True. But we all knew THAT "new normal" would be very short-lived. What is being proposed for the downsizing of pax trains, especially LD, is likely not to be short-lived.The airlines shut down completely after 9/11/2001. We seemed to be OK, actually.
I guess if the tiger is chasing it's tale, catches up with it, and bites it off, it will have been successful. Such is the government's handling of public rail transit. Especially when success can be seen with increasing ridership. Conclusion: success is not part of the equation. Although the graphic below is old... ridership has been increasing every year!I never said the government was handing out money for expansion. However the airline industry got a 25 billion dollar bailout. Delta had it's best profit ever in 2019. If they can give 25 billion to the airline industry the government can easily write a check to Amtrak. What did the airline industry to with all of that extra money from those bag fees and change fees lol. That's just my two cents.
As far as expansion. 1 long distance line east of the Mississippi that goes from Chicago to Orlando. Is not the right time to do it. No but Maybe that route could be introduced with funding.