Sometimes you have to dream big. I'm wondering if this is going a bit extreme.
This plan doubles the number of train miles and proposes twice daily service on all routes. It's an expansion plan which even for Woody might be too big.
I'm sure we can do parts of this map but I don't think any of us will live long enough (even the "kids" of this group) to see this full map (https://www.narprail...on_map_2014.pdf ).
If you can look at the blue routes you can see gaps currently in the Amtrak system (ex. 3-C, Dallas to Houston, Louisville, Nashville, Vegas, Phoenix, etc.) You also can find some routes where there are at least talk about such as the Crescent Star route and service to Roanoke, VA. It also looks like they would roughly bring back all three of the canceled western trains (Desert Wind, Pioneer, North Coast Hiawatha). My assumption is that NARP knows these tracks exist rather than build new ones. In my (and Neroden's and Woody's) neck of the woods, you see Scranton (for those of you out west, think of Scranton as Pennsylvania's Malta, except it is much bigger) being connected to both Philly (passing through Allentown and if we're dreaming Wilkes Barre) and New York (second route from New York to Buffalo also going through Binghamton and Elmira (doesn't say anything about Ithaca though). I would say it covers much of the cities/routes in PA and NY not covered now.
Feel free to discuss the proposed expansions in your area (if there are any). The eastern part of the old Sunset Limited is shown in red as "suspended" service.
Many of these routes would make you say "how does that route not exist today?" although there are a few routes that I would think would be a big waste of money and/or nobody would ride it (then again, I think that way about some current routes now). What is the point of a really long route from Lincoln to Reno that bypasses both Denver and Salt Lake City?
The obvious first question I (and any Congressman or Congresswoman) would ask is ... "How much will it cost?"
Edited by Philly Amtrak Fan, 09 May 2017 - 07:01 AM.