I can imagine that number being somewhat reasonable if you count lost productivity for time spent in traffic. Goods will be delayed as people turn to the roads and planes.
Even delays have an impact on certain groups. While bars and restaurants may thrive during delays, most other stores take a bath. Please allow a brief "fair use" quote from Penn Station delays leave shops struggling
Commuters are not the only ones feeling stranded at Penn Station — several businesses inside the transit hub said their bottom lines are suffering because customers skip shopping stops when their trains are delayed.
Penn Wine & Spirits sees a roughly 40 percent dip in business when commuters contend with train delays, as Long Island Rail Road passengers did Tuesday, according to the store’s sales consultant José Vilchis.
He said interruptions to rail service are significant enough to cut into the shop’s clientele about once or twice a week.
“People just stand out there for hours and hours,” Vilchis said. “A lot of people are more worried about where they want to head to instead of buying a bottle of wine.”
Nearby, Carlton Cards loses 20 to 30 percent of its business when trains run behind schedule, according to its manager, Vijay Sampat.
The sales slump grows most severe when the waiting area near the LIRR grows crowded and officials have to seal off the area, Sampat said.
“Nobody could come in,” he said. “We were dead here: no customers at all.”
That is just delays. Imagine the trickle down effect if the corridor shut down completely. That's a huge loss of purchasing power from the impacted workers from Amtrak, NJT, MARC, VRE, SEPTA, Metro-North, CDOT, MBTA, NS, Conrail, CSX and the suppliers of equipment/parts to those railroads. As examples, what happens to the people that make the railroad ties and signals? The parts for the catenary? How would a loss of the NEC impact the various electrical suppliers that feed the NEC? How many jobs are created because of them?
This is more than the commuters. This is everything from the dispatchers, to the IT personnel that support their systems, to people that mop the floors in the now closed stations, to the FRA inspectors that patrol Amtrak facilities.
Edited by Thirdrail7, 08 June 2017 - 01:17 AM.