Re: “Feds OK Amtrak rerouting; courts may be next” (TNT, 3-5).
Amtrak claims the change in rail configuration with the Point Defiance Bypass project would save 10 minutes. Maybe. But how is this “saving” accomplished?
The time is primarily gained by eliminating the line running adjacent to Puget Sound between Point Defiance and Nisqually. This includes spectacular views of the Narrows, the Olympics, University Place, Steilacoom and the Chambers Bay Golf Course.
How many train riders really care about a potential 10-minute saving? How many would rather enjoy the view and may factor that in when taking the train?