Is RPA Advocating for the Rail Passenger, Amtrak or both?

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  1. Jun 3, 2019 #1

    dlagrua

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    On a trip to Chicago on the CL, (5/14/19) we had the pleasure of sitting with Jonsie Stone and Jim Mathews of the Rail Passengers Association and enjoying some great conversation. We found them to be extremely nice people and their knowledge of passenger rail and working within the political system is quite amazing. I am convinced that RPA under Jim's leadership is working in the best interest of the rail passenger. What is surprising though is that I read that the association has been given a contract by Amtrak to act as one of their marketing venues. This is probably why Jim was diplomatic in defending Richard Anderson when I brought up the now dead SW Chief bus bridge proposal and our discussion about the terrible box meals.
    As our only voice in Washington on the advocacy of passenger rail; RPA is a beneficial association and everyone should be encouraged to join. Their existence apparently depends on representing the passenger and Amtrak itself so while still working for improved passenger rail, their public statements must be guarded. Such is life in the political world.
     
  2. Jun 3, 2019 #2

    dogbert617

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    Did you mention anything about other controversial moves Anderson has done, such as eliminate Pacific Parlour Cars on Starlight? And supposedly, the rumor I've heard that the Great Dome Car may not last much longer in service?

    Sigh, I see Jim Mathews' perspective, that he doesn't want to annoy Richard Anderson with any comments he makes. I just wish Anderson wouldn't propose things as stupid as doing the bus bridge in the middle of the SW Chief route, over instead(if it can't use that KS/CO/NM section anymore) rerouting the train through Wichita and Amarillo. Or say (as the rumor I once heard), doing the same 'contemporary' dining car food downgrade on the Capitol and Lake Shore to all other long distance trains. :(
     
  3. Jun 6, 2019 #3

    dlagrua

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    I am always careful when I quote people but will say that Jim Mathews did state that Richard Anderson does not want to discontinue the long distance routes. The 'bus bridge" proposal was apparently a ploy to see if congress would kick in more money to keep the route going. As for the dining service, I gathered that the plan is to serve Cardinal style preheated meals on the Eastern Routes to Chicago as soon as the large convection ovens are installed on Viewliner and CL diners. I do not believe that the diner service on the LD routes West is in jeopardy right now. Didn't get to discuss the Parlor and Dome cars but gather that Amtrak does not wish to bear the cost of refurbishment.
     
  4. Jun 6, 2019 #4

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    Amtrak has said they do see a difference between the one night Eastern trains and the 2 night Western trains. So what occurs in the East may not occur in the West.
     

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