August 23, 2020 - - David Peter Alan -

Beginning Oct. 1, Amtrak is reducing service on its entire long-distance (L-D) train network from daily to three departures per week, except for the two trains that already run only tri-weekly-only schedules, and the Auto Train.

In our previous article in this series, we examined the economics of rail transportation and noted that cutting service costs more in the long run, as fixed costs do not go down, but revenue does because there are fewer riders.

Amtrak CEO William J. Flynn told Congress on May 25 that if it did not give the railroad a supplemental appropriation of $1.475 billion, on top of its $1.02 billion grant from the CARES Act, the Oct. 1. Service cuts would be implemented.

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