Monthly Archives: July 2015

State of U.S. Passenger Rail – North Carolina

North Carolina Amtrak ridership is the second-fastest growing in the country, with ridership up 125% from 2003 to 2014. We’ll look at the causes of that growth in a bit. But first, let’s do a quick overview of the characteristics … 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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