Tag Archives: passenger rail

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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Rails-to-contrails are taking off!


One of the most impressive things that I noticed during a recent trip about Denver’s magnificent international airport is that the city is not relying solely on the almighty automobile, shuttles, or buses for passenger access and ground transportation. Currently under construction … 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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Make gas hogs pay thru the snout


I am still amazed at the number of people who continue buying gas hogging SUV’s like Navigators and Tahoes. There are very few, if any, justifiable instances where these vehicles are practical, especially for family use. To me, those who continue … Continue reading

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I’m gonna be pissed! Save high-speed rail


How dare Congress consider eliminating high-speed rail. A “modern” nation (I’m beginning to questions whether we qualify for that status anymore) must support all forms of transportation, especially rail which is the most cost-effective and eco-friendly form for trips under … 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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