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#1 norfolkwesternhenry

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 10:08 AM

It seems these days that many materials and hours get wasted on Amtrak. There seen to be so many irratic decisions and even rules that directly impact service. Would re-writing the rules at Amtrak and reconsidering every position in every section, to perhaps eliminate some uneeded jobs, and making the operation a little efficient.

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 10:12 AM

I'll be the first to ask - if it was your say, which positions are "unneeded"?



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Posted 10 May 2017 - 10:34 AM

It seems these days that many materials and hours get wasted on Amtrak. There seen to be so many irratic decisions and even rules that directly impact service. Would re-writing the rules at Amtrak and reconsidering every position in every section, to perhaps eliminate some uneeded jobs, and making the operation a little efficient.


This post is all over the place. No dots are connected and nothing is explained or even alluded to. I honestly have no idea what you're talking about.

I used to be with ‘it,’ but then they changed what ‘it’ was. Now what I’m with isn’t ‘it,’ and what’s ‘it’ seems weird and scary.


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Posted 10 May 2017 - 10:37 AM

How do Amtrak staffing levels, particularly on NEC and state-supported corridor trains, compare to intercity services elsewhere? North American commuter rail operates with bloated staffing levels as compared to best practices on RER/S-Bahn-type services, but I'm not as familiar with how Amtrak compares to, say, DB, SBB, SNCF, etc.



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Posted 10 May 2017 - 10:38 AM

It seems these days that many materials and hours get wasted on Amtrak. There seen to be so many irratic decisions and even rules that directly impact service. Would re-writing the rules at Amtrak and reconsidering every position in every section, to perhaps eliminate some uneeded jobs, and making the operation a little efficient.

 

I'm guessing you mean "erratic?"  Can you explain which rules you deem erratic, which ones you think directly impact service and if those rules are written by the host railroad, the FRA, OSHA,  Amtrak, and which ones you're in favor of altering?


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Posted 10 May 2017 - 10:45 AM

Ditto on providing specifics as to what you consider, as the T-publicans like to say, "Waste,Fraud and Abuse" @ Amtrak!

Perhaps you are unaware that actual OBS on the Trains has been cut to the bone in recent years and that the extra boards are very slim in most crew bases?

Could you be talking about the Suits in Management positions?
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Posted 10 May 2017 - 10:58 AM

Do we have a Mica-manager amongst us? :P



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Posted 10 May 2017 - 09:35 PM

Last time I was on the TE they were throwing out perfectly good water bottles, steaks, and even clean sheets. The jobs I consider "unneccesary" would be where they could be replaced with computers and robots, and there seems to be many others ways where re-organazation would greatly benefit what seems to be happening. Mostly combing through things, and makibg sure everything is working properly, and efficiently

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 09:37 PM

It seems these days that many materials and hours get wasted on Amtrak. There seen to be so many irratic decisions and even rules that directly impact service. Would re-writing the rules at Amtrak and reconsidering every position in every section, to perhaps eliminate some uneeded jobs, and making the operation a little efficient.

This post is all over the place. No dots are connected and nothing is explained or even alluded to. I honestly have no idea what you're talking about.
I'm not the best at wrighting posts, my english is only at an 8th grade level at best, and English is usually my worst class in school.

Empire Builder MSP-CHI (2) CHI-MSP (2) MSP-PDX (1) MSP-CBS (5.5 H late) (1) MKE-MSP (1) MSP-SEA (1) Coast Starlate PDX-EMY (1.5H late) (1) California Zephyr DEN-SLC (1H late) (1) Hiawatha CHI-MKE (1) NE Regional WAS-BAL (1) WAS-NYP (1)WIL-WAS (1) PHL-NYP (1) Acela Express BAL-WAS (1) BOS-WAS (1) WAS-WIL (1) Late Shore (Limited service) CHI-BOS (On Time) (1) Capitol Limited WAS-CHI (1) Texas Eagle SAS-CHI (1.5 HR late, 1 HR late) (2) CHI-SAS (1) (55 min early) Wolverine DET-DER-ARB-CHI (35 Min late) (1) Cascades SEA-VAC (1) Cardinal NYP-CHI (1)
Non-Amtrak: VIA: Corridor Service Q.C.-Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto-Windsor (1) Canadian: VAC-Winnipeg 4.5 H late (1) D. C. metro, Montreal Metro, Toronto subway, Portland streetcars, BART, Metra, NYC subway, Boston subway, Twin cities Blue/Green line, SEPTA commuter rail and subway, Staten Island RR


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Posted 10 May 2017 - 09:39 PM

I should rephrase the "rules" I should say how they go about doing things like cutting the newspaper and often the coffee (depending on train) for sleeper PAX. I think they should reconsider adding those things to make a better experience, and potentially adding a customer base of higher-expecting clients

Edited by norfolkwesternhenry, 10 May 2017 - 09:41 PM.

Empire Builder MSP-CHI (2) CHI-MSP (2) MSP-PDX (1) MSP-CBS (5.5 H late) (1) MKE-MSP (1) MSP-SEA (1) Coast Starlate PDX-EMY (1.5H late) (1) California Zephyr DEN-SLC (1H late) (1) Hiawatha CHI-MKE (1) NE Regional WAS-BAL (1) WAS-NYP (1)WIL-WAS (1) PHL-NYP (1) Acela Express BAL-WAS (1) BOS-WAS (1) WAS-WIL (1) Late Shore (Limited service) CHI-BOS (On Time) (1) Capitol Limited WAS-CHI (1) Texas Eagle SAS-CHI (1.5 HR late, 1 HR late) (2) CHI-SAS (1) (55 min early) Wolverine DET-DER-ARB-CHI (35 Min late) (1) Cascades SEA-VAC (1) Cardinal NYP-CHI (1)
Non-Amtrak: VIA: Corridor Service Q.C.-Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto-Windsor (1) Canadian: VAC-Winnipeg 4.5 H late (1) D. C. metro, Montreal Metro, Toronto subway, Portland streetcars, BART, Metra, NYC subway, Boston subway, Twin cities Blue/Green line, SEPTA commuter rail and subway, Staten Island RR





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