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    Who travels in the Sleeper Cars?

    The first time I rode the SM from NY I was told there was some good scenery "once you get out of NJ" ... well, I live in the country and have seen the countryside on a daily basis. I found the scenery coming through NJ to be rather interesting - especially since I do not live anywhere near a...
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    Triweekly service will be overshadowed by drop in revenue

    I know it is not "that simple" ... but these other Gov't services are not expected to "make a profit" like Amtrak is - THAT is my point. If the funding for Amtrak was on par with the funding for other Gov't services the "profit" argument would be moot. What I do not understand is why so many...
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    Triweekly service will be overshadowed by drop in revenue

    Like the research they did into meals and dining service .... It is more likely they had the budget reduced so that advertising went the same route good food went - only sooner They did a lot of things in the past they no longer do - not because it isn't wanted, needed or appreciated ... those...
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    Triweekly service will be overshadowed by drop in revenue

    Amtrak is owned by the US Gov't. It has been operating for enough years that, by now, they should know what the true cost of running it is per year. That much money should be budgeted for Amtrak - the revenue they garner from ticket sales should be "extra" or used to off-set the operating cost...
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    Triweekly service will be overshadowed by drop in revenue

    During the early days of COVID-19, when things first got "locked down" - Amtrak was still running their normal schedules for LD trains. The lack of riders did not reduce the fuel they spent each day. However, the air and road traffic dropped considerably. Maps of air quality shoed a marked...
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    And here I thought you were offering to pay for the trip. Unfortunately, not only can I NOT afford the trip ... until they make a train that goes from here to Germany, I will have to put off that trip - I don't fly.
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    Triweekly service will be overshadowed by drop in revenue

    Yes, we need "all three" types of transit, planes, trains and highways. All need funding. However, even though the airlines are private and so are the companies/people using the highways - they seem to get a disproportionally higher percentage of "public funds" than does the publicly owned...
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    Who travels in the Sleeper Cars?

    I have never complained about airline food ...
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    Sleeper Amenities on Empire Builder

    Don't tempt them - they could always paint the windows ...
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    You offering to pay?
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    Who travels in the Sleeper Cars?

    They would probably be more agreeable to allowing someone to purchase the entire car than they would to allowing a single person to purchase two seats together.
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    Triweekly service will be overshadowed by drop in revenue

    As are the privately owned airlines that are getting Gov't money that could be given to the transportation system the Gov't actually owns.
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    Triweekly service will be overshadowed by drop in revenue

    Change the charter and fully fund Amtrak. They don't make the Navy or Army make a profit - why should Amtrak and the Post Office be any different than the FCC, TSA, ATC, DOT, etc ?
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    Triweekly service will be overshadowed by drop in revenue

    As they should, since they are the owner of Amtrak ... they are not the owner of the airlines - let the airline owners write those checks
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    Triweekly service will be overshadowed by drop in revenue

    Since airlines are private sector and Amtrak is public sector - Amtrak should get preference for funding ...
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