Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Sat Jan 15, 2022 7:54 amYes I agree this is the best approach. All stations will retain daily service as the Palmetto will still be operating. I believe the Silver Meteor's route is one where crew ranks are strained. As much as this is disappointing to me as a supporter of Amtrak LD service and a rider, this temporary reduction is probably the responsible thing to do as the situation has already lead to random cancellations and this type of reduction is far more orderly for passengers than random cancellations when employees call out. And the period of the reduction is the deadest time of the year demand wise. The Meteor will return in time for the northern bird migration. Additionally management is open to resuming some of the suspended service sooner if the Omicron surge dies down (or if ongoing hiring which will continue improves the situation at certain crew bases.)RRspatch wrote: ↑Sat Jan 15, 2022 1:35 am There's a report on Facebook (one of the Amtrak groups) that the Meteor is cancelled through the end of March. The report goes on to say the Silver Star will run daily with 5 sleepers and 5 coaches.Mr. Spatch, if Amtrak must scrub one or the other, they were wise to whack 97-98 Meteor.
Never mind that remaining 91-92, Star's, cobbled together routing ever since SCL chopped up the Seaboard (I still think they should have considered having two "one-way" railroads; but I have no knowledge to what extent they did) is circuitous, it has more on-line population centers and two State Capitols on-line. Beside 89-90, Palmetto, is apparently unaffected.