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Is a daily “Sunset Limited” worth $750 million? – Fred Frailey – Trains Magazine – Online Community: Forums and Blogs

Union Pacific has told Amtrak that changing the Sunset Limited’s frequency from triweekly to daily will cost the government-supported company about $750 million in capital improvements. It’s fair to say the vice presidents at Amtrak headquarters in Washington, D.C., are reeling from sticker shock.

Is a daily “Sunset Limited” worth $750 million? – Fred Frailey – Trains Magazine – Online Community: Forums and Blogs.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

2 Responses

  1. J. H. Sullivan says:

    No Amtrak train is worth spending $750M to make it daily, or
    hourly. This is just UP’s way of saying “NYET” to anything
    passenger. Watch for CSX and others to follow suit on the
    issue. In fact it was announced yesterday that CSX will see
    to add a surcharge on freight rates to cover PTC, and likely
    they will also put the hammer on Amtrak as well

  2. OAmundsen says:

    Fred, yesterday, covered the story of UP laying down “rules” for future passenger services on its rails which I take as a good sign for future passenger services: at a price.

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