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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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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Montana

Montana’s rail ridership has fallen 3.1% from 2003 to 2014, one of only five states to have Amtrak ridership declines over that timeframe. The trend is no doubt a result of ridership declines on the state’s only route, the Empire … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Missouri

Missouri Amtrak ridership is up 75% from 2003 to 2014, making it the 11th fastest growing state for Amtrak ridership over that time frame. Let’s look at some of the underlying trends the state is experiencing. Missouri has 12 Amtrak … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Mississippi

Amtrak ridership in Mississippi has grown 41% from 2003 to 2014, making it the 22nd fastest growing state in the country over that time frame. This healthy uptick took place despite Amtrak losing four stations and one of what had … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Minnesota

Thanks to the launch of a new regional passenger railroad serving Minneapolis and its suburbs, Minnesota railroad ridership is up markedly over the past 12 years. However, the state’s Amtrak ridership is down 10.6%, one of only five states to … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Michigan

Amtrak ridership in Michigan is up 70% from 2003 to 2014, making the state the 12th fastest growing state in the country in terms of rail ridership. Let’s take a look at some of those underlying trends, but first, here’s … Continue reading

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