I did not suggest that the country as a whole is become significantly more rail savvy, but rather the belief that trains are an antiquated and useless form of travel is no longer ubiquitous. Many that I talk to in the northeast (especially in my generation) see the appeal. That was not necessarily there 20 years ago.Well, if there are not a few people in the most rail savvy part of the country willing to ride a Sleeper overnight, I'd say we are in real trouble. OTOH I would not go so far as to reach the conclusion based on that that the country is becoming significantly more rail savvy overall, enough to start riding Sleepers for local business needs in large numbers either. The overall country is a really big and diverse place.
It seems some have finally awoken to the reality that the world takes advantage of great rail, and we are a very lonely country that does not.