Image via Wikipedia One of the problems our present rail passenger service faces is the lack of integration between different carries such as Amtrak and Metrolink. This hold true here in Utah as there is no integration between Amtrak and the Front Runner Commuter Rail Service or TRAX however, most of that can be blamed directly on Amtrak being a none factor in our region. Here is links to a seven part series from the Intermountain Rail blog about integrating rail passenger service using examples from the airlines and the Thruway bus connections in California.
Poor Integration History
The Airlines-Code Sharing
The Airlines-The Regional Carriers
How it can be applied to rail passenger service
Integration of Schedules
The California Thruway: It Can Work
The Politics that holds us back