Amtrak Expansion Plan

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Re: Amtrak Expansion Plan

Postby Arlington » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:28 am

PRIIA's 750 mile breakpoint was chosen as a good enough approximation between long and corridor.

Obviously it left the corridor Palmetto "stranded" on the LD side of the legal divide, and had no other thoughts that corridor trains as lengthy as the Roanoker would work.
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Re: Amtrak Expansion Plan

Postby R&DB » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:30 am

Bob Roberts » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:12 am

Thanks Bob, that makes sense to extend Piedmonts.
Arlington » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:28 am

PRIIA is the product of legislators who have no idea about RR operation. 'Nuff said.
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Re: Amtrak Expansion Plan

Postby mtuandrew » Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:45 am

Arlington wrote:^ it targets 110 max and has few stops, so I'd hope so.

But this has to be about what's possible in a corridorization package political deal, which I think is more along the lines of
1) New coaches
2) Places to berth/turn corridor trains about 400 to 600 miles from the US's biggest cities that meet some combination of:
2a) berths at the end of 600 miles of flat & fast running from NYP, WAS, CHI, LAX
2b) berths at today's midpoints that'd be tomorrow's endpoints: SPK, MSP, CIN, CLE, BUF, OMA, DEN, SLC, PHX, HOU, SAT?
3) Improvements to host RRs that are win-win (faster, more reliable running for 2x to 4x current LD frequency)

Thank you, this is exactly what I hoped to convey.

There will be a place for daily-or-more LD service, especially on single-overnight routes like NYP-CHI and NYP-Florida that can feasibly compete with flying (and Auto Train which competes with flying and driving) and the extra-long western routes that serve both vacationers and isolated communities efficiently enough. I don’t think western LD trains need the newest equipment, VIA has proven that, they only need reliable and clean equipment. On the east coast, they at least need equipment that can keep up on the NEC.

But the future in the East, South, Midwest, and Pacific really is in corridors.
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Re: Amtrak Expansion Plan

Postby RRspatch » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:56 am

It seems that rumored changes to the national network/long distance trains has finally reached Capital Hill.

In a letter to Amtrak CEO Anderson 91 members of Congress have asked for answers to questions regarding food service, station staffing and the future of the national network/long distance trains.

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/7c8e6b_eee64e5f666340a986eb501785146e9f.pdf?fbclid=IwAR34u-fitsSTE_7anC7c0K9jOnZM3WPuU1of6SkdP-WpJAFcTXbUSgOsqz8
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Re: Amtrak Expansion Plan

Postby JimBoylan » Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:08 pm

Is this so the employees can get to the supermarkets?
March 02, 2019 4:45 PM ET
Amtrak will operate a modified Keystone Service (New York – Philadelphia – Harrisburg) and Pennsylvanian (New York – Philadelphia – Pittsburgh) schedule on Sunday, March 3 and Monday, March 4, due to forecasted winter weather. Full scheduled service will be restored pending improved conditions.
Canceled service for Sunday, March 3, includes:
Pennsylvanian Train 43 with no alternate transportation
Canceled service for Monday, March 4, includes:
Keystone Service Trains 605, 609, 647, 651, 639, 642, 646, 656 & 620 with no alternate transportation
Pennsylvanian Train 42 with no alternate transportation
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Re: Amtrak Expansion Plan

Postby Rockingham Racer » Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:11 pm

It's called Snowflake America. Yeah, I know: there aren't as many section guys as there used to be.
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Re: Amtrak Expansion Plan

Postby gokeefe » Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:32 pm

Rockingham Racer wrote:It's called Snowflake America. Yeah, I know: there aren't as many section guys as there used to be.


To be more precise ... This is also what railroads that aren't going bankrupt look like.
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Re: Amtrak Expansion Plan

Postby Rockingham Racer » Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:08 am

True that.
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