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Amtrak to enforce baggage limits


Beginning Nov. 1, Amtrak will strictly enforce its baggage limits to prevent overcrowding and increase safety.

Each passenger will be allowed two carry-ons — which exclude purses, briefcases, laptops, strollers, car seats and diaper bags — restricted to less than 50 lbs. each.

Passengers can check up to three pieces of luggage at no charge. Additional pieces may be checked at $10 each.

Amtrak recently launched a campaign to inform passengers, and travel and ticket agents about the stricter policy. The national passenger railroad is listing baggage limits on its Web site, hanging posters in stations, and re-issuing a list of items prohibited from carry-on and checked baggage, including any type of gun, firearm, ammunition, explosive or weapon, and flammable gases, liquids and fuels.

"Amtrak’s baggage policy is an important part of the railroad’s effort to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment onboard trains," said Amtrak Senior Vice President of Operations William Crosby in a prepared statement.