Posted 16 April 2017 - 06:59 PM
Or Maryland could simply run their own 125mph capable trains express to achieve something close to that and charge whatever they feel is appropriate today (or well soon, as soon as they get their Chargers on line.
Soon it will not be upto Amtrak to decide who they sell slots to. It will be upto the NEC Commission on the Board of which each state that is a stakeholder has a seat. Amtrak will be beholden to this august body for all its capital funding for improvements and capital maintenance.
Part of the problem with this is that at least some of that is going to be redundant with existing service. Amtrak runs 37x daily trains WAS-BAL while MARC runs another 28x. By the way, MARC does run a single non-stop between WAS and BAL (train 408). It takes 37 minutes: Faster than the fastest Regionals and about 5 minutes slower than the slowest Acelas.
Setting the Acela aside, given that Amtrak operates Penn Line MARC service I'd put the onus on them for not approaching Maryland for a broader step-up service on weekends, for example. Alternatively, if Amtrak is concerned about their own capacity, I have to wonder why they don't cross-list some MARC trains in their timetables as Thruway services? VIA and GO do this around Toronto, for example...
Capitol Limited (7), CA Zephyr (4) Lake Shore Limited (1), Acela (2), NE Regional (2), Sliver Meteor (4)
Upcoming: Silver Meteor (1), Lake Shore Limited (1), SW Chief (2), MO River Runner (1), Texas Eagle (1)
Possibly Upcoming: Either Texas Eagle (1), Capitol Limited (1), Silver Meteor (2) or Texas Eagle (1), Capitol Limited (1), Silver Meteor (1)