Has there ever been impetus to create a modern day National Guide? e.g. a single book that contains timetables for all train routes in the country, a combination of an Amtrak National Timetable and system timetables for every single commuter rail agency in the country. In terms of planning endpoint-to-endpoint trips, this could be very useful. If one was going from Babylon, Long Island, to Lancaster, California, there is nothing currently that could tell said traveler that their trip is possible completely by rail. Likewise, integrated ticketing across the country should become an option too. Being able to purchase all tickets for that journey from the ticket agent in Babylon would revolutionize long-distance rail-travel. Through-ticketing already exists in other countries and in limited settings in this country, such as between SEPTA and NJ Transit, or between Shore Line East and Metro North, or Amtrak and Caltrain, Amtrak and Metrolink, and Amtrak and NJT's Atlantic City Line.
"The Erie only sells 1 way tickets on the NJ&NY because it only has a 99 year lease on the line."