Telemarketing and Amtrak changes!

August 21, 2008 4:14:09 PM PDT
This is great news if you hate telemarketing calls. After a barrage of consumer complaints, the government is banning marketers from leaving you pre-recorded sales messages.. The only way someone can legally leave you a message like that is if you've specifically agreed to them. The Federal Trade Commission is closing a loophole in the Do Not Call law. By December, all pre-recorded sales calls must provide an opt-out selection so it's easy for consumers to stop the calls. Effective September 1st, 2009, telemarketers will be able to place prerecorded sales calls only to consumers who've provided signed and written agreements.

This does not apply to informational prerecorded messages like messages to notify you of appointments and cancellations.

Amtrak faces a new problem: The rail service that once struggled to woo riders is now so popular amid soaring gas prices, it's afraid it soon won't have enough trains to meet demand!

Nationally, 2,750,278 used Amtrak in July. That's a 14% surge from the year before and the highest ridership for a single month in the service's 37 year history.


Amtrak officials and legislators are meeting to try to figure out how to pay for additional cars. The consumer advice here is pretty common-sense.

Try to reserve your Amtrak tickets well in advance so you don't run the risk of the train you want selling out.

It used to be you could get an Amtrak ticket day-of right before getting on the train. But that luxury is becoming a thing of the past.

This especially applies if you're traveling during a holiday weekend.


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