mtuandrew wrote: ↑Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:27 pm prokowave: if the US Government had redirected all of that money away from the NEC, who would have funded the renovations the NEC so badly needed? The states definitely wouldn’t have covered enough.My argument is that with with sufficient investment across the country, bringing faster more reliable service to all corners, Amtrak could have made a better case for a larger total capital allotment which would also cover the NEC's needs. It would also get the LDs to a point of profitability so that NEC operating profits could be directed towards NEC improvements rather than subsidizing LD operations. By that time Amtrak could have been financing most of its own improvements instead of having things dragged out for years every time the political winds change.
The fact is, at this point most of the US hasn't experienced good rail service and until they do, it's harder to get them to support it politically. The average Joe doesn't realize it's NS delaying trains, they just think it's Amtrak and bureaucratic incompetence. Build new tracks to run the trains faster and on time through places like Alabama and maybe you can get more money for the whole system.