Amtrak does not have the clout mainly because of a chicken and egg situation Not enough service to get a loyal following except in the NEC especially when Amtrak does not have enough equipment for holidays. Not enough loyal following to demand more equipment on present trains and more trains and destinations...
Exactly! Thanks for putting it clearly.
Now, consider a state with relatively little Class I freight presence, but enough Amtrak to have a loyal ridership of meaningful size:
In these states Amtrak has more clout than a Class I. (Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if Michigan were in this category too.)
Consider a state where half the population is openly fighting the Class I over coal service and the other half is angry about poor agricultural service, again with enough Amtrak to have a loyal ridership of meaningful size:
Or a state where half the population is complaining about railyard pollution, again with enough Amtrak to have a loyal ridership of meaningful size:
Here... it's not obvious to me who has more clout.
Then, consider a state where there is no significant loyal Amtrak patronage and lots of Class I service without too many local complaints:
-- South Carolina
Yeah, here Amtrak has no clout whatsoever and the Class Is have a lot.
Edited by neroden, 12 October 2017 - 12:04 PM.