Goes to show how deep the staffing cuts were when COVID hit. Should it have went that far? We have 20/20 hindsight now, but surprisingly Amtrak didn’t even consider any service north of Seattle (e,g, Bellingham to Seattle service) unless it went all the way. The lead time to re-start service from zero staff is interesting. Not sure what staff was sent to establish daily LD train service, as that’s still trying to turn the corner (will shortly), but that seems more like an easy excuse. Still, of interest, Amtrak often said it furloughed employees during COVID, but clearly that’s not what happened here (they were severed).