mtuandrew wrote: ↑Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:06 pmI’m not sure I follow. Why is this important to Anderson? We’ve advocated for a reserve/surge fleet here, but I don’t think anyone at One Mass has seriously planned such a fleet.
He's bottom line oriented and seems to be growing Amtrak out of the deficit as opposed to cutting. Furthermore Amtrak has long since given up trying to make money any other way besides carrying passengers and the occasional package.
I think there are people at Amtrak who have indeed done exactly that and probably with encouragement in their efforts from Anderson. The revenue hounds in the Planning Department have done a tremendous job over the past decade+ squeezing the market for every dollar that it will bear.
I think they would be absolutely drooling at the prospects of being thrown the "bone" of a fleet of Horizon cars that they could push around the system at will to maximize yield. It would be so desirable in some respects that Amtrak would probably want to keep every last coach, dings and all, to themselves.
I am starting to wonder if the "All Station Stops" service I just posted about in a new topic is one intended use for the Horizon cars.