Originally Posted by BrokeCurmudgeon
Still no excuse in my opinion. I live in Utah and my wife has taken Amtrak from Salt Lake to Sacramento and back many times. Bad service and poor schedule. I want to take Amtrak from SLC to Charleston SC to visit our son but it is very expensive with a sleeper and one has to change trains in Chicago in the middle of the night and again in DC.
I believe that much more can be done to improve US domestic rail service despite the legitimate reasons you cite.
Canada has a great transcontinental rail service in the sparsely populated west.
I'm not sure I would say "Canada has a great transcontinental rail service in the sparsely populated west." It is a nice scenic drive but aside from major centres service is spotty.
Like Germany, VIA also runs to the minute - departures at least
There is decent service in the Quebec City - Windsor corridor; we often took the Toronto-Montreal train. And yes, you could set your watches to VIA leaving on time. Arriving ontime - not so much.