Remember that recent winner, posted 8 days ago? On Saturday, November 15th?
It featured this passage:
Wouldn’t you just know it? Look what we just found on the NNEPRA web site:
PRIORITY ALERT: Track work to cause Downeaster delays
Due to continuing track maintenance work, all Downeaster trains are experiencing delays of approximately 20-30 minutes. Please check your particular train's status by using the Train Status tab or by calling 1-800-872-7245 and say "Train status".
PRIORITY ALERT: Track Maintenance November 17th to 21st
Weekday trains 683 and 686 will be cancelled during this time frame. Trains 681 and 684 will run on a modified schedule and will not service all stations. All other trains will run according to the regular schedule. For details please got to www.AmtrakDowneaster.com/ConstructionAlert.
All trains WILL run Thanksgiving week Nov. 22 to 30
You can trust them on that last assurance; this time will be different. So book your travel for that week now.
You turkey, you.
We’re almost embarrassed to report that our friend, shown above, has once again proven to be reliable in such things.
As proof, we came across this posting on the NNEPRA Amtrak page over the weekend:
PRIORITY ALERT: Track work to cause some Downeaster delays
Due to track maintenance work, delays are anticipated. Please check your particular train's status by using the Train Status tab or by calling 1-800-872-7245 and say "Train status".
As we see it, this announcement applies to Thanksgiving Week, November 22 to November 30, and who knows how many weeks beyond that. Progressive disclosure is the norm, as you should be well aware by now.
You can also decide how deeply to parse the official words to guess whether ‘anticipated delays’ could also include any cancellations. At some point, what does it matter? Your carefully laid plans get messed up either way.
Oh, that’s right. It matters for NNEPRA official reporting purposes. Putting the best face on things is the name of the game when you’re heading an operation that runs at a 50% loss or thereabouts.
Maybe they should double all the fares, and see how that affects reliable, on-time performance.
Even if ridership declines just a little.