I'm fine with them just making their scheduled arrival times. I don't really think the CZ would be improved much if it turned into a 1 Day trip.The fact of the matter though is that the LD network will just futz along as is unless we are able to significantly improve timeliness, reliability and speed. I am not suggesting 320kph (200mph), but it would sure be nice to get to a 160kph (100mph) norm as a starter.
That being said, the DOJ has to enforce the law when it comes to freight railroads, as well as targeted improvement of the ROW so passenger trains can bypass freight more easily.
I think once Texas HSR comes on line it will start to inspire similar projects elsewhere. As far as redevelopment goes, building a comprehensive public transit system or leveraging existing public transit systems together is the way to rebuilding a national network.I think Brightline in Florida is following an approach in terms of speed and dispatch reliability that should be repeatable elsewhere if unused real estate in existing ROWs were utilized to build passenger exclusive, or at least predominant passenger use, tracks to 160-200kph (100-125mph) standard of track quality and safety gear.
Right now our LD trains are--as you said--limping along like it's 1970.