As Amtrak constantly faces attacks and budget cuts, I think drastic action must be taken. If the NEC shut down unexpectedly, the US economy would lose $100,000,000 per day. Here are my pros and cons for Amtrak and shutting down the corridor.
Pros: 1. The impact on the economy would force everyone to reconsider how important Amtrak is
2. 24 hours of no train traffic could mean many needed repairs could be made, and with no interruptions from passing trains.
3. 24 hours of no NEC service would be a major help to free up cars for maintenance that would otherwise be stuck on the corridor.
Cons: 1. A major loss of revenue would occur, but only for a few days/
2. LD trains would be cut back, and while the Cardinal and Silver Service can be held at WAS, the LSL wouldn't be able to access NYP, so it would be held back to the Croton-Harmon stop, or more likely, ALB or have the entire train travel to BOS.
3. Amtrak would definitely get some bad PR.
What are your thoughts?