Now, they’re being blamed for killing the Amtrak dining car.
Amtrak is putting a halt on nostalgia as the train company announced it’s axing one of its long-standing traditional services — the white linen dining cars — for something more modern, partly because Millennials don’t like interacting with people.
“Some people, especially our new millennial customers, don’t like it so much,” Peter Wilander, Amtrak’s head of customer experience, told The Washington Post. “They want more privacy. They don’t want to feel uncomfortable sitting next to people.”
Starting Oct. 1, Amtrak said some travelers can expect prepackaged meals and buffet-style breakfast, which creates a more grab-and-go dining experience common today. The more contemporary dining service will affect the Cardinal (New York-Chicago), Crescent (New York-New Orleans) and Silver Meteor (New York-Miami.)
The Silver Star (New York-Miami) will be added next year.
Amtrak said riders in sleeping carriages can have food delivered to their rooms or eat in a private car. Everyone else riding in coach will be able to access those same meals in a cafe-style car next year.
Amtrak officials said it will save about $2 million per year by eliminating white-linen service, according to the report.
“Traveling on one of our trains has never been just about the destination – the journey is part of the adventure,” Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson said in a release. “We continue to evolve our onboard accommodations and dining experience to meet the needs of today’s customers.”
Traditional dining service will continue to be offered on seven overnight routes, according to Amtrak.