I by no means knew Amtrak California(and Caltrans) mentioned the concept of extending hall prepare service to Reno. That is unhappy Nevada did not wish to decide up the price of offering prepare service, however I suppose that is the way in which some state legislatures go in the case of the concept of supporting Amtrak hall prepare service, sadly to say. Just like the failed effort for a Cleveland to Cincinnati(three C’s) prepare in Ohio, a Milwaukee to Madison hall prepare in Wisconsin(closest station sadly nonetheless stays Columbus, WI), and many others.
Like one other poster stated, it’s best to match particular person fares for shorter journeys on Amtrak, to an extended by way of fare on a protracted distance prepare with none intermediate stops. Should you’re excited about a USA Rail Move of any size(15 days, 30 days, or 45) to do a bunch of intermediate stops, you may wish to take a look at the main points right here: https://www.amtrak.com/take-the-trains-across-america-with-usa-rail-pass And if you wish to do this, ebook as early as you’ll be able to, since Amtrak might not enable reserving with the USA Rail Move the nearer the prepare will get to being stuffed as much as better capability with extra passengers shopping for tickets.
You have been additionally asking about New York Penn Station work. Mainly Amtrak is at the moment doing overdue upgrades to the tracks and junctions that go into the station, so some trains to NYP have been shortened to not go all the way in which there and terminate earlier than NYP(i.e. at Newark for northeast hall trains, or different ones). And a few trains like Empire Service(inside NY state to Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY) are having some runs begin and finish at Grand Central Station, as an alternative of Penn Station. For lengthy distance trains at first look, the principle change appears to be the Crescent(New York to New Orleans, with inbetween stops at Charlotte, Atlanta, Birmingham, and many others) is beginning and ending at Washington, DC, as an alternative of NYC. These starting or ending their journeys north of DC would switch to a northeast regional prepare(or southward to the Crescent), in DC. You will discover extra data about that undertaking on this web page: https://www.amtrak.com/nyprenewal
Anyway wherever place(s) you resolve to journey to, hope your Amtrak journey(s) go properly!