by Greg Moore
gprimr1 wrote:It's not even really practical. For example, NJTransit isn't going to want to give up its slots over Portal or through the North River Tunnels for this, and it's not practical for them to run their trains to DC.Until the NEC is running 12-car trains every 15 minutes, like we'd see in Europe or Japan, there's plenty of room for improvement.Does the USA, even in New York, have the population demand for this? I'm not thrilled about spending money to run empty trains.
I'm not really in favor of this idea. People would buy out the cheap tickets and the more expensive Regionals would run empty at a loss.
I do agree that sold out trains should be getting more capacity, and that they can do more aggressive marketing to fill off peak trains that aren't full, but I don't agree Amtrak's job is to provide subway frequency service on the NEC.
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