Passengers purchasing tickets from conductors on trains must provide picture identification and be at least 16 years old. A service fee is integrated into the tariff of tickets booked aboard. This cost is non-refundable. It is estimated that this system costs about $300,000 per year.
Amtrak's police force consists of 75 officers who work under the supervision of 12 district managers. They work primarily on U.S. routes but also cover parts of Canada and the Caribbean.
Amtrak police can make arrests for crimes committed on railroad property if they believe there is reason to suspect a person of criminal activity. Otherwise, people cannot be arrested for crimes such as marijuana possession or failure to appear in court. In those cases, passengers would have to file complaints with Amtrak's conductors or contact law enforcement officials before leaving the country.
Those who violate rules are subject to fines up to $10,000 and imprisonment up to one year. The penalty for illegal drugs varies depending on how much is involved. Small amounts carry a fine of up to $5,000 and prison time of up to one year. Larger quantities lead to a fine of up to $50,000 and prison time of up to 10 years. People found guilty of violent crimes will be deported immediately after sentencing.
On board a train, you can no longer purchase a full variety of tickets. You must purchase a ticket before boarding, as with other railway companies, or you may be charged a penalty rate. Only non-discounted Anytime fares will be available from the conductor**; keep in mind that they are more expensive than paying in advance.
There are two types of tickets on trains: ordinary and reserved. Ordinary tickets are sold at any point during the journey and are the only type of ticket that can be bought on board a train (except for discounted Anytime tickets). They are valid for any carriage but if you want to travel in a particular class, such as first or second class, you have to pay for these seats in advance.
Reserved seats are also known as compartments or carriages. These are allocated by train operators and are usually assigned at booking time. To reserve a compartment, you need to pay a reservation fee which is either included in your ticket price or levied as an additional charge when you make your booking. A reserved seat is much like an ordinary one except that it cannot be shared with anyone else. If you want to sit in a particular compartment, it's best to reserve it in advance so there are no delays caused by finding spare seats.
The conductor will not sell you a complete ticket until you have paid for it.
All Amtrak passengers must have their train tickets with them before boarding and while on board, since ticket checks are performed on a regular basis. All passengers over the age of 18 and all unaccompanied kids aged 15 and above must have a government-issued photo identification, such as a passport, driver's license, or military identification. The identification must be valid for traveling in the United States and must not be expired.
Children under the age of 15 who are not accompanied by an adult can travel for free if they possess a Youth Traveler's Card. These cards are available from any National Park Service visitor center or online at www.nps.gov/youth.
The card doesn't replace the need for a passport for minors but instead serves as an additional form of ID that allows children under the age of 18 to travel freely throughout the United States using Amtrak. The card is also useful when entering Canada through border crossings where youth travel without an accompanying adult is not permitted.
Amtrak does require that you have a picture ID with you when riding its trains, but this isn't necessarily your actual passport photo. Instead, it needs to be a clear, current photo that shows the person in full view. Photos that have been taken in a professional studio are acceptable; those taken at local drugstores or other retail stores are not.
Children from 5 to 12 will be charged a full fee rather than a half fare beginning in April of next year, as the railroads have amended the child fare system. The age limit will increase to 13 in 2019.
The price of a child's ticket has been $1 since the inception of the present system in 1909. It is expected that this will continue even though children now pay half-price for some trains and use the other half of their ticket for themselves.
There are two types of tickets used by passengers on Amtrak trains: one for adults and another for children. There is no separate rate for teenagers. If you're 15 or older, you can buy an adult ticket; if you're younger, you can purchase a child ticket. Both types of tickets need to be validated by inserting them into one of the validation machines at the station. Tickets may also be purchased online or at any staffed ticket window with cash or a credit card.
In most cases, there is no maximum age for travelers who have paid full price for a train ticket. However, young people under the age of 18 may be denied boarding if they appear to be drinking alcohol or using drugs.
According to the amended Indian Railway child fare guidelines, which were published in 2016, if your child is between the ages of 5 and 12, you must pay the entire ticket fee. If you choose a reserved seat or berth, you will be charged the full adult ticket. All trains are free for children under the age of five.
In 2017, there was a case where a 9-year-old boy from Haryana was denied a ticket by an Indian Railways clerk because he was underage. The child's parents had to pay the full price of the ticket or leave the country-wide rail network. The incident caused such outrage that the Indian government passed a law that forbids railway employees from denying tickets to children.
Since most trains in India are not first class, it's important to check how old you have to be to travel in first class. Generally, people need to be at least 18 years old in first class, but some trains may have a lower limit. It's best to ask an employee of the Indian Railways when booking your ticket.
In conclusion, yes, a 9-year-old needs a train ticket. However, all trains are free for children under the age of five so there's no need to worry about them not getting a ticket. For older children, the parent/guardian needs to purchase a ticket for them.