This has nothing to with scheduling and everything to do with compensation. You get what you pay for and treated as such.
How much is Amtrak paying now? How much more should they be forced to pay in the future?
Its time for Amtrak to up the payment to the railroads. Then Amtrak can dictate penalties for nonconforming performance… You get what you pay for, if Amtrak wants to be treated premium, they have to pay for it.[
Part of the agreement of taking over passenger services was that host railroads were expected to give Amtrak priority over their own freight movements. This makes sense since passenger trains are generally permitted faster speeds and are expected to run tighter schedules than freight. You can call that a "favor" if you want but that doesn't change the fundamental premise or expectation. Which leaves me wondering, why should Amtrak be forced to pay a premium just to maintain the schedules upon which they and their freight hosts have already agreed?
And please stop bringing up, "the government gave the railroads land grants two hundred years ago, the railroads owe the government" argument. Its embarrassing. Or, " the government did the railroads a favor taking over passenger service, so the railroads owe to the government to run trains on time", no.........no the freight railroads do not owe any favors to the government.
That doesn't actually answer any of my questions. How can you expect to win people over with vague deflections and tired cliches? For someone who works in logistics this seems like some really low effort reasoning.
Edited by Devil's Advocate, 20 June 2018 - 02:53 AM.