eolesen wrote: ↑Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:15 am
There's a distinct difference between operating and marketing. If Amtrak handles the sales/marketing/equipment procurement, there's no reason not to go back to the 1971 model
I've said it before, I'll say it again.
"Amtrak" as a government owned corporation should exist solely to own the fleet of coach cars and provide subsidy payments for hauling around those three coaches on whatever schedule. Some sort of organization would exist to provide national marketing, reservations and ticket sales for the coach cars.
The host railroads provide the power and Engineer, and will be paid a nominal fee by "Amtrak" to cover their costs.
The Pullman cars and Fred Harvey cars are separate entities. The Pullman car operators will be responsible for their own marketing, reservations, ticket sales, and staff. The Fred Harvey cars will also be responsible for their own crewing, marketing and sales. If the host railroad says the number of Pullman and Harvey cars needs another locomotive, then they will be responsible for that cost (not "Amtrak").
Stations can be owned and operated by the local community, and whether they want to hire someone to be a ticket agent is up to them. Charge a PFC for customers embarking or disembarking like an airport if they want.