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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – North Dakota

The rise of Bakken oil shale has been a blessing and a curse for Amtrak ridership in North Dakota. It caused ridership to increase in a big way in 2012 when people were flooding into Williston looking for jobs in … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – North Carolina

North Carolina Amtrak ridership is the second-fastest growing in the country, with ridership up 125% from 2003 to 2014. We’ll look at the causes of that growth in a bit. But first, let’s do a quick overview of the characteristics … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – New York

New York had the highest Amtrak ridership of any state in the union in 2014, a title it regained after losing it to California in 2006. And New York is served by the three busiest regional railroads in the country: … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – New Mexico

New Mexico is a state that clearly understands the value of passenger rail. The state’s biggest success story is the initiation of New Mexico Rail Runner Express, a 97-mile, 15-station regional railroad serving Albuquerque, Santa Fe and nearby towns. Average … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – New Jersey

Despite actions by New Jersey’s governor, a Republican who terminated a major New Jersey rail expansion project that would have doubled track capacity into New York City then transferred the funds to roadway widening, and who has instituted massive increases … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – New Hampshire

Amtrak ridership in New Hampshire has grown 134% from 2003 to 2014, making it the fastest growing state in the nation for rail ridership over the last dozen years. The irony is that New Hampshire has that honor while being … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Nevada

Here we have the curious case of Nevada, where statistics show that train ridership has effectively held steady from 2003 to 2014, registering a nominal 3.4% decline. What is curious is that the statistics are unlike any other state, as … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Nebraska

Amtrak ridership in Nebraska has increased 32% from 2003 to 2014, which puts it at the 28th fastest-growing state in the country – right in the middle of the pack. Its fastest growing stations are the quietest ones, a trend … Continue reading

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