Inter-city passenger trains in America are struggling to make a comeback.
Amtrak has purchased new locomotives and cars, making the trains more reliable.
Amtrak is trying very hard to regain some share of the passenger market,
with special promotions and improved service. Realizing that they can't compete with
airlines for speed, instead they choose to appeal to folks who want a more enjoyable trip.
The philosophy seems to be working, many routes are gaining passengers.
If you'd like to read more about what it's like to ride on Amtrak, be sure
to visit our Trip Reports page.
Rapid Transit and Light Rail
Many U.S. cities are building light rail and rapid transit systems. St. Louis, Denver,
Portland, San Diego, Los Angeles, Salt Lake and Seattle are among the many cities that are
either expanding the system they already have or building a system. The technologies vary
from city to city, ranging from vintage trolleys to brand new state-of-the-art subways.
They all share a common goal, to help relieve some of the congestion in urban areas, and
to give people an option other than driving their automobiles.
Rail Passenger News
You'll find Amtrak and Via Rail News in our Railroad News
Join us in the Rail Travel forum for all of the latest news and information about
Passenger Trains, Commuter Trains, Light Rail and Rapid Transit. Find out if Amtrak will
survive the next round of budget cuts. Where are trains being dropped, and what routes are
getting added service? Find out the latest, and post your comments.
John Kenna is the host for the passenger topics.
He will be happy to assist you in finding your way around the forum, and answer any
questions you may have.