Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:38 pm A few more items "on the plate" to chew on before worrying about excursions and PV's, latter of which it looks like they're handling anyway:Gateway/Portal/B&P I believe (correct me if I am wrong) are federal government matters and Amtrak has been fighting with the DOT and Congress to get the funds for the upgrades approved.
---- The broken safety culture.
-----On time performance - Amtrak and Class I operations
-----Systemwide Food & Beverage on the LD's
And the "Huge" Elephants in the room:
OTP won't improve, at least on the national network, until the feds begin to enforce Amtrak priority. I'm not well-versed in NEC issues beyond the Hudson chokepoints and century-old infrastructure, so if I'm missing something please enlighten me.
Systemwide Food/Beverage could use an overhaul on the NN as well as the corridors. Microwaved food isn't exactly appealing.
What's wrong with equipment procurement? Again, an issue I'm not well-versed in.
New corridors would be great. It's long past time for Amtrak to start to look at newer routes in areas of the country that don't have it like the central and southeastern US as well as TX.