While bicyclists continue to wait for Amtrak to provide bike-on-board services in the Northeast, our region's commuter rail services have stepped up to fill that void. For years, Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Railroad and New Jersey Transit have provided bike-on-board service with all of their train lines.
But now Metro-North is actually taking it one step further! Metro-North is partnering with Gotham Bicycle Tours to offer discounted rail fare as part of a package deal with a 3-day, 2-night bicycle tour of the Hudson Valley. This is an unprecedented move in regional commuter rail service: the combining of regional bicycle tourism with regional rail. Metro-North is probably one of the first transit systems in the nation to do something like this with an overnight bike tour.
Check out the details at: http://web.mta.info/mnr/html/getaways/outbound_hudsonbiketour.htm
I started bringing my bicycle on Metro-North trains in 1993 when I bought my first bicycle permit as a high-school student. Now, I use that same 21-year old permit that I bought for $5 to commute to work by taking my bike on Metro-North. The success of Metro-North's bike on board program is astounding as the numbers of cyclists using Metro-North trains continues to grow. Sometimes I have to share a car with 2 or 3 other bicycles. How wonderful! It is my hope that bicycle tourism in New York State can continue to be leveraged through partnerships like this one.