Amtrak service cancellations and restorations (2022)

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jis

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Maybe he's referring to them hiring only 18 people.
Well, overall Amtrak has more than 4,500 openings that they are actively trying to fill. I guess the rest of the opening they are trying to fill don't matter when one is on a roll to assign incompetence :D Anyhow to give a perspective on how large a number that is, the total Amtrak employee strength work out to somewhere a little less than 18,000.

Frankly there is one thing that puzzled me and that is what IMHO was over-downsizing of the HR department who you need to be around to restore staff levels. Apparently finally Amtrak has restored the HR department to a state where they can become effective again. Initially that was a big problem.

There were three factors working in tandem. They were (1) restoring personnel to fill positions that were downsized to stay financially afloat, and training new staff, which on even good days takes time. This was hampered by shortages in the HR department initially. (2) Scourge of the pandemic where existing staff were sidelined due to infections and quarantines. And (3) relative dearth of candidates looking for jobs who can manage to pass the drug test apparently.

The fact that they have finally started restoring train frequencies and starting to get a handle of maintenance suggests that they may be slowly sorting out that mess.

But the bottom line is shouting "Incompetence" from the rooftops does not make people competent, it just makes the shouters look foolish after a while, because of the lack of effectiveness of their act in solving anything.
 
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Wait…trying to hire people when they’re short-staffed is a sign of incompetence?
It is when they're the ones who pushed experienced Employees out when COVID hit, and then sat on their hands for a year as Travel picked up!

It's a toss up as to which is a worse run Department @ Amtrak, IT or HR, but the blame goes to the Top!( Yes, this is True of most Companies now experiencing Staffing Shortages)

Moving on to other Train Topics.
 

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RE Cascades/Canada no service until late 2022

“WSDOT and ODOT expressed extreme dissatisfaction with this plan..”

see attached email

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I think there is a lot of politics going on. As WSDOT and ODOT have suggested, why can't they re-establish partial service into Vancouver?
 

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The incompetence came at OCT 1, 2021. By that time Amtrak knew what their budget for FY 2022 was going to be. But it did not really start advertising opening until late January 2022 - February. That is IMO completely incompetent. And it starts with Corsica. Do not reappoint him. Time to get Senate to turn him down
 
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Does Amtrak usually run a 6am NYP-BOS Acela on Saturdays? Is there any chance they will introduce an additional morning frequency on June 4th?

Kind of surprised there's a BOS-NYP 6am but not a reverse. Though it does make sense since its going to NYC.
 

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Does Amtrak usually run a 6am NYP-BOS Acela on Saturdays? Is there any chance they will introduce an additional morning frequency on June 4th?

Kind of surprised there's a BOS-NYP 6am but not a reverse. Though it does make sense since its going to NYC.

Pre-pandemic, I don't remember any NYP-BOS departure on weekends before the Regional at 7a or a few minutes earlier. Weekdays, there was an earlier Acela.
 
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