49
Re: Ames, Iowa; Iowas State U; Amtrak; How?
Author: barrydraper

ProRail Wrote:
------------------------------------------------
> You mean Iowa isn't in the West? Who knew? I
> thoughrt all those cattle drives ended in
> Iowa...or was that Kansas?

To a Native Californian the East begins where the rivers stop flowing toward the Pacific (Or the Great Salt Lake). ;>)

Barry Draper



Date: 02/15/11 20:06
Re: Ames, Iowa; Iowas State U; Amtrak; How?
Author: hesdjjim

I haven't looked at the Jefferson bus schedule yet, but one question, what if the train's late? Is this a risky connection?



Date: 02/15/11 20:22
Re: Ames, Iowa; Iowas State U; Amtrak; How?
Author: QU25C

andersonb109 Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> I would take #6 to Omaha and rent a car. Not sure
> if there are any rental car locations downtown so
> a cab ride to the airport might be necessary.


This is you best bet, The drive isn't bad and you will want a car, They have buses in Ames but there will be stuff to see out side of town. Look up 2/14/11, 15:51 about fanning west of Chicago on the Western Board and print it.



Date: 02/16/11 09:54
Re: Ames, Iowa; Iowas State U; Amtrak; How?
Author: krapplem

hesdjjim Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> I haven't looked at the Jefferson bus schedule
> yet, but one question, what if the train's late?
> Is this a risky connection?


Yes. Average delay over the past 3 weeks is 52 minutes. One delay was 5 hours. Most arrival times were 30 minutes or less off of timetable. To be safe, I would suggest at least a 2 hour layover.



Date: 02/16/11 14:11
Re: Ames, Iowa; Iowas State U; Amtrak; How?
Author: timecruncher

Biggest issue I have with bus lines is that nobody shows a timetable online. They have online ticketing, but trying to find an actual timetable so you can see the 'big picture' is daunting. Trying to coordinate buses and Amtrak travel is frustrating at best. It appears to me that the bus carriers really don't want to advertise their service or possible connectivity to rail or air service. Lack of marketing or management who never uses the service is likely the culprit (same thing in public transit, I might add).

Greyhound has a hidden site for US timetables, separate from their regular public website, but not for Greyhound Canada (that I know of). Miller Transportation here in Louisville has timetables for its Hoosier Ride service across Indiana. Otherwise, good luck.

timecruncher



Date: 02/16/11 16:41
Re: Ames, Iowa; Iowas State U; Amtrak; How?
Author: CP8888

The ontime arrival of Number 6 at Omaha is 0459 AM.
Not a convenient hour to be looking for rental cars.



Date: 02/16/11 17:52
Re: Ames, Iowa; Iowas State U; Amtrak; How?
Author: QU25C

CP8888 Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> The ontime arrival of Number 6 at Omaha is 0459
> AM.
> Not a convenient hour to be looking for rental
> cars.


Its a great time, Better then 11PM



Date: 02/18/11 08:50
Re: Ames, Iowa; Iowas State U; Amtrak; How?
Author: tq-07fan

The bus from Osceola and back is a reasonable connection. I put a hypothetical date of June 3rd return June 17 in. Amtrak gets there at 7:40 am. The bus leaves Osceola at 10:10 am and arrives in Ames at 12:01 pm. Returning the bus leaves Ames at 5:00 pm and arrives at Osceola at 6:50 pm but does require a fifteen minute transfer in Des Moines. Amtrak leaves at 8:09 pm. My thoughts would be get your ticket all the way to Ottumwa. Check with Enterprise there in Ottumwa, I know that here in Cincinnati there is no penalty for canceling a rental car, as long as you remember to cancel it, even on the day of the rental. I'd plan on taking the bus from Osceola but leaving the rental car as a failure plan for if Amtrak is too late to make the connection with the bus.

Timecruncher is right. It is frustrating to have the departure box and arrival box only and not have a complete timetable schedule online. One thing to remember is there are a surprising number of people who can't read a timetable. I pick them up on the transit bus often and do my best not to ask if they were just born stupid after they have cussed me out for being late when the real problem is they are too ignorant to read the schedule they have. I don't know if this is why we don't have the timetable format schedules available for intercity bus or what.

Either way it wouldn't be a bad idea to get a rental car for a day while in Ames. You are so close to Boone and Scenic Valley and the Kate Shelly Bridge it would be a shame to be that close and say you didn't go.

Have fun!

Jim



[ Search ] [ Start a New Thread ] [ Back to Thread List ] [ <Newer ] [ Older> ] 
Page created in 0.4887 seconds