Interesting comment to FRA.
The Federal Railroad Administration has an ongoing program, the Amtrak Daily Long-Distance Service Study, implemented Oct. 28, 2002, in accordance with Section 22214 of the Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act (IIJA), whichwww.railwayage.com
Amtrak‘s response, from spokesperson Marc Magliari: “Claims regarding APT have nothing to do with the FRA’s Amtrak Long-Distance Service Study. APT was developed by DOT’s Volpe Center in response to a requirement in a 2005 Appropriations Act that DOT retain a consultant to develop a route performance system that reflects the performance of Amtrak’s existing routes. It is not a cost projection methodology that could be used to project the capital and operating costs of adding new routes. The Volpe Center’s most recent update on APT (Update on the Methodology for Amtrak Performance Tracking (APT), pages 16-20) directly responds to and addresses Papp’s criticisms.”
Could you explain which "House of Cards" you are referring to, and where it might fall?I think that Maglieri's answer is a real symptom of the whole cost accounting scheme. FRA should just consider above rail costs and the whole house of Amtrak's cards might fall. As pointed out Amtrak is not following the law. Whether the 60, 000 ( or just 6000 ) manual rules is way too much. ( snow removal MIA ).