As much as people rag on Amtrak, most of it's long haul routes operate daily. Why do almost all routes outside of the Toronto to Montreal corridor operate less than daily?
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railgeekteen wrote:As much as people rag on Amtrak, most of it's long haul routes operate daily. Why do almost all routes outside of the Toronto to Montreal corridor operate less than daily?Not enough rolling stock and not enough passengers seems the logical reason.
NH2060 wrote:Don't forget the freight carriers (CN?) allow only a certain number of frequencies on the Corridor services hence the real need for a dedicated set of tracks for only passenger services. Amtrak owns most of the NEC and therefore can run as many trains as capacity and demand warrant.Yeah dedicated tracks probably isn't going to/can't happen. VIA probably will get their line between Toronto and Montreal built eventually, by cobbling together legacy rail corrridors and a little bit of new construction. A few daily CN and CP trains will be swapped from the existing Corridor to the VIA track. VIA will thus be able to increase its utilization of the existing Corridor without building any more stations or infrastructure. A few non-stop Toronto-Ottawa/Montreal services will use the VIA tracks.
bdawe wrote: The main draw back just being that there aren't that many people in the MaritimesUp until the big VIA cuts in January 1990….the Maritimes had an extensive ‘Intercity’ type service with several RDC runs connecting to and supplementing the Ocean and Atlantic ‘long-distance’ trains.