Why Amtrak is in trouble. We recently looked into going to Washington DC by train. There is passenger service from Cincinnati. The problem is it only runs a couple of times each week going east and a couple of times a week going west. Now we can cope with the fact that in a couple of years baby squirrel would get there faster riding her big wheel. You can drive there in less then half the time it takes to ride the train. To get there for a conference that starts on Wednesday you have to leave Cincinnati the previous Wednesday and you can't return home until Sunday. If the ticket was free, who would put up with such a poor schedule? Maybe I can swim? How do you get from the Ohio River across to DC?