I have questions about why people believe the Crescent does so bad south of Atlanta. The info I'm quoting is from Amtrak fact sheets posted by the Rail passengers Association. If you look at the ridership by city pairs, for 2018, of all cities along the route, Birmingham - New Orleans is No. 1 and Atlanta - New Orleans is No. 5. If you look at revenue by city pair for 2018, Birmingham - New Orleans is No. 5 and Atlanta - New Orleans is No. 8. Once again looking at revenue generated from the major cities south of Atlanta, New Orleans - New York, New Orleans - Washington and Birmingham - New York are 3 of the 10 largest revenue producers.