MattW wrote: ↑Wed May 05, 2021 7:59 am
I saw this posted elsewhere, then confirmed myself through Amtrak.com, but it looks like the Crescent has a major schedule change coming up this summer. 20 will depart NOL at 09:15 instead of 07:00 and arrive in Atlanta at 23:00 instead of 19:35, with an arrival in NYP at 18:15. It looks like 19 will depart NYP at 14:15 as normal, but depart Atlanta at 09:08 and arrive in NOL at 21:02. Apparently this is in response to STB complaints about on time performance. Except instead of wacking NS on the nose with a rolled up newspaper and making them clean up their mess, Amtrak gets shafted.
Yikes! I was hoping we'd see an end to Amtrak simply lengthening scheduled run time rather than addressing delays directly. The old schedule had an average speed of about 46 mph, despite a significant portion being on the NEC and most of the NS route having high speed limits. This could be setting up the route to look even worse financially, discouraging bookings and increasing running costs.
That being said, I do think the later departure from NOL could lead to an increased catchment for those driving or bussing in from Baton Rouge, Houma, and other cities to the west, even more so if a BTR-NOL train ever happens. The later arrival in CLT could also be a plus, reducing the middle-of-the-night wait for anyone connecting to the Piedmont or Carolinian.