There is a rumor flying around today on another discussion forum about a possible ownership swap that could have major implications for the NEC. The rumor is that there is a massive deal being discussed that is related to Penn Station Access. Essentially what would occur in this rumor is that as part of Metro North gaining Penn Station access, Amtrak would take ownership of the New Haven Line between New Haven and New Rochelle, and CDOT would take ownership of the Springfield line. Additionally the rumor goes on to state that Amtrak would eliminate all of its service on the Springfield Line except for the Vermonter and CDOT would expand its CTrail commuter rail service to replace Amtrak on the Springfield line. Certainly some winners in such a deal, but also some losers. This could help Amtrak provide more reliability for the new Acelas. The big losers: The Amtrak employees on the Springfield line. Amtrak customers on the Springfield line (as we'd lose all single ticket Amtrak service except for the Vermonter.) And all stations north of Hartford on the Springfield line (As CDOT's priority on the line is NHV-HFD - I can see Windsor, Windsor Locks, and Springfield getting screwed without Amtrak's presence as the schedule will be built to maximize service for Hartford.) I personally hope (bias as I am a Springfield line Amtrak customer and this would negatively affect me) that this rumor is hogwash, but I guess we'll see what happens.