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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Connecticut

Connecticut is a state where train ridership is on a long-term uptrend, and ridership is poised to grow faster as the state advances the Hartford Line, from New Haven to Springfield, Mass., with more and better stations, and faster and … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Colorado

Train ridership in Colorado is poised to grow rapidly with the opening of FasTrack, a Denver-area public transportation expansion that will include four regional rail routes and some light rail lines. But for now, train ridership across the state is … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – California

Despite the widespread idea that driving is the only way to get around in L.A., California is actually one of the busiest states for passenger trains. And it is getting more so every year. Besides serving as the terminal for … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Arkansas

Amtrak ridership in Arkansas doubled over the decade from 2003 to 2013, before falling off a bit in 2014. But even with the one-year drop, Arkansas’ growth rate of 77% from 2003 to 2014 makes it one of the fastest … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Arizona

Amtrak ridership in Arizona has grown significantly in recent years as a result of growing ridership at Tucson and Maricopa on the Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle. Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Alabama

Train ridership in Alabama nearly doubled from 2006 to 2012. This post will look at the factors driving that trend. Alabama is served by three stations on Amtrak’s Crescent, an overnight train with sleeper service and coaches that travels 1,377 … Continue reading

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New Series: State of U.S. Passenger Rail

Train stations can form a hub of civic life and give a focal point to a downtown. Today I’m starting a new series that will indirectly aim to celebrate that quality. Each Sunday starting today and lasting for the next … Continue reading

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Fun Project – U.S. Rail Map

You can take the train to a lot of places in the United States. Specifically, 1,624 places in 46 states. The map you see above shows them: All of the stations on the 25 passenger railroads serving the Lower 48 … Continue reading

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The Coolest Greenway in New York

Check it out! This is definitely the coolest greenway in all of New York City. It is the Hell Gate Pathway (according to signs along the path) or Randall’s Island Connector (according to media references) underneath Amtrak’s monumental Hell Gate … Continue reading

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Whoa

OMG. This is horrible. Every time I see a burned out car parked on the street, I think, How can something like this happen? What bizarre series of events could have led to this?

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