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LLI: Traveling by Train in the U.S. and Canada

Presented ByLifelong Learning Institute, Manassas
When/WhereWednesday, Mar 18, 2020 1:30pmHylton Performing Arts Center, Lg Rehearsal Hall, Science and Technology Campus

Instructor: Bill Forster

In this class, Bill Forster will share some travel tips to assist LLI members who are considering traveling on the Northeast corridor, on regional trains, or across the long-distance network. You probably know that Amtrak is the nation’s rail passenger provider, but there is much more to learn: for example, how to use the Amtrak home page, details about Amtrak’s Long Distance train service, what routes the trains follow, the best time to purchase a ticket, and the types of sleeper car accommodations. He will also discuss VIARail Canada, where it goes, and what it offers.

Bill Forster, formerly an employee of CONRAIL (a major freight railroad), worked in a variety of line and staff positions. He and his wife have traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada on long distance trains using both Amtrak and VIA. An advocate for passenger rail, Bill was active in promoting this service, including visiting congressional members “On the Hill” to support this mode of transportation. He also served in specific elected capacities for national and state railroad groups.

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit

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