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RandallW wrote:I don't think you can really compare a coastal single track main line with 9 to 13 bascule bridges on it against an inland double track main line on the East Coast...
Vincent wrote: ↑Thu Sep 01, 2022 7:40 pm Amtrak has pretty easy access to valuable marketing data regarding ridership data--just look at the license plates as the cars are loaded into the auto racks. If the majority of the loaded cars are local to the Lorton/Sanford regions, then there may be an untapped market in other areas. But, if the cars are coming from a wide region, it might indicate that starting a new service would cannibalize the existing service and create two barely profitable or two unprofitable train lines.I wouldn't take a simplistic view of the data, but instead look at context. Plus, they don't need to look at the license plates -- they just need to get the booking/billing data of the tickets! If it's booked and billed to a Virginia, DC, or Maryland address... fine, they're taking about 1-2 hours to get to Lorton. That's "local". But outside of that, it's "not local".