Category Archives: regional rail

State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Oregon

Railroading in Oregon is healthy and growing stronger, with Amtrak ridership up 19% from 2003 to 2014, and a new Portland-area regional railroad, Westside Express Service, growing by 66% since it started service in 2009 with service to five new … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s rail ridershp has surged nearly 70% from 2003 to 2014, making it the 14th fastest growing state in the country over the dozen year time frame we’re looking at in these posts. That growth is entirely due to the … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – New York

New York had the highest Amtrak ridership of any state in the union in 2014, a title it regained after losing it to California in 2006. And New York is served by the three busiest regional railroads in the country: … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – New Mexico

New Mexico is a state that clearly understands the value of passenger rail. The state’s biggest success story is the initiation of New Mexico Rail Runner Express, a 97-mile, 15-station regional railroad serving Albuquerque, Santa Fe and nearby towns. Average … Continue reading

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State of U.S. Passenger Rail – New Jersey

Despite actions by New Jersey’s governor, a Republican who terminated a major New Jersey rail expansion project that would have doubled track capacity into New York City then transferred the funds to roadway widening, and who has instituted massive increases … 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 – 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 – 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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