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Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.

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  by Jeff Smith
 
The Albany portion should be contracted out to Brightline. They'd know how to do it right. All you'd need is something similar to a P32 for the last mile.
  by Railjunkie
 
Jeff Smith wrote: Mon Jun 27, 2022 2:39 pm The Albany portion should be contracted out to Brightline. They'd know how to do it right. All you'd need is something similar to a P32 for the last mile.
No thanks they do not pay as well as Amtrak and I believe they still do not contribute to Railroad Retirement.
  by Greg Moore
 
And my understanding is the still seem to be more of a real-estate company masquerading as a train company.
  by Jeff Smith
 
I would think by law, they would have to contribute to RRR.

Greg, you're right, but they're still well run with a better product.
  by scratchyX1
 
Jeff Smith wrote: Thu Jun 30, 2022 10:01 am I would think by law, they would have to contribute to RRR.

Greg, you're right, but they're still well run with a better product.
I'm assuming that the "interurban" company that they are formed as in florida, is for florida business tax/bond laws.
Anyone know if the Interstate crossing Las Vegas operation would be similar, or if the train crews would be railroad employees?
And how much are they really saving by paying into SS, instead of RRR?
  by cle
 
Better for passengers. Brightline have shamed up the legacy passenger railroad.

As I said, I think a second Albany could be more like an outer second/faster Poughkeepsie, but extended. And taking Yonkers and Croton stops off anything long distance, i.e. beyond Albany.
  by ExCon90
 
scratchyX1 wrote: Thu Jun 30, 2022 1:12 pm
Jeff Smith wrote: Thu Jun 30, 2022 10:01 am I would think by law, they would have to contribute to RRR.

Greg, you're right, but they're still well run with a better product.
And how much are they really saving by paying into SS, instead of RRR?
I'm not a numbers maven, but my recollection is that under SS the employee pays ~6% and a bit and the employer the same amount, while under RRR the employee pays ~11% and the railroad the same amount times 3. This was the result of 1) conversion from steam to diesel eliminated a lot of shop employees, and 2) electronic data processing did the same to clerks (eliminating whole floors of office buildings), which reduced the money coming in to the extent that the fund would be wiped out unless the railroads increased their share. If that's not correct, will someone please chime in.
  by videobruce
 
We don't need another southern company running, or should I say 'ruining' things up north!!! Having two of then is more than enough!
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