David Benton wrote: I'm thinking of the likes of Georgia, a lot of people moving in from other states , and crying out for better rail service.
Mr. Benton, I wish the advocacy community could begin to accept that the railroad rights of way away from specific regions, are owned by investors who seek a maximum return from their investment. They are not any kind of public highway such as they are in many foreign jurisdictions - and as the advocacy community would like to see here.
As more US roads adopt the principles of Precision Railroading, which certainly has a favorable impact on the bottom line, the more intrusive any train not moving with the flow of traffic will become. The most indicative example of that is The Canadian, which is at the mercy of the traffic flows on the road where Precision Railroading was born.
I think The Canadian "is done for" and will not return from its "COVID hiatus". This is why I hold the Amtrak tri-weekly frequencies are the first step in a long "slog" to be rid of the Amtrak LD's.
disclaimer: author long UNP; an S&P "outperform" YTD 20.