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Amtrak updates policy on train travel for unaccompanied minors

Amtrak updates policy on train travel for unaccompanied minors

Updating the current policy, Amtrak is establishing 13 as the minimum age of an unaccompanied minor allowed to travel on its trains. The policy change takes effect on Nov. 1.
As outlined in the attached notice, anyone age 12 and under must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older on the same travel itinerary. Unaccompanied minors ages 13, 14 and 15 may travel in accordance with specific procedures and conditions. Children 16 and 17 years of age are exempt from the policy.
Previously, Amtrak permitted children 8 through 14 years old to travel as unaccompanied minors and for passengers as young as 15 years old to accompany a child of any age.
“This is not a response to any incidents,” said Jeff Snowden, Amtrak Senior Director of Service Delivery. “Rather, as record numbers of passengers are riding Amtrak trains, we are taking this action out of an abundance of concern for the comfort and safety of all our customers.”
The notice will be posted on, at Amtrak stations and in the new Fall-Winter Amtrak timetable, which is also effective in November.


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