That is the question! Railway Age has a piece on this titled “Amtrak gets funding for Western services”. As quoted from the article, “The Coast Starlight, running between Los Angeles and Seattle, will receive $81.1 million; the Cascades, supported in part by the states of Oregon and Washington, will get $56.1 million.” So I want to know! Will we get increased service? Will we get more equipment? We ought to get more trains AND more service for that amount of money!
$81.1 million should EASILY buy enough sets to almost double frequency on the Coast Starlight Route. Amtrak might of course need to split some existing equipment and such, but the point is, they could do it. Maybe they could fix a few of those stretches that have wretched slow orders too? I’m almost scared to actually know what we’ll get for the money. I dread to think that it’ll all go to silly absurd things like painting stations or adding something stupid like parking, but I’ll give’em the benefit of the doubt. I look forward to the news.
As for the Cascades landing $56.1 million, we better get some more of that service Washington (and Oregon sort of) has promised us for years! We could easily double the passenger carried by doubling the number of trains. With $56.1 million that should get the system AT LEAST a few more engines and another 1-2 train sets. Of course those FRA regulatory mafia will have to lay off in order for Amtrak to get anymore of those excellent (and VERY safe) Talgo Trainsets, if Talgo would even sell us anymore.
So does anyone have any news on this? Any word lemme know!!! I’m chomping at the bit to know!