As I see it, "Unified Plan 2020" (UP's version of PSR) means reduced traffic, longer trains, layoffs/furloughs, and yard consolidations and/or closures. Not just for UP, but for all other roads to varying degrees that have adopted it. Has had quite a positive effect on their operating ratio (which was around 60 last I checked, stockholders are pleased I'm sure), and I'm wondering how much influence this is having on their desire to focus solely on being a freight railroad at the expense of ridding themselves of their common carrier obligations as a passenger railroad. The timing is suspect to me, and seems more than coincidental, especially after 25 years of relative labor peace.
Several posts up in this thread, it was noted that per the current POS agreement, Metra pays UP about $100 million annually to operate the service. Does that sufficiently cover UP's costs? If not, how much is the shortfall? And what would UP's asking price be for Metra to buy the Harvard and Kenosha subs?
Don't mind me, just thinking aloud...