I’m still not convinced the best way to save the long distance trains is to simply outsource them to a premium provider, likely resulting in having to charge premium prices. There might be a small market for that, but I think it’d make Amtrak even less relevant for most people than it is today. For me, what would be best for the long distance trains is better OTP and more frequency. Alongside that, feeder bus services can help to connect more places, making Amtrak the spine of our land transportation network and have busses serve to feed the spine. I’m on a sold-out Megabus right now and there’s quite a few younger people on board. Sure, it’s cheaper, but it’s also more reliable (the Builder has pretty poor OTP, especially eastbound, where the bus is usually on time,) it’s more frequent (4x/day vs. 1x/day,) and it serves a unique market (Madison, WI.) It’s less comfortable, but when it’s a quarter to half the price and reliable, it’s hard to justify taking the train. No premium experience can make up fully for poor OTP.