Interesting stats in this article.
Even RPA genuinely seemed to get it finally on their last hotline. Saying something to the effect Amtrak could care less about about sleeper travel revenue, refusing to add one sleeper-car/attendant when they could easily fill it at an average of $800 per 20 rooms per one way trip. $8000-15000 or more revenue per one way western trip lost. The shortened trains now have one sleeper and no dorm.
“Amtrak's August monthly performance report show its overall ridership is down 45% compared to 2019's pre-COVID levels, falling from 29.3 million riders to 16.2 million riders.“
“Amtrak's business remains at about 25% of pre-COVID levels and based on its current forecast, it anticipates ridership and revenue "to improve to about 40% of pre-COVID levels, which is weaker than anticipated."