NH2060 wrote: ↑Mon May 01, 2023 1:43 am
I think we can all appreciate the quote at the end of the article where the President of Midcoast Railservice basically says “why study it when we can just run something and see what happens?”
Correct. If a RDC type service can be started for a study price to see passenger loads that is the study. Of course, proper timing and advertising comes with any new service Just call it a trial.
Maybe Amtrak should have a enough portable equipment to start a trial? Mainly ADA lifts and portable lights? With CP agreement it might only take 90 days to start BTR <> NOL service. If loads prove then permanent stations could be built and rebuilding the bridge could start instead of waiting 2 years for everything. After each track improvement is complete then a small schedule improvement would be important for visibility every where new service is contemplated.
So for Rockland service the same applies.