If there are those who wonder why discussions about the CMSL can be bring out cynicism among some, then this should be a prime example. Last May there was an extended discussion about the prospects for Cape May service. Statements were attributed to the CMSL that suggested that once the bridge was fixed, service will start:
...Yes, a CMSL spokesperson was present. Yes, he said exactly what one would expect him to say. He fervently hopes that the bridge will be repaired and that train service between Cape May Court House and Cape May City can resume soon.
That was at a NJ-ARP lunch hosted by the CMSL on May 20. Now, the bridge is fixed, so service will start soon? Well, not exactly. Seems the Nor'easter of April 15 washed out the tracks near Dennisville. Lets see. The tracks were washed out in mid April. CMSL says nothing about it (publicly) on May 20. Now, the bridge is fixed, and, oops: the tracks are washed out: and have been for three months.
It is frustrating for those of us who would like to support the CMSL to be so isolated from the facts. The CMSL web site even has a "President's Page" where the initial posting promised discussions of CMSL operations and "even a few surprises". That initial posting several months ago is the only one that has been posted. The only surprise so far has been the lack of any updates at all. What a perfect place to discuss the future of the Cape May service and CMSL's future plans. What a perfect waste of an opportunity to generate support for what has to be done to get the trains running to Cape May again.
It seems CMSL disseminates information on a "need to know" basis. Other than a small clique of insiders, they apparently believe that no one needs to know. Too bad, because maybe some of us who are not members of the CMSL insiders club could help. But instead, we know nothing and can do nothing. It is hard to come away with any conclusion other than that is the way the CMSL wants it.
So, please, don't blame us when stuff like this happens and the cynicism oozes out.