Why are the Eastern LDs running with so few coaches since the return to daily service? Amtrak doesn't seem to be hiring an excessive number of OBS employees, which would seem to indicate it's not an employment issue. In doing searches for random trains, it also doesn't seem to be a demand issue, as the coaches are consistently high bucket or sold out in the days leading up to departure. Domestic personal travel is roughly back to pre-pandemic levels and is the main demographic for LD Amtrak riders. It also doesn't initially appear to be an equipment issue, as it looks like Amtrak is actually using fewer total coaches for the single-level LDs than during the reduced schedules. Given that the Silvers and Crescent each require 4 trainsets and have been running with 2 cars while the LSL requires 3 trainsets and has been using 3 cars, that indicates a total need of 33 coaches for the daily overnight single-level LDs (excluding protects and maintenance requirements). Meanwhile, during the reduced schedule, the Silvers required 4 trainsets of 6-7 cars, the LSL required 2 trainsets of 5 cars, and the Crescent required 2 trainsets of 3 cars. This adds to a total of 40-44 coaches needed. The Palmetto now needs an extra set of 3 cars, but that still means 4-8 fewer single-level LD coaches are needed than during the reduced schedules, which would allow for an extra coach on at least one route. Even if the equipment is the reason, it seems odd that the stored equipment hasn't been returned to service given that the aid bill passed 3+ months ago and the increase in demand has been anticipated for a long time. When I traveled on the SS a few weeks ago, there were a large number of Amfleets stored at the Auto Train facility in Lorton.