capltd29 wrote:because of low ridership.Please define low ridership.
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More folks are hopping aboard the Amtrak Cardinal this year to dodge the hassles of airport security and high gas prices.Charleston Daily Mail
Amtrak spokeswoman Karina Romero says ridership on the Cardinal is up 5 percent from last year, carrying 90,542 passengers in 2005 to 95,076 this year...
"The high price of gas and the difficulties of airline security, such as not being allowed to bring shampoo on board, has contributed to our ridership increases," Romero said. "You can bring shampoo on Amtrak."...
...Charleston Mayor Danny Jones has been one of Amtrak's biggest users and supporters in the area. Jones, a Republican, is pleased with the slight progress made by the rail service and believes Amtrak will survive under a Democrat-controlled Congress.
"With Democrats in power, that means transportation in big cities and urban areas will get funding," Jones said. "But some feel that government shouldn't be in the business of subsidizing the railroad."...
wigwagfan wrote:capltd29 wrote:because of low ridership.Please define low ridership.
gprimr1 wrote:I'd be curious to know if it being 3 times a week makes it easier or harder for the host railroad to accommodate.The impact of Tri-Weekly operation falls more on Amtrak than on the Class I host. Tri Weekly operation results in less effective utilization of equipment, and even more so, T&E crews. While I'm not certain, I would dare say that somewhere on either the Cardinal or Sunset, there is an assignment calling for an excessive layover (24+) - possibly even a paid deadhead.
I just rode the Cardinal last month, my second ride on that train, and on both trips the Card was absolutely packed.I was on the Cardinal a few trips and found it packed too!!
build a connection between the Southern main and the C&O line at Cullpepper(?) as the C&O branch through Gordon is slow as snails and using the NS route could cut 30 min off the trip.The piece of line you're talking about is between Orange, VA, where the ex-C&O passenger route diverges from the ex-Southern route, and Gordonsville, VA. I think I read the speed is 30 mph there. While they probably could save some time if it were possible to run NS all the way to C'ville, I doubt if it's 30 min.
Tom Curtin wrote:The piece of line you're talking about is between Orange, VA, where the ex-C&O passenger route diverges from the ex-Southern route, and Gordonsville, VA. I think I read the speed is 30 mph there. While they probably could save some time if it were possible to run NS all the way to C'ville, I doubt if it's 30 min.On my last trip through Staunton, VA, I talked with the Buckingham Branch folks who operate the line from Orange to Clifton Forge. Plans are in the works to use the Southern but believe a new or upgraded Charlottesville connection is required. This month they will be taking over the distpatching of the trains. Previously CSX dispatchers in JAX had been handling it. This has to help the timekeeping.
Jersey_Mike wrote:Where is the Buckingham Branch going to be dispatching things from? Gordon tower ?Plans are to use their office in Staunton for dispatching.
And yeah, on my trip we had to meet P051 east of Charlottesville and it took forever to get the dispatcher to get off his ass and handle the move.