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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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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Iowa

Train ridership in Iowa has risen 21% from 2003 to 2014. Let’s take a look at the individual station-by-station ridership trends to gain a more full understanding of the growth. But first, let’s review the configuration of railroad stations and … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Indiana

Indiana’s Amtrak ridership has grown 83% from 2003 to 2014, making it the 7th fastest-growing state in the nation in terms of rail ridership over that time period, which is the time period for all of these posts. The article … Continue reading

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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 – Idaho

The boundary between Idaho and Wyoming is defined by the meridian 111° 3′ W longitude. If the 38th Congress, when it created the Montana Territory out of Idaho in 1864, had continued this boundary northward, Idaho today would have nine … Continue reading

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