lvrr325 wrote:There is a huge, huge amount of difference between a commuter line that runs numerous trains each day for a large metropolitan area, and an excursion train running with old equipment just for pleasure rides. Unlike Amtrak or LIRR, no one is subsidizing their bills.That makes sense. But, my observations that it's not convenient to connect with Amtrak are accurate, right? Since they don't get subsidies to help, and must earn every penny, wouldn't they benefit from a better flow of Amtrak passengers to their trains? I'm sure there are a few changes that could be made, but it would require either side to budge, and some politics. SNCRR could adjust their schedule to better match Amtrak's current schedule, or any future schedule changes. Or, they could approach Amtrak about adding a train or adjusting their schedule to better connect with the Saratoga departures and arrivals. Either way, SNCRR is the smaller fish here, so they need to make things happen. However they get it done, it has to get done, and would certainly benefit them. I'm sure that there are other people from my area and other areas south of Saratoga that would take the train rather than drive if it was more convenient.
Please don't take my words as anything negative about the SNCRR. I've actually enjoyed seeing their growth, and hope they can continue to prosper and build upon what they've accomplished thus far.