I have little knowledge and no experience with Amtrak's "Thruway" Connection buses (outside of Emeryville to San Francisco) and have always wondered how much value it adds to the network. Do these connections create significant additional rail ridership? Are there any political sensitivities connected to the service? I haven't heard of anything. Nor have I heard of any talk of significant cuts other than a tweak or two over the years. Are these services contracted through Greyhound or other charter companies? Just curious if this is something that can be on the block if Amtrak is looking to make major cuts, and if so, how much would it be missed?