Get McCain off his anti-Amtrak crusade. Tell him clearly and consistently he'll get no votes from you 'til he supports Amtrak at least to the extent he
backs the military. Tell him Amtrak's cost recovery ratio is higher than the military's.
Then get the States of Arizona and California to support the concept. Caltrans already has included Los Angels -- Palm Springs service twice daily
by 2008-2009. With Arizona support that could be Los Angeles -- Palm Springs -- Phoenix --Tucson service with at least three round trips daily to
provide day travel in both directions between Tucson and Phoenix as well as overnight service between Los Angeles and day service between os
Angeles and Palm Springs (maybe Yuma!)
Then the states and local agencies figure out how much it will cost to make the project happen, including the cost of restoring service to Phoenix,
track and signal work, overnight facilities, new (and rehabilitated) stations, etc. Then Arizona and California and their congressional delegations
lobby to get those funds.
Then the states and local groups figure out how, when, and where to promote the service. Not just in the Sun Belt, but also in other parts of the
Country and Canada where many visitors come from. Identify the tourist attractions near the stations, what draws the people, the universities, etc.
and prepare the advertising. Work with Amtrak sales and local school districts as has been done in California, Washington, and Oklahoma to
encourage local trips. Work with the military to use Amtrak to carry personnel between surviving military installations.
Probably wouldn't take more than four or five years after McClain either comes around or is replaced!