• Metra vs. Amtrak: Union Station Operating Agreement

  • Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.
Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.

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  by MattW
 
John_Perkowski wrote: Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:59 pm Take the annual operating costs of the train sheds.
Add in the operating costs for 40 stalls restroom space.
Divide by the number of arrivals, departures and switching movement.

Amtrak gets its share
METRA gets its share

Problem solved.
It's not that simple. How much more do Amtrak passengers use the bathrooms? A passenger on a five hour layover between the Cap and CZ may use the bathroom 2-3 times, while the average METRA passenger might never use the bathroom. But then the average Hiawatha customer might never use the bathrooms either. For the train sheds, an Amtrak train might sit there two hours, while a METRA train might come in, dump, and go to the yard and spend all of 40 minutes there. Is dispatching one of the issues in question? How do you divide up the costs there? If Amtrak trains are usually straight-in movements, while METRA has to cross multiple tracks, does METRA pay more due to the complexity of the movements?