The most interesting bit of information in this detail laden report is in the last line. Amtrak total ridership last year in Beaumont: 1,662. Based on 6 arrivals and departures every week, that averages to around 5 passengers every time the Sunset stops.
(The paper ran a poll on the subject and the comments are priceless.)
TFA reported on the stimulus money set aside to fix this appalling situation a few weeks ago and there is indeed $1.25 million in federal money. That is almost unprecedented but the situation is so extreme and the city should be a prime stop.
The Beaumont Enterprise has a fine report and an unbelievable photograph of the “station.” There is no building, no bathrooms, and no sign. It looks like the site of the old SP station and all that remains is a concrete slab. There is no possible way to know where the Sunset stops except sheer luck. (I have requested permission to use the photograph.)
The city is understandably displeased with the present location and wants to move closer to downtown. The Kansas City Southern has taken a negative position on this, but it’s hard to tell from here what would be involved in relocating the stop to KCS trackage. Local leaders seem a bit perplexed by the sudden turn of events, and that is somewhat understandable.
Here it is, Beaumont. Tick, tick, tick.