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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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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Massachusetts

With one of the busiest regional rail operations in the country, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is one of the nation’s premier states for passenger railroading. MBTA Commuter Rail, serving the Boston area, has been expanding in recent years, with the … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Maryland

Train ridership in Maryland has been increasing by leaps and bounds over the measurable past. First, let’s recap ridership patterns on the state’s regional rail system, MARC, which we last looked at as part of the post on Washington, D.C. … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Maine

Amtrak ridership in Maine is up 85% from 2003 to 2013, the sixth fastest growth rate in the nation over that time frame. In this post, we’ll examine the trends underlying that impressive growth rate. But first, let’s look at … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Louisiana

From 2003 to 2014, train ridership in Louisiana grew 30.5%, despite taking a huge hit during/after Hurricane Katrina. Let’s take a look at some of the underlying trends driving that growth. But first, a let’s look at the routes and … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Kentucky

From 2003 to 2014, Amtrak ridership in Kentucky actually declined. It is one of only five states for which that is true. But, the reason is entirely attributable to the elimination of the Kentucky Cardinal, which had run daily between … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Kansas

Train ridership in Kansas is up 86.2% from 2003 to 2014, making it the fifth fastest growing state in the nation over that time period and a case study in how ridership at rural stations is helping to fuel Amtrak’s … Continue reading

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