Category Archives: Sunset Limited

State of U.S. Passenger Rail – Texas

You might not expect it, but passenger rail in Texas is experiencing a boom time right now. Amtrak ridership is up 69% from 2003 to 2014, making it the 14th fastest growing state in the country over that time frame, … 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 – Mississippi

Amtrak ridership in Mississippi has grown 41% from 2003 to 2014, making it the 22nd fastest growing state in the country over that time frame. This healthy uptick took place despite Amtrak losing four stations and one of what had … 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 – 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 – 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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