Amen!!!Remember, he has explicitly been hired by the Board to put in place a change in mission and business model better aligned with what Congress has decreed. Of course I hate what he is doing, but clearly he is not a loan rogue running off on his own. The Board has repeatedly expressed their full support for him. We have a much bigger problem on our hand than just Anderson.
I hear Amtrak ads on Pandora all the time, to the effect of "don't put up with the hassles of driving, take the train, sit back, look out the window, eat something." Now maybe they come up for me because of my Internet usage & searches, but even if that's so, it shows that Amtrak hired an internetPerhaps its because Amtrak no longer advertises very much and strangled by its budget.
The only time I've ever seen or heard an unsolicited Amtrak commercial is when I was watching the local feed for an NBA game somewhere in the Northeast or Chicago. That's it. Out here in the rest of the country we don't see much/any Amtrak advertising. You can choose to believe that or not but it's been true for as long as I can remember.I've seen the "Amtrak doesn't advertise at all/enough" meme pop up on this board from time to time, and I suspect what many people mean is Amtrak doesn't do highly-visible network television ads, including Madison Avenue jingles, as in decades past. Television advertising isn't the alpha and omega of marketing,* never was, and even less so now.
The Sunset Limited's poor calling times and lack of daily operation would be a hard sell for almost any advertising agency. However, the Texas Eagle does have reasonable calling times and daily operation. If Amtrak were to advertise along the Eagle's route they might be able to fill another car or two over time. Texans who live in and around cities are generally neutral or even pro-train. It's mainly the deep rural folks who are anti-rail. It's true that average Texans can be manipulated into supporting anti-train measures with exaggerated propaganda, but if you ask them about taking a train in a non-partisan context they're often open to such consideration.I very much believe it, but it certainly shows that “Amtrak doesn’t advertise at all” is untrue, and while there is more space for discussion in the “Amtrak doesn’t advertise enough” side, it’s not an unfair argument to say that they’re better office not advertising in a locale that gets such cruddy service as you guys do down there.
Well, that Pandora ad I mentioned came up twice during my commute this morning. It's for Amtrak, period. No mention of Chicago, or Illinois (or any other state), or even the Midwest. Doesn't tell people to ride corridor trains and ignore long-distance trains. :giggle:So there are some Amtrak ads for short haul trains. Wonder how many ads are state or local ads?
Being the best airline in the US is a bit like being the best smelling dog present.For all of his potential faults, the Wall Street Journal today announced that Delta is the best airline in the US based on seven criteria. Alaska was second and Southwest third. Perhaps, historically Anderson has done some things right!!
I actually really disagree with the claim that DAL is the best U.S. carrier. They aren't particularly cheap, their planes feel old and tired, and the staff seem to usually be pretty rude. In my book, jetBlue is by far the best American airline, with totally free high bandwidth WiFi, consistently good service, clean planes, and cheap fares. I will agree that everyone else sucks, though.
I've had pretty much the exact opposite experience. Granted, I've never actually flown JetBlue, but when I saw a decent fare on an OTA (multiple OTAs, in fact) for JetBlue and tried to book it I got an error and the price jumped up $50. JetBlue's website only had the higher fare. Even after I saw that the first time, the lower (false) fares still popped up on multiple OTAs, even ones that I hadn't searched that itinerary on before, which makes me think that the fare issue was on JetBlue's end. Their prices (at least from MSP) that are available don't seem to be that great unless they have a huge sale, and the flight I was looking at for a potential trip in March has a very poor OTP rating (with under 40% of that flight schedule arriving on time, and almost 45% arriving more than 30 minutes late.) Considering that it's a late evening flight, I really don't want to risk having a 30-minute or more delay when it's that likely to happen, and some perusal of web forums suggest that this isn't uncommon for JetBlue.I actually really disagree with the claim that DAL is the best U.S. carrier. They aren't particularly cheap, their planes feel old and tired, and the staff seem to usually be pretty rude. In my book, jetBlue is by far the best American airline, with totally free high bandwidth WiFi, consistently good service, clean planes, and cheap fares. I will agree that everyone else sucks, though.
*Many* polls have shown the college students in west TX would LOVE to have Amtrak service to ABQ, FTW, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston. We don't even have Amtrak bus service to any of them (except for Longview-Houston - I don't know if there's a college in Longview that takes advantage of it). El Paso had begged for service to Lubbock (UMC Medical), Amarillo was willing to revise its platforms when there was consideration of altering the SWC route.My college dorm has Amtrak signs posted around the building for student saver fares...pretty sure all the residence halls have them.
As a college town, we get a lot of kids who travel by train to and from Chicago. It's the same across the state, where students from as far as Ann Arbor (U of M) and East Lansing (MSU) take the train to Chicago for the day or even to their homes elsewhere in Michigan so they don't have to drive.
Now if only we had a second Blue Water pair and service between GR and Detroit....
I also suspect that the criteria used by the Wall Street Journal to define the "best" airlines is heavily weighted towards financial performance and the interests if the shareholders, not the other stakeholders, like the employees, the customers, and the general public.