But I'd like to see Gardner as more pro Amtrak maintenance and expansion as opposed to contraction. The way he's portrayed here is the latter.I don’t think this means much - really just a reorganization and changing around of titles. He is still the #2 guy in charge of day to day as he was before. First of all I don’t think anyone at Amtrak wants to eliminate all 15 long distance routes. I think they have issues with some routes and believe in some network changes to help reposition the focus to spurring corridor growth but even Gardner has stated that there are “appropriate long distance routes” that they should operate.
Now obviously for many of us cutting even one of the routes is not or shouldn’t be considered acceptable - but there is a difference between wanting to make changes and wanting to eliminate altogether. And I think Gardner (along with Amtrak’s board) is the former.
As a former Congressional staffer I’m sure he knows more than anyone than when it comes to Congress you never get completely your way. If Gardner has to keep running the long distance routes to get more money for corridor development he’ll happily do it.