electricron wrote: ↑Tue Jun 13, 2023 11:21 pm
This is Amtrak’s second busiest passenger train corridor with Amtrak’s famed Northeast Corridor being the busiest of all. And Amtrak can not keep its trains running reliability on it? Imagine a significant part of the NEC, like the bridge over the Chesapeake Bay between Baltimore and Philadelphia. Would anyone plan to ride the train-bus-train replacement service for a rather long time?
Here's the thing: That's not Amtrak trackage.
That's OCTA down to San Clemente, followed by North County Transit District, then BNSF's San Diego Subdivision. BNSF says it's all theirs via the SCRA. I'm just going to say it's BNSF's trackage, not Amtrak's.
No matter what, though, Amtrak's a tenant on the trackage. They're beholden to the owner's management of the line, and if they can't run trains because it's OOS, there's nothing much they can do.
If Amtrak owned it, it would already be moved and we wouldn't have the conversation, now wouldn't we?