Tag Archives: AMTRAK

When the node breaks…put logic back into logistics


I am writing everyone from a hotel room near the Denver and from my gate Denver International Airport. In case you didn’t see the update to the last post, my dream ride on the California Zephyr ended before it ever … Continue reading

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California Zephyr dreamin’…on such a winter’s day


Greetings from Boulder, Colorado, everyone! This evening I will be boarding Amtrak’s California Zephyr in Denver for the trip back east into the polar vortex. Not to say it’s not plenty cold and snowy here, but in comparison to what … Continue reading

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Riding the rails to/from college


Below is a list of college cities and towns and their fiscal year 2013 AMTRAK ridership data. Very large central cities with a 2010 Census population exceeding 500,000 (like New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Los Angeles, Fort Worth, Austin, … Continue reading

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Geography of AMTRAK’s 2013 ridership


Below are fiscal year 2013 ridership data from AMTRAK for the 20 leading states. As can be seen, passenger rail is no longer just a Northeast Corridor phenomenon. All three states along the Pacific Coast placed in the Top 20; as … Continue reading

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“Train Kept a Rollin” – AMTRAK’s busiest stations


Below is a list of the 25 cities/intercity railroad stations with the largest AMTRAK ridership in fiscal year 2011.  As a rider/supporter of AMTRAK and as an avid fan of railroad travel in general, I was quite surprised by some of the cities/stations … Continue reading

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Stop toying with AMTRAK funding, dammit!


I am so sick and tired of the conservative element in Congress annually trying to defund all or part of AMTRAK. Who are these fools? AMTRAK is regularly setting records for ridership and they want to reduce funding – approximately … Continue reading

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The time for 21st century rail in America


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Another round of kudos to AMTRAK


I had the sincere pleasure of riding AMTRAK for the second time this year over the past weekend. This time it was from Indianapolis to Chicago on the “Cardinal” and then from Chicago to East Lansing on the “Bluewater.” Both legs … Continue reading

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Eco-dude’s (my) favorite way to sight-see from sea to shining sea


Eco-dude returned home last night on AMTRAK from a long weekend from Chicago and I have to say, the train is the only way to travel over land (especially when you do not have a cape). It was truly enjoyable, smooth, … Continue reading

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A great ride on the rails


Despite the delay caused by a freight train, my ride on AMTRAK yesterday was very enjoyable. The coaches were clean, staff very friendly, and the price affordable. Approximately 150 people boarded in East Lansing and the train was nearly full … Continue reading

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