Amtrak Releases More 5-Year Plans

Amtrak recently released five additional medium-range plans pertaining to infrastructure, stations, transportation assets and service line.

Those plans, which have five-year time frames, compliment another five-year plan released previously pertaining to equipment.

Amtrak said the plans seek to provide an articulation of company goals for the next five years.

Each document uses a SWOT analyses (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) as part of the review.

The documents provide management’s thinking of the key issues facing Amtrak.

A review of the plans by Trains magazine concluded that although the plans contain much information, they also tend to reflect a bias by Amtrak management against long-distance passenger trains.

It cited as an example how the discussion of Amtrak service never mentions passenger miles and instead focuses on “subsidy per passenger” and the fact that long-distance routes sustained a $543.2 million operating loss.

Amtrak also views the long-distance trains as failing to meet the preferences of today’s travelers.

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