I'm trying to remember the sequence of dates here. Up until Jan. 1, 1983, transit agencies from MBTA to MARC contracted their commuter services to Penn Central and later Conrail. If Conrail sought abandonment of the Main Line prior to 1983, the question for MN would have been whether to acquire the Main Line from Newburgh Jct. almost to Port Jervis and assume responsibility for all operation and repair (and hiring the people to do it) versus paying PC or CR under existing terms to operate over the Graham Line. When the North East Rail Service Act became effective on 1/1/83 Conrail was excluded from providing commuter services under contract, and all those agencies had to decide whether to take on the responsibility themselves or hire a different contractor. As we know, NJT and MN (was MN already operating on its own prior to 1983?) elected to run the service and own the tracks themselves, but back then I they weren't to know that the transit agencies were going to have to make that decision in the future. It's hard to say what choice would have been preferable without knowing what the costs of acquiring the Main Line would have been at the time.