Amtrak Quik-Trak Machine
Amtrak's self-ticketing machine is here on campus. The machine is called
a Quik-Trak machine and it is located in the Student Administrative Service
Center, the 24- hour main floor facility in the Franklin Building, 3451
Walnut Street. For access after hours, you just need to swipe your PennCard
at the door.
This Amtrak Quik-Trak machine is the same as those self-ticketing machines
located at 30th Street Station. Faculty, staff and students will be able
to make reservations with the machine itself or on the Amtrak website at
www.amtrak.com. Just enter your credit
card, punch in your reservation or reservation number and your Amtrak ticket
is generated. It is as easy as operating an ATM machine.
Amtrak tickets can be issued for commonly traveled destinations such
as Boston, New Haven, New York, Washington, D.C. and more. For students
who participate in Amtrak's Student Advantage program it can offer student
discounts as well. So, don't stand in line at 30th Street Station anymore--
get your tickets here on campus!
Ticket 2Ride Sweepstakes
Buy a ticket or check schedules in the Amtrak Quik-Trak machine on
campus now through March 23 and the name on the credit card you use will
be entered in the sweepstakes. Drawing will be held on Friday, March 30
and the lucky winner wins two free tickets to New York or Washington, D.C.
on the new high-speed Acela train.
Commonly Asked Questions About the Amtrak Quik-Trak Machine
Can I buy an Amtrak ticket with most major credit cards?
- Yes. The Amtrak Quik-Trak machine recognizes most major credit and
debit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner's Club, Discover
and Carte Blanche.
Does it recognize student discounts?
- Yes. If you have previously enrolled in Amtrak's Student Advantage
program and have been assigned an Amtrak student ID#, you can get discounted
tickets (see Amtrak website, www.amtrak.com,
for details and restrictions).
Can I buy Amtrak tickets with Penn's Procurement card?
- No. You can use your AX corporate card or any major credit card, but
not your Procard. Procards are for non-travel related expenses.
How do I process a refund?
- Tickets must be returned to Amtrak for a refund.
What destinations can I buy tickets for?
- The common destinations are listed in the system and include frequently
traveled destinations on the east coast.
Can I purchase such items as 10 ride passes and monthly passes through
For more information about the Amtrak Quik-Trak machine, please contact
me at (215) 898-3307.
--Susan Storb, Travel Administrator
Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 19, January 23, 2001
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