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  1. J

    Amtrak Dining

    It looks like a capacity problem. I think this would be less of a problem if meal prices were separated from sleeping car fares. Right now, sleeper passengers are paying for dining car meals whether they want them or not, and that discourages them from skipping meals, bringing their own food, or...
  2. J

    Empire Builder 2022 Outrageous Bedroom Fares

    I am aware of that. I thought it was a bad idea at the time, and I still do.
  3. J

    Empire Builder 2022 Outrageous Bedroom Fares

    I still think people should pay separately for sleeping car service and dining car meals. If the only way to fund diners is to force people to pay for meals they don't want, then maybe the diners really should be killed off, but I don't think that is what would happen. If fewer sleeping car...
  4. J

    No Observation Lounge on Capitol Limited?

    The original B&O Capitol Limited did carry domes.
  5. J

    Empire Builder 2022 Outrageous Bedroom Fares

    I never thought meal prices should be bundled into sleeping car fares in the first place!
  6. J

    Lakeshore Rail Alliance - Advocating for More Service Along Lake Shore Limited Route

    Unless the Chicago-Detroit train is sealed going through Canada.
  7. J

    Why aren't overnight trains able to compete with flying?

    Atlanta - DC was a reasonable overnight trip, and was indeed used for a few business trips until the schedule was changed earlier this summer.
  8. J

    VIA's Ocean will return on August 11 2021

    I note that this VIA press release refers to the train as the Ocean. I was under the impression that VIA had removed train names from all of its trains except the Canadian. Does this represent a change in the policy, or did the Ocean always retain its name?
  9. J

    significant former routes

    I agree that metropolitan area sizes ought to be taken into account in any reimagining of the national passenger rail map. My dream criteria would be that a truly national system would serve the top 50 metros and it would serve the top 25 metros with arrivals and departures between 7 am and...
  10. J

    Atlanta losing checked baggage service?

    There is only one elevator. The baggage elevator and the "regular" elevator are one and the same.
  11. J

    No bedrooms available on Empire Builder

    I would like to think sleepers are profitable, but I've never seen any figures that would indicate whether they are profitable or not. If we did indeed have some figures indicating that the sleepers are profitable, it would make a strong case for expanding the sleeper fleet.
  12. J

    Sold out rooms/ Insane high fare buckets

    I stand corrected then.
  13. J

    Sold out rooms/ Insane high fare buckets

    I believe some western trains DO get extra cars in the summer. And Amtrak DOES find ways to add cars to some regional trains during the Thanksgiving rush. You suggest that standardizing the fleet would make it possible to shift cars back-and-forth between the Florida trains and the western...
  14. J

    Sold out rooms/ Insane high fare buckets

    I suppose airlines do adjust their schedules from time to time, but I think it's fairly limited. As far as I know, most airlines fly approximately the same total number of planes summer and winter. Like Amtrak, airlines are much more likely to adjust supply to demand by raising or lowering fares...
  15. J

    Amtrak ConnectUS Announcement and Detailed Document

    It's certainly a longshot. It's possible suppose that some of these lines will come to fruition one way or another.
  16. J

    Amtrak ConnectUS Announcement and Detailed Document

    I think the assumption here is that the Canadian portion of this route would basically be one of VIA's existing Windsor-Toronto runs. So it might be that the only extra cost would be the link between Detroit and Windsor.
  17. J

    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    They may have offered some supportive comments, but from a practical aspect, they did very little to expand or improve long distance service.
  18. J

    Best Amtrak CEOs

    If I recall correctly, it was Claytor who suggested to Congress that if Congress provided a steady stream of capital, Amtrak could fund operations out of its regular revenues. While that promise probably won him some Congressional support, it was probably the origin of the "glidepath to...
  19. J

    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    That is basically true, which is why I said "virtually," but not even Claytor could go beyond modest expansions of long-distance service. And even during his tenure, Amtrak released financial reports showing the long-distance trains losing money. Given the realities of the situation, there was...
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