"WASHINGTON – Effective Monday, Sept. 10, Amtrak is implementing a "refined" baggage policy which reduces the number of free checked bags per ticketed passenger from three to two and raises the extra bag fee from $10 to $20. A limit of four bags may be checked, instead of six previously. This comes from an internal memo citing significantly higher baggage volumes as a result of increased ridership.
In addition, free checked bags will be limited to 75 linear inches, including length, width, and height, compared with a prior restriction of 36 inches on any one side. A $20 charge will now apply for items between 75 and 100 linear inches. Boxed bicycles as checked baggage will now cost $20 and tandem bikes and kayaks will no longer be accepted."
This is a deal-breaker for us tandem owners and really not acceptable. It is getting harder to move a tandem around without having one that comes apart. I'm lucky that our has couplers, but not many do.
Edit: see also this link - it appears that the bike charge is $10, not $20. http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?c=Page&pagename=am%2FLayout&cid=1251621565020
Santa Rosa, CA