NJTMonmouthCoastline wrote: ↑Wed Oct 27, 2021 9:32 pm
So I saw on Facebook that a union group from CSX, NS, and UP are planning a major strike due to poor management and other factors.
I'm not sure if it will effect Conrail but I will say that we are lightyears behind on rail infrastructure that other countries already have.
American freight rail is the best in the world; many countries come to study it, since the USA moves the largest percent of its freight (~50%) by rail. This is way lower than its peak around a hundred years ago. That being said, Class I's are squandering their infrastructure, something we can see on our own SOUS with its deterioration in the last decade or two.
In terms of passenger/commuter rail, we suck, lol. Amtrak is trying its hardest but it is very difficult to expand operations on a single route, especially when many of the old parallel routes (think the old Camden & Amboy, which is now the disjointed Bordentown Secondary and Heightstown Industrial Track) that could handle overflows are defunct. It will be interesting to watch out Brightline in Florida plays out with their Orlando extension opening next year, and if California's High Speed Rail will be worth the cost overruns and delays.