- Jan 23, 2019
Amtrak wouldn't need twice the service to make St Louis into a hub. If the National Limited was revived, and through cars to the City of New Orleans from Kansas City, a route to Oklahoma City and a route to Denver were on the table it would be a hub, but a bare bones hub. With this much service, someone could connect from DC to points west such as LA, Texas, and Denver without having to go through Chicago. It would also make Kansas City into a quasi hub, which would also be a good thing. Come to think of it, fighting to make more hubs would necessarily mean more service......Economies of scale means it makes sense to connect everything through Chicago until Amtrak has roughly *twice* as much service as it does now. Then it would make sense to have a secondary hub, I'd say. But first we'd have to have two trains a day on every existing long-distance route. IMO.