Category Archives: commuter rail

State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Illinois

It’s regional railroad is one of the nation’s busiest, serving a catchment area that is larger, and with more stations, than any other. It has three mid-distance routes with multiple departures daily that fan out across the state. It has … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Florida

Passenger railroading in Florida took a hit after Hurricane Katrina, as we’ll see below, but it’s on the upswing in a big way with the newly launched SunRail regional railroad in Orlando, and this year’s planned opening of Miami Central … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – District of Columbia

Whether you look at statistics from Amtrak or from the two regional railroads that serve Washington, D.C., and we’ll do both below, ridership on trains to and from our nation’s capital is booming. The District is home to two railroad … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Delaware

Delaware, the home of the Vice President of the United States, “Amtrak” Joe Biden, is served at its northern end by nine Amtrak routes and by SEPTA Regional Rail‘s Wilmington/Newark Line to Philadelphia. Amtrak ridership has held steady over the … Continue reading

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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 – 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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2008: A Boom Year for U.S. Passenger Railroads

Two thousand eight may have been a bad year for the economy, but it was a great year for the United States’ passenger railroads, notwithstanding the horrific crash in Chatsworth, Calif., on Sept. 12 that killed 25 people. Nearly every … Continue reading

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America’s Thriving Passenger Railroads

The Long Island Rail Road is the busiest passenger railroad in the United States. (Photo by David Wong / RailPictures.net) The American Public Transportation Association released its 2007 ridership statistics last week. The regional railroad statistics (pdf) show the numbers … Continue reading

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