I assume that what he's trying to say is that the AX-1 equipment plus the new AX-2 will replace the Amfleet + ACS64 consists on the Regionals that don't extend into Virginia or to Springfield, MA.
mtuandrew wrote:Wave goodbye to every Regional that doesn’t serve off-Corridor destinations! It looks like precious few non-Acelas will even serve destinations north of NYP anymore, excepting the Vermonter and the Virginians. A forced transfer is one way Amtrak can drive up prices and pay for the pretty new Lionel Flyers, after all.
Curious as to why you think there won't be any Regionals that don't serve off-corridor. Also if you force a transfer won't that drive people away and cause Amtrak to have to reduce fares to fill seats?
Realistically that can't happen until Mystic, CT and Westerly, RI get high levels.
Who knows when that may happen, it could happen next year if money appeared to do so magically.
QJust do the math guys, 28 longer train sets replacing 20 over a corridor that is limited to the number of trains running on it. Assuming the same number of HSR train sets are in maintenance and parked in a yard somewhere as back-ups, there are 8 more HSR train sets in service meaning there are 8 less regional trains running through to Boston.
Of course, those same extra 8 train sets could be turning in New York to increase the number of HSR train sets in service south of NYC, allowing the same number of Amfleet trains running north of NYC to Boston ——which I believe I have read is Amtrak’s plans.
I don’t have a fool proof crystal ball to predict the future, so either scenario could be the case 3 to 4 years from now.