I think this is reprehensible behaviour. I use the Amtrak train and “bus train” service up the corridor frequently and am appalled at the lack of improvement and importance but on this basic transportation resource.
The customer demand for another route is definitely there but the current schedule and booking is a huge detriment to use – as it is, if you want to travel by train (NOT bus), you must leave at 6PM arriving in Seattle at 10PM (earliest) with no continuing service southbound requiring a night over in Seattle. Coming northward requires an early morning departure from Seattle again not convenient for business or pleaure travellers.
The rest of the developed world has figured out trains as an eco-friendlier and human-pleasant mode of transport. Trains played such an in important role in opening up Canada but we’ve squandered the legacy.
With the prospect of increased tourism and trade at hand, could Canada please get on board with more cross-border train service, … please?