There is much truth in the problems that you describe. My only rejoinder is that the fix to these lies mostly through the Congress changing the charter and structure of Amtrak, and that too within a broader coherent integrated transportation vision. Continuously repeating that these problems exist to anyone that is wiling to listen to repeated rants (and mostly apparently ignore them anyways) and a management (poor as it is) that is clearly tolerated and at the same time starved of funding by its paymasters is what I find tedious. What are we going to do to fix Congress (and the executive branch) so that they will either take real responsibility for a coherent integrated transportation policy is the fundamental issue I think. Amtrak is but a small component of the overall problem. It is also a relatively small (but significant) component of the overall rail ridership in the US. Where passenger railroads have succeeded in the last 50 years, they have done so as part of a broader integrated transportation vision, not as an isolated "we run 12 LD trains and 3 corridors" kind of operation.