Yes - they didn’t meet the planned summer consists on the builder and chief last year. But these drops occurred with the start of the summer season in May. It’s a matter of available cars vs the planned consist. They didn’t just decide in June or July - f’ it lets drop a car to screw up a bunch of people. They were planned car additions they couldn’t accommodate due to a car shortage. The difference this year - the planned additions have shown up. Absent a major issue that causes a new shortage in equipment I don’t anticipate a “f’ it lets drop a car.” Obviously bad orders and the like can always happen but it appears at least for now they’re trying to meet the planned summer consists unlike last year when they could not. If I recall last year it was a decision to on the chief replace a regular sleeper with a transition car and athe planned sleeper addition on the builder they never were able to accomplish. However this year these additions have occurred. So I stand by that it looks better than last year.
I’m not telling you that you should feel comfortable booking a sleeper - if you don’t by all means don’t. Simply passing on - I think things look a bit better than last year. If you don’t agree that’s your perogative.
They did make the decision as early as May, but they often didn't inform those affected until just two weeks before departure. That doesn't make it better, it makes it worse, and did indeed f the passengers.
Last year wasn't occasional bad orders, which I accept do occur and are unavoidable to a certain extent, it was a wholesale failure of equipment planning and coordination with reservation system inventory. It was systemic.
I like how you change your arguments. Oh, it was a planned seasonal withdrawal in the fall. Oops, no, yeah, they did withdraw at the height of the Sumner season. Oh, yeah, that they reacted to the newly discoved equipment shortage in May, just before the start of said season. Then neglected to inform the affected passengers
Yep, that certainly demonstrates competence all right.
In my view, they must demonstrate competence in planning for a sustained period before I trust, or will advise anyone to trust, in that planning.
I just do not have the trust in the competence in Amtrak management that you appear to. I ask for actual performance and results.