MCL1981 wrote:A few hundred people?? Worthless waste of time and money. If a few hundred people need to go to work, that is what cars and roads are for. A few hundred people will fill one train once a day. And they want to spend a billion dollars on all these stations, track modifications, rail cars, motive power, scheduling, managing, bridge BS, etc... for a few hundred people? No.
A few hundred people is actually a lot of people. If there is a single station that they could built that would net them another 100 passengers each way from the date it opens with the current level of service then they need to build it. If the initial demand is that high by the time the service has ran for a few years it would have doubled or tripled. Now, I agree with you -- if you need 5 stations to get these 100 passengers each way (for 20 passengers per station on average), then it is definitely not worth it. There are many commuter railroads which consider a station generating 100 passengers one way a great success and SLE has no reason to be different given the density of the area which it traverses.
As for the dismal recovery, it might not be the revenue side that is the only problem. How about the cost side? I would insist that even a four car train should be operated with a crew of 2 -- an engineer and a conductor. Are they doing that?