The policy means the Amtrak Board would insist the following trains on FRA-exempted routes be discontinued:Hard to believe Amtrak would seriously consider operating 6 daily DE train pairs only between North Station and Haverhill - perhaps Pan Am might be interested in partnering on DE ops?
Southwest Chief: between La Junta, Colo., and Dailies, N.M., and through Topeka, Kan.
Cardinal: over the Buckingham Branch Railroad between Orange and Clifton Forge, Va.
California Zephyr: 152 miles of UP’s Green River subdivision west of Grand Junction, Colo.
Texas Eagle: 110 miles of UP’s Desoto subdivision south of St. Louis, Mo.
Downeaster: north of Haverhill, Mass., to Brunswick, Maine., on Pan Am Railways
Vermonter: north of Springfield, Mass., on the New England Central
Ethan Allen: on Vermont Railway east of Whitehall, N.Y.
City of New Orleans: a total of 18 miles on Canadian National around Memphis, Tenn., and New Orleans
PBMcGinnis wrote:But the 3 states are going to cough up more tax dollars.1 state. NH and MA don't fund the Downeaster.
MEC407 wrote:MA's contribution is access to their tracks at no cost. So while there is no direct financial contribution, the use of the infrastructure itself is worth something.PBMcGinnis wrote:But the 3 states are going to cough up more tax dollars.1 state. NH and MA don't fund the Downeaster.
Trinnau wrote:MA's contribution is access to their tracks at no cost.NNEPRA (read: the State of Maine) helped pay for the rebuild of the Haverhill bridge and has funded other track projects down there. MA isn't just giving it away for free. They do receive compensation.