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

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  by markhb
 
electricron wrote: Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:53 am
markhb wrote: Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:03 pm What are they thinking for endpoints of the regional service?
In the news article recently linked above,
"The Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority is looking to restore the route, though other connections could be made along the way, including a route between Salt Lake City and Butte, and another between Denver and Billings."

I believe the Big Sky PRA is still dreaming for a long distance train, but I do not think Montana can afford to do so by themselves. Which is the point the Amtrak manager was trying to make, Montana needs to find financial partners and decide upon a regional service they wish to implement.
Thanks. I think one of the issues they have is that it's a long, comparatively isolated stretch... if they just go from Billings to Missoula to capture what I think is most Montanans, then it doesn't connect to anything else at all. If they extend to Sand Point, ID in the West and Williston, ND in the East, then they can connect to the Builder at either end (which also can draw potential riders bound for Yellowstone) but they've added hundreds of miles of mountains and cattle and very few potential riders en route. The side route to Denver? Again, huge distance, few people until you get to Cheyenne. The route to Salt Lake at least goes by Idaho Falls and Pocatello but Butte is off of the cross-state route (it's an either/or with Helena that would require a line be completely rebuilt).
Last edited by markhb on Wed Apr 14, 2021 6:01 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  by west point
 
Mark did you get east and west swapped ? You can edit

If they extend to Sand Point, ID in the East and Williston, ND in the West, then they can connect to the Builder at either end
  by markhb
 
Oops... Thanks! Corrected.
  by gokeefe
 
eolesen wrote:In other words, Amtrak is letting them down gently...
I don't think so as that would imply the stakeholders in Montana are totally unaware of the funding formulas. I highly doubt that's the case.

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