Recorded on June 19, 2009 using a Flip Video camcorder. Dr. Bill Pollard is among the more prominent passenger rail proponents and chairs the Texas Eagle Marketing and Performance Organization. He recently conferred with U. P. officials about Amtrak time-keeping expectations. He also comments on Amtrak’s proposal for the Sunset/Eagle routes. I interviewed him at the Little Rock Intermodal Steering Committee and Texas High Speed Rail Corporation meeting.
UPDATE: St. Louis today has a story about the dramatic improvement in on-time performance fot the once dismal run over to Kansas City.
In May, 93 percent of its passenger trains traveling between St. Louis and Kansas City arrived within 15 minutes of schedule — up from less than 1 percent last October. Its on-time performance has surprised longtime riders, who had become accustomed to delays as long as five hours.
Pollard has some insight on whether the improvements will continue when the economy improves.
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