Old Conrail tried really hard to get out of the carload freight business. They told many industries that had sidings and received carload freight, that it would be so much better if they could drive trucks down to a transfer pad at Croxton. The only thing good old CR did was sell off a lot of the branch lines to shortlines. Unfortunately, they didnt sell enought of them, and the ones that were left under CR suffered large declines in business.
Unfortunately, many people in this country are not driven by pride or a job well done, just by greed. Running the class 1 railroads isnt about running a railroad anymore, its just about money, and if there's not enough money to make the ppl managing it happy, then they are just as happy to shut it down and sell it all to a scrapper.
Thats the unfortunate fact of things. The best thing that could happen to the TRIT and SOUS, and FIT, would be for a shortline to come in. Shortlines are run by ppl who want to run a railroad. There isnt enuf money in shortlines to have a house in the Hamptons, and have a lavish lifestyle. You really have to like running a railroad. The ppl running the class 1's dont care about running a railroad, they care about their house in the Hamptons.
My point....Talking common sense, and building carload traffic, and the good of the community, and helping local industry means nothing the to Brass at the class 1's. If you are not talking to them about a buying bigger boat and a bigger summer home, they dont care. Their only drive is personal wealth.
The frogs, burial sites, nimby's , etc, is all a side show. The bottom line is money. If i went to the NJ lawmakers with a suitcase full of cash, I could get the TRIT rebuilt in no time.