What do others think (I'm only a foreigner, but one who has travelled extensively by rail worldwide)? As Amtrak's most popular LD train (average patronage each way of about 620 passengers, though not all aboard at once), it deserves the best possible timetable.
Perhaps a main reason why it's Amtrak's most popular long distance train has a lot to do with its current schedule. Why mess with success?
I would suggest looking at Amtrak's least popular LD train and seeing what could be done instead.
Couldn't agree more.
Make the two least popular LD trains daily from three times a week before gratuitously fiddling with their schedules, would be my take.
I know armchair schedule fiddling is a major hobby around here, and this might be an unpopular position.
If the schedule still sucks, being daily vs. non daily doesn't seem like a big deal to me. I'd rather have a train 3 days a week at 2:45pm than a train 7 days a week at 2:45am.
I don't know whether or not it is a coincidence but IMO the two non daily trains have the worst schedules in not serving their largest cities at convenient times and I have proposed schedule changes for each of them.