NARP's Campaign to make the Cardinal Daily has begun. Here is some information on it:
We will post more material pertaining to this campaign on this thread as and when they become available.
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Posted 28 May 2016 - 11:08 PM
I know who's name will be at the top of the petition.
They say laughter is the best medicine. Obviously they never posted on AU.
Posted 29 May 2016 - 07:16 AM
Thanks! At some point we will need to also do a letter writing campaign to targeted Congresspeople and Senators. When the time comes we will let you know and ask for help.
Posted 08 October 2016 - 05:00 PM
I heard an interview with Charlie Monte Verde, one of Amtrak's governmental affairs people, where he discussed this.
He seemed optimistic but he said it would depend very much on West Virginia. He *still* seemed optimistic because apparently the state officials in WV are actually showing signs of caring about this.
The more interesting thing he said was that thanks to the 750-mile rule in PRIIA, he thought that it was at least sometimes easier to start up a long-distance service -- fewer entities had to agree -- than a shorter corridor service, and that that applied to the Cardinal. (He didn't say this, but I suspect an *incrementally profitable* long-distance service would be easier to start, while something which was a definite money-suck like the Pioneer would not be.)
He also said that their rule of thumb is that going from 1 a day to 2 a day causes ridership to triple. (He didn't remember any examples of going from 3 a week to 7 a week, but I would take the implication that ridership would probably multiply by even more than a factor of 3. Please note that I have estimated that a daily Cardinal would be profitable before overhead, but I was only estimating ridership increasing by af factor of 2.3, so this would be even better.)
Edited by neroden, 08 October 2016 - 05:05 PM.
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