I agree, Mr. Palmland, that a more efficient Amtrak is desirable and necessary. I don't have a problem with Amtrak seeking to cut costs. However, draconian cuts in food quality and dining car availability, I think, are very much counter-productive.
I have a short list of pet peeves. [One of which is guys who wear $700 Brooks Brothers sport coats over Levi's jeans].
But back to the point. My Amtrak pet peeve is their unwillingness to test market new concepts, ideas, and services. Why couldn't they reinstate the Pacific Parlor Car by means of a surcharge to the cost of a sleeper? Why not greatly up the cost of a meal, in a dining car, as long as the quality of the food is, at least, of "Dennys" standards? Why not test market these ideas, say on just one Amtrak LD train, over the summer months. If it doesn't pan out, well, it doesn't pan out.
Good suggestion, Richard, but as we know Amtrak is not noted for their marketing innovations. I suspect they are very much in the ‘one size fits all’ mindset. Presumably to standardize operations and maintenance. But who knows, maybe some of your suggestions are what Anderson has in mind when he was recently talked about the possibly upgrading service on some ‘experiential trains’. We’ll see.
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Take this for what it be worth; there is an unsubstantiated report (isn't that called a rumor?) at another site stating that "Fresh and Contemporary" will offer a hot Dinner entre' such as Short Ribs.
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